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Volume 26 No. 109
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Family Nearing Completion Of Detroit Tomb For Late Mike Ilitch

The ILITCH family is "nearing completion of a towering tomb" for late Tigers and Red Wings Owner MIKE ILITCH, according to a front-page piece by Robert Snell of the DETROIT NEWS. The neo-Classical mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Mich., "carved out of white granite mined from a California quarry, features bronze doors and twin angels and serves as a throwback to a gilded age when lumber barons, auto industry pioneers and politicians built cavernous crypts in historic Detroit cemeteries." The project, built by the same firm that constructed memorials and mausoleums for JIMI HENDRIX and Titans Owner BUD ADAMS, comes after a "prolonged delay that left the remains of one of the world's richest men temporarily interred in the lower level of a community mausoleum." MICHAEL FISHER, a local funeral home owner, estimated that the Ilitch mausoleum "could cost $750,000 or more." The plot "backs up to a forest and is 420 feet down the street" from the mausoleum of WALTER BRIGGS, sole owner of the Tigers from 1935 to 1952. The distance between the mausoleums is the "same span between home plate and the center field wall at Comerica Park, home of the Ilitch-owned baseball team" (DETROIT NEWS, 8/21).