Leatherman to be Reburied Today

Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY License # 49FA1074963

According to the Journal News, the legendary Leatherman will be reburied today in a more fitting place in Sparta Cemetary, further from Route 9. His original burial place was mere steps from the ever widening highway. The controversy that stemmed from the issue is now meaningless, as the Times reports that little more than coffin nails were found in his burial site. 

Scientists hoped to study his remains for some clues as to his ethnicity and medical condition, as the mysterious man was known to speak a French and little English, and made a 365 mile loop every 34 days between the Hudson Valley and Connecticut for decades, living off the land and the kindness of locals. Some people objected to the exhumation and especially the analysis of his remains, but no remains could be found. 

I drove past Sparta Cemetary this past week and saw the tent up where they were doing their work, and figured that I would see a story about it in the media shortly. He may be back with the Earth, but the Leatherman remains a fixture in local lore, and while other kids heard dumb stories about the New Jersey Devil if they got lost in the woods, we heard stories of a kindly soul who helped others in his wanderings, and our guy was rooted in true events. 

Godspeed Leatherman, wherever you are, and we'll never forget you. 

The Leatherman's Gravesite being moved away from the highway


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Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

J Philip, great tribute to Leatherman. Sounds like the myth of the Leatherman touched many souls around Sparta, and he will never be forgotten.

May 25, 2011 07:53 AM #1
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

The name of Leatherman is unfamiliar to me. Was he someone of legend, Philip?

May 26, 2011 12:40 AM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, this Scoutmaster could sure make a lot of camp fire stories up about this guy!

May 26, 2011 08:34 AM #3
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

I never heard of Leatherman, but would love to know more!  (Hey leave the Jersey Devil out of this!)

Checked those links...wish I had more info, I love this kind of story.

May 26, 2011 10:55 AM #4
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

J. Phillip.... inquiring minds want to know more!!  Do share. Thank you.

May 27, 2011 04:52 PM #5
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