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By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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The pile of snow on Jon Simard's grave at North Beverly Cemetery. (credit: CBS)

The pile of snow on Jon Simard’s grave at North Beverly Cemetery. (credit: CBS)

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BEVERLY (CBS) — A 12-foot mound of snow is stopping one family in Beverly from visiting a loved one.

“I want to see this pile move,” says Bridget Simard, whose son is buried under the 12-foot pile. “This here just took my breath away.”

The city of Beverly owns the North Beverly Cemetery, where plows have pushed snow from the cemetery roads up onto Jon Simard’s grave.

He was killed when he fell off a roof nearly ten years ago.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

“This is the last place where we got to say goodbye to him,” explains family friend Laura Reid. “That’s something he would have wanted, you know, ‘Come visit me. Come see me. Don’t leave me alone out here.’ And knowing that he’d be under 10 to 12 feet of snow, it’s just not fair.”

The Simards say their repeated attempts to reach the cemetery manager have failed. Now, they are trying to organize a group of relatives, friends, and volunteers to help them shovel.

“I just want to make it so the stone is showing,” says Bridget Simard. “It’s just overwhelming,” adds Jon’s sister, Tiffany.

Their goal is to get it done by Valentine’s Day, so the family can decorate the grave, as they do every year

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