Fathers Who Chose Cremation



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Walt Disney – This loving father and word famous animator died of cancer in 1966. Disney opted for a low cost cremation and his cremated remains were buried in California
Fact: In the 1970’s, a rumor spread that Walt’s body was cryogenically frozen and stored in an underground bunker at Disneyland.

Bud Abbot – Father of two adopted children, Abbot (of Abbot and Costello) was cremated after his passing in 1974, and his cremated remains scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
Fact: In 1991, Abbot was featured on one of five 29 cent US stamps celebrating famous comedians.

Saul, the King of Israel – King Saul was cremated with his two sons during a time when other Kings, said to be punished by God, were not.
Passage: SAMUEL I, 31, 12:"All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bet- Sha'an, and they came to Yavesh, and burned them there."

Albert Einstein – Died April 18, 1955. His name is synonymous with Genius, but he was just Dad to his three children. In his will, Einstein elected to be cremated and his ashes scattered in an unknown location.
Fact: Einstein’s brain was removed and preserved for scientific study.
Fact: In the 1970’s his brain was reportedly still in the hands of the doctor who removed it just hours after his death. Later gossip spread that it was stolen from a garage sale.

George Harrison – The “quiet” Beetle was also a patient, supportive father. Cremated immediately after his passing in 2001, Harrison’s ashes were scattered over a river in India.
Fact: The Harrison family cremated his remains within hours of death, not notifying the public of his passing until after it was completed.

Sigmund Freud – The father of psychoanalysis was also a father to three boys and three girls. Freud passed in 1939 of cancer and his cremated remains are located in an urn at the Columbarium at Golders Green Crematorium, London.
Fact: Though Freud had six children, he reportedly referred to his youngest daughter as, “my only son, Anna.”

Jim Henson – After his death in 1990 of Pneumonia, the creator of The Muppets was respectfully cremated. Henson’s family, including his five children, scattered his ashes over his ranch outside Santa Fe.

Dezi Arnaz – Latin music sensation and adoring hubby from “I love Lucy,” was cremated after his passing in 1986. His two children, Lucie and Desi Jr., scattered his ashes at sea.
Possible Fact: Mafioso’s, angered at the portrayal of Italians in Arnaz’s film, “The Untouchables,” ordered a hit on Arnaz that never delivered. The hit was canceled before his assassination and Arnaz reportedly never knew.

Christopher Reeves – Well known for acting rolls like Superman, Reeves was also a father of three. Cremated after his death in 2004, his ashes were retained by family.
Fact: Reeves widow had plans to scatter the ashes at an undisclosed location. It is unknown if the scattering ever took place.

Jerry Garcia – A mostly absent father of four, Grateful Dead lead man, Jerry Garcia was cremated after his passing in 1995.
Fact: Part of Garcia’s cremated remains were scattered in the Ganges River in India, the other was scattered over the San Francisco Bay.