Jackie Gleason Mausoleum.

Jackie Gleason's Mausoleum

Field review by the editors.

Miami, Florida

Jackie Gleason -- a.k.a. Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners -- retired to the southeast coast of Florida in the 1960s because he wanted to play golf every day. He was a show biz guy who liked good cigars and loud Hawaiian shirts, and one would think that his tomb -- he died of cancer in 1987 -- would be a gaudy affair that would overlook a golf course in some ritzy place like Miami Beach. Instead, it's about as far inland as it's possible to get in Miami, in a relatively modest Catholic cemetery, under the landing path of the jets at the international airport. It appears to be the largest grave in the cemetery, but that's not saying much. Most of the other graves are mounted flush with the ground, so Jackie's stands out.

And Away We Go inscription.

Despite its size, Jackie Gleason's tomb is surprisingly anonymous. His name is inscribed on his sarcophagus lid, but you have to walk up into the tomb to see it. From the outside, the only inscription is the four words that were Gleason's signature parting line, "And away we go."

Gleason's Ralph Kramden character should remain firmly in the pop culture collective as long as there are TV reruns, but now a TVLand statue of the fictional New York City bus driver helps in the real world. It stands in front of NYC's Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Jackie Gleason's Mausoleum

Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery

Address:
11411 NW 25th St., Miami, FL
Directions:
Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery. Florida Turnpike exits 26, 28, or 29. On the north side of NW 25th St., between NW 112th and NW 117th Aves.
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