Fairview Rep: 'Cemetery Open Only to Lot Owners'

The East Broad Street cemetery has been closed to the public since late singer Whitney Houston's Sunday burial.

Whitney Houston fans hoping to pay their respects will have to wait a little longer. Fairview Cemetery, where the late pop star was laid to rest in a private service Sunday morning, remains closed to anyone other than lot owners, a spokesman for the cemetery said Wednesday morning.

The private cemetery, where Houston's father, John Russell Houston Jr. was buried in 2003, has admitted those with loved ones interred there but has kept all others outside the gated property.

When the cemetery will reopen to the public "has not been determined at this point," the spokesman said.

More than 100 fans lined up outside the 105-acre cemetery Sunday morning to say their goodbyes to Houston, who died on Feb. 11 at the age of 48.


JERSEY GIRL February 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
How do you prove you have a loved one buried there? Is the guard sitting at the gate with a lap top of every person who is buried there? I dont know how that can be enforced.
Cannonchic February 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I think it is rediculous....what if you have a friend buried....it's not a relative...but you can't go visit because Whitney Houston is buried there...really??
Carole February 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I go there almost everyday, it has become my place of prayer...along side my father. each day it gets quieter and quieter, thank goodness. I wish the people of Fairview would give the families plaques for their cars stating they can be there. I appreciate the police presences to keep the gawlkers out, however, its disturbing to pull up everyday (maybe twice a day) to annouce your viisit. The only time I feel creepy is when the police officers role their eyes or sigh like they don't believe you. Its happened to me so far three days in a row. It would be nice to be identified and would certainly help the traffic jam. The cementary means so much more to some many other then a place where they buried a celebrity.
Jim February 23, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I saw the "writing on the wall". Putting Whitney in the ground and in a cemetery of this size was not a good idea. The family should have put her in a mausoleum in a larger cemetery to hold the amount of people visiting her grave. Check out Celia Cruz Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Its beautiful, Thick bullet proof glass on three sides of the mausoleum for all to see her crypt, photos and awards. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=7691977&PIpi=927813
Enough already February 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
It was only a matter of time to see the end result of putting Houston in Fairview. Why her family didn't put her remains in a mausoleum in her home town of Newark is beyond me.
Marni Sunshine February 23, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I'm no more of a Whitney fan than any other celebrity, but her family had every right to bury her where they wanted to. It is my understanding that Whitney's wishes were to be buried next to her Father. I understand it is inconvenient for those with loved ones also buried there, but give it a few more days, I'm sure the hoopla will fade soon. We are all taxpayers in this town. That doesn't give us a right to stipulate who can and cannot be buried in Fairview, celebrity or not. Give me a break.
samantha February 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Marni, obviously your love ones are not there. A couple days means alot to people. sorry but break? no you do not get
NR9 February 23, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I agree with Marni above. Celebrity or not, this was a daughter who wished to be buried beside her father. If, due to the existence of the deceased's many fans, that will inconvenience a few others for a few days, then those who are affected should modify their plans accordingly- the Houston family has just as much right to bury there as anybody else. That being said, I do think there is something to be said for Carole's comment that she visits her father there almost every day and others who were so attached to loved ones that they visit so frequently- that speaks volumes of strong, solid relationships. I could sympathize with that position as well. But, for a few days, maybe a week or more, others can be inconvenienced a bit by having to check in with someone at the gate so that the Houston family/fans can do what they need to do. It will slow down I'm sure. By the way, Tom's comment from above, while probably meant just to be funny, probably would keep a lot of fans away while still giving them the experience they're looking for.
january may February 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
You know what will happen now, and so does Fairview. As much as they want to keep it open to the public, we now have foreigners from Newark and worldwide now coming to colonial Westfield. Once that happens, forget it. Comes the vandalism, the theft and everything else. You think they will all come from far and wide and just go to the cemetery and go home? They will be casing the whole town. Westfield has been going down the tubes for years, this is the last straw.
Monk February 24, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Ha! The Daily Star tabloid of London published a story stating $300K of jewelry is buried with Houston's body, and now there is a risk of grave robbery!
A Mars February 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
First, let me say I am a fan of Ms. Houston. That said, given the scope of her popularity etc, the correct thing to do would.be to relocate both her and her father (there are already graves on either side) to a secure vault and a more appropriate enclosure for a star of her magnitude. My hunch is that something is already in the works.
Laura Mc March 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
How dare Fairview and the Police demand proof of being a relative of a deceased person laid to rest there! Not for nothing, what was the family thinking to bury her with close to a million dollars of jewelry on her? My dad's 23rd anniversary is on 3/26 and I expect to be able to simply enter and go to his site. I can foresee a class action lawsuit coming because closing the cemetery is outright wrong! This is similar to going to church and being asked to prove you are a child of God!
JERSEY GIRL March 09, 2012 at 01:01 PM
When are they going to reopen the back gates? Why do I have to take a tour from the front gate to visit my relatives located near the Greek Church? That is not fair.
Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
According to the receptionist at Fairview, the back gate will remain closed "for the time being" until "things die down with Whitney." Also, she said identification isn't necessary but you will need to indicate which gravesite you'll be visiting.
harry March 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
@Liz an unfortunate choice of words from the receptionist....
Nick Nacks March 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM
My parents, aunt, uncles and a friend are all buried there ... the friend very close to where the Houstons are interred. I agree it is an inconvenience for all who like to visit the graves regularly, and hopefully that will end soon. My main concern was, will the Houston visitors/fans/gawkers have respect for those laid to rest in the immediate area? Will they remember in their quest to touch the stone or photograph the grave that others' loved ones are also there? That's what I'm most concerned about, I certainly wouldn't want anyone disrespecting the final resting place of my family and friend.
JERSEY GIRL March 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
What I dont get is, why did the Cemetary allow Mr.Houston to be buried there, so close to the fence and near other people. Why not suggest he be placed in a Vault? Now, people who legitimately have family in the same "row", are discouraged from visiting their loved ones, for Whitney is resting in peace in that vicinity. In their grief, couldnt someone have suggested to the Houston's that this wasnt the best place for her? I have a family in that same row, and all over that section of that cemetary and now I have to deal with the back gates being locked, being stopped at the gate and taking a tour throughout the cemetary to get to the back area. The cemetary is a public place and I totally understand that they are trying to discourage "gawkers" but this is becoming a total inconvienence to say the least.
Linda April 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree with you Jersey Girl! My opinion is that they turned this cemetary into a circus! I have relatives buried there and it pains me to think that I will get hassled if I go! So for now I will stay away from all that nonsence!
LuAnn April 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I was there on Easter and the cops were gone and it seems that Fairview has there own security car driving around. We were not stopped at all and my family is buried a few rows beyond the Houston site and we were left alone. I hope the craziness is over now.
JERSEY GIRL April 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What are they building in the area of her grave site? Are they building a structure over her grave?
SP-User April 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I go a couple of times a month. It is not a problem. If you have a reason to go, just drive up and say 'Hi." The officer seems to know what he was doing. A woman behind me was turned away because she could not think of who she was visiting. And the gates are closed because of the numb-skull traffic beaters who do not want to wait at the top of Gallows Hill road.


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