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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Father’s Shrine to Son Causes Legal Stir

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Every morning for over 900 days, Fred Molai has visited his son’s grave at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio.

Adam Molai, a U.S. Navy petty officer, died in a rafting accident in 2011.  His father has created an elaborate shrine to him, which includes two large posters on poles over eight feet high.  After notifying Fred Molai that the posters violated cemetery rules, the cemetery gave him seven days to take them down or have them removed by cemetery officials.  Molai refused to take down the posters or put them on shorter poles.  He sued them in Portage County Common Pleas Court, which issued a temporary order in his favor blocking removal of the posters and ruled that the proper venue was the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Committee.  Molai says he plans to meet the 45 day deadline.

Molai bought 15 plots, at $500 each, and uses only five of them for his son’s monument.  He spends about 10 to 15 minutes every day at his son’s grave, saying the visits help him with his grief.

See Jim Carney, Kent Monument to Son Causes Legal Stir as Father Is Told to Take Down Posters at Cemetery, Akron Beacon Journal, Apr. 23, 2014.

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