Jackie Gleason's Florida Resting Place
by Mike Miller
Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows
I enjoy visiting Jackie Gleason's grave, although I wish he were still around in person.
Jackie Gleason made big news back in 1964 when he moved to Florida and brought along all of his television production facilities from New York City and set them up in Miami Beach.
The story was that he made the move because of his love for golf. He wanted to play the game all year long, so he built a home at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, Florida. He lived in that home for the rest of his life.
For those of us a certain age, Jackie was as big a star as there was back in those days. He was famous for his television shows, including the priceless skits known as "The Honeymooners" where he played the long suffering bus driver Ralph Kramden.
Gleason was so typecast in that role that many people forget he started his television career as Chester A. Riley on "The Life of Riley".
He was also an accomplished band leader and recorded many albums. As an actor, he was also exceptional. Many remember him as "Minnesota Fats" in the movie "The Hustler" with Paul Newman. He was quite a guy and lived life to the fullest.
Jackie died in 1987 at home in Florida. He is honored in many places in south Florida, including the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach.
His gravesite is in the Doral area of Miami, almost out to the turnpike, in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery. The address of the cemetery is 11411 Northwest 25th Street, Doral, FL 33172. Just keep driving west on NW 25th St until you dead end in the cemetery. No pun intended.
His monument is accessible and you can see his very appropriate epitaph: "And Away We Go".