A DAD insisted on being buried in a garden of the house he was born and died in – which has now gone on the market for £125,000.
Michael Jackson, 61, was born in the three-bedroom semi in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and lived there until his death in September.
The family home has gone on the market with an added extra of the owner being buried in the back gardenCredit: Ben Lack
Micheal Jackson grew up in the three-bed house with his family and opted to stay once everyone else moved outCredit: Ben Lack
His dying wish was to be laid to rest in the garden and his grieving family saw it through weeks later.
A local vicar consecrated the ground where the fish pond once stood and held an intimate service.
But the family have now decided to sell up and have put the red-brick house on the market for £125,000.
Photographs taken by estate agents show the disturbed soil where Michael’s coffin was buried.
A stone birdbath sits nearby, next to Michael’s wooden sheds.
TOMB WITH A VIEW
His mum, Joan, 84, said: “Michael loved that house and always said he wanted to be buried there.
“The whole family knew that was what he wanted.”
His son, also called Michael, said: “Dad was born and lived all his life in the house.
“It seems right that he remains there. He wanted the house to stay in the family.”
The popular odd-job man, who has four kids and six grandchildren, was born at the property in 1958.
It seems right that he remains there. He wanted the house to stay in the family.”
His son Michael
Mum Joan and his late father, James, raised Michael and his seven siblings in the house.
But Michael never left and remained there when his mum chose to move out.
The Leeds United fan put the club crest onto the brickwork at the front, kept budgies, racing pigeons, rabbits, chickens and ducks.
But at the end of September last year he accidentally choked to death whilst eating.
His grieving sister, Denise, 63, said: “Michael was a cheeky chappie. He would help anybody with anything.
£125,000 PRICE TAG
“He always said he wanted to be buried in the back garden and be a part of it and now he is.”
The online listing for the property tells house-hunters it comes with no “onward chain”.
But it warns: “Please be aware this property is being sold by family members as part of a relatives estate.
“It was the deceased’s wishes to be buried in the garden as he was born and died in the house.
“This wish has been carried out and the property will be sold as is.”
It comes with an entrance hall, a living room with a wood stove, sliding doors through to the conservatory, a pine fitted dining kitchen, three “good size bedrooms” and a white suite bathroom.
Estate agents Manning Stainton said the garden where Michael is buried is currently rented from Leeds City Council.
The Leeds United fan put the club crest onto the brickwork at the front of the houseCredit: Ben Lack
Part of the garden, where the deceased is buried is currently rented from Leeds City CouncilCredit: Zoopla/Manning Stainton
The interior of the home is relatively normal, and would pass off as any other property listingCredit: Zoopla/Manning Stainton
Micheal’s mum said: “Michael loved that house and always said he wanted to be buried there.” Credit: Ben Lack
Mum Joan and Micheal’s late father raised Michael and his seven siblings in the houseCredit: Ben Lack
Odd-job man Michael never left the house even when his family moved out, and is now buried in the back gardenCredit: Ben Lack
The three bedroom home was put on Zoopla with the explanation of the owner being buried in the backCredit: Zoopla/Manning Stainton
The previous owner’s final wish was that the property should be sold as isCredit: Zoopla/Manning Stainton