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Louis M. (#46599444)
 member for 12 years, 7 months, 14 days
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Bio Photo Taphophilia (a passion and enjoyment of cemeteries) has been my main hobby since the late 1970's when I was a junior in high school. I discovered that cemeteries in and around Los Angeles were the best places to hide from truant officers. It was in these adopted sanctuaries that I began to appreciate my surroundings: the grounds, the headstones, the architecture, the artwork and most importantly, the residents.

In October of 2010, I founded The Traveling Taphophiles, a group that sets out once a month to visit cemeteries. Our travels have taken us as far as New Orleans. I'm fortunate to have met others that share my hobby and to have forged some great friendships along the way.

Once photos have been posted, feel free to use them as you wish - photo credit isn't necessary.

Happy Graving ~

Louis DuMort

I miss Chris and Martha with all my heart.
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Santa Barbara
Hey Mr. T. (Taphophile),

I so enjoyed spending time with all of you. So much more fun than I imagined. I look forward to keeping in touch and many future outings. Best regards from WeHo! James
Added by Romper90069 on Jul 24, 2016 12:22 PM
Kathleen Warner Austin
Thank You!
Thank you for the photo of Della Willson's grave stone. She was a very special person to me and being able to see her grave means more than I can say. Thank you so much for your generous gift of time and effort.
Added by Kathleen Warner Austin on Jul 22, 2016 1:55 PM
Donald Pennigton - Photo
Thank you for this photo. J
Added by J on Jul 21, 2016 7:26 AM
Hi Louis,
Taphophilia? Huh, I never knew! (Must admit I do like the sound of it.) Luv that you founded a group to acknowledge your passion. I too would plan bike rides to cemeteries 2 & 4 miles from home with my friends, long before we were old enough to drive. We loved gazing at the various markers & memorials, especially the ones with the ceramic black & white photos. We'd image what their life was like and usually took turns fabricating their family histories, then we'd usually say a tiny prayer for their soul before we moved on to the next attraction. After all, we were kids and didn't want to leave anyone angry, or attract a hitch-hiking souls on our bike ride home (silly children). To this day, when I travel or journey on vacations, I visit cemeteries. The ones in the U.K. are my favorites, especially Kilmartin, Scotland! Can you send me info about your Traveling Taphophilia group? Im in Michigan.
Thanks in Advance!
Added by Madre on Jul 17, 2016 12:44 PM
S Zehr T
Florence Warfield
Thank you for the photo of Florence Elizabeth Warfield's memorial plaque in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles Co., CA. My Mother has been looking for her resting place for many years. She was my Great Grandmother through her first husband, James Francis Marion Childers. Great Grandpa was shot in the back in Faulkner Oklahoma after slandering another man's wife. She then met Mr. Warfield and married him. Just thought you might be interested in that little bit of family history.
Added by S Zehr T on Jul 02, 2016 6:37 PM
Thank you Louis for the wonderful memorial you wrote for Miss Mary Ann. So many of us grew up with her on Romper Room.

It is fitting that she be remembered here on Find a Grave.

Thanks for being such a good " Do Bee"!

You are always so thoughtful and helpful with photo requests.

Diane Eaton Hacker
Famlygeni (#46543144)

Added by Famlygeni on Jun 29, 2016 12:14 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
Kenneth Russell Leonard
Thanks so much for the wonderful photo!
Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM
Genealogy Buff
Chapman photos
Thank you for the photos of the Chapman stones. Appreciate it very much. JoAnn
Added by Genealogy Buff on Jun 22, 2016 6:57 AM
Kathryn Moore
Arthel Redmon's Headstone Photo
Dear Louis,
Bless you! Bless You ten times over. Seeing my Aunt Arthel's headstone brought tears to my eyes, especially seeing as it is not possible for to travel to her gravesite. Your kindness and photo has given me the virtual visit I needed, and is there for all of our family. Thank You!
Added by Kathryn Moore on Jun 22, 2016 5:08 AM
Floyd Byron Speck
Thank you so much for providing a picture of my great-uncle's grave! Today my children and I photographed some graves in a local cemetery. I hopped on the computer to upload the pictures (my first time ever doing it) and I wondered if Find A Grave would email the people who had requested the pictures to let them know they were now available. So, when I opened my email and discovered you had filled MY request, my question was answered. What a wonderful gift to receive on the very same day I completed pictures for others! Guess the old saying is true, what goes around comes around! :)

Thanks again!
Patty Olsen
Added by PLTOlsen on Jun 21, 2016 10:35 PM
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