Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
The Timothy Eaton family crypt
|Established||November 4, 1876|
375 Mount Pleasant Road|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Owned by||Mount Pleasant Group|
|Official name||Mount Pleasant Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada|
In the early 19th century, the only authorized cemeteries within the city of Toronto (then known as York) were limited to the members of either the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England. Deceased citizens who did not belong to either of these Christian denominations had no choice but to find burial arrangements outside of the city. In 1873, a new cemetery available to all citizens was conceived. Originally a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm, on the far outskirts of Toronto, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened on November 4, 1876 with more than twelve miles (19 km) of carriage drives along rolling hills and ponds. Mount Pleasant Road was later constructed to pass through the centre of the cemetery and is named after this cemetery. With the growth in population, today the cemetery is located in the centre of the city. While the watercourses have since been filled in, the cemetery still has many miles of walking paths, interspersed with fountains, statues, botanical gardens, and rare and distinct trees.
As the final resting place of more than 168,000 persons, Mount Pleasant Cemetery contains remarkable architecture amongst its many monuments. The cemetery was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000.
Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre
Completed in the Fall of 2009, the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre is a new building of approximately 2,200 square meters in size built on the cemetery grounds and providing visitation space and chapel services.
The cemetery began planning the building as early as 2004, but disputes with the City of Toronto, local ratepayer associations, and the Ontario Municipal Board all delayed the project. Changes were made as a result of this process, most notably vehicle access is now through the cemetery grounds only (near the cemetery offices), not directly from Moore Avenue.
- To commemorate the 118 lives lost in the fire that destroyed the Great Lakes luxury cruise liner SS Noronic on September 17, 1949, a memorial was erected by the Government of Ontario.
- Children's Garden Memorial was created to remember all the stillborn and children without known parents the province buried in one area with no stones or markers.
- A memorial was erected sometime after 1912 in honour of two soldiers killed returning from a training exercise in 1912 and as a monument to the 48th Highlanders of Canada's veterans and war dead of the South African War.
- William George 'Billy' Barker, VC, DSO & Bar, MC & Two Bars (1894–1930), LCOL, 201 Squadron, RAF. World War I flying ace, Victoria Cross recipient.
- George Fraser Kerr, VC, MC & Bar, MM (1895–1929), CAPT, 3rd battalion (Toronto) Central Ontario Regiment, CEF. World War I Victoria Cross recipient.
- Guy Simonds senior officer of the Canadian Army in World War II, known as the "Liberator of Holland."
- Arthur Godfrey Peuchen Lieutenant-Colonel (1859–1929) was a Canadian businessman and RMS Titanic survivor. He was also a World War I veteran.
- Ethel Flora Fortune (1883-1961) was a first-class passenger and a survivor of RMS Titanic.
- Sir Frederick Banting (1891–1941) & Charles Best (1899–1978), co-discoverers of insulin. Banting, a Major in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at his death, is one of 230 Commonwealth service personnel from both World Wars who are buried in this cemetery and registered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Bertha Harmer (1880–1934), prominent Canadian/American nurse
- Jennie Smillie Robertson (1878–1981), Canada's first female surgeon
- Mario Bernardi (1930-2013), pianist, conductor
- Bobby Gimby (1918–1998), writer of the Expo 67 theme: Ca-na-da
- Glenn Gould (1932–1982), musician, pianist, composer, musical theorist
- Alexander Muir (1830–1906), author of The Maple Leaf Forever (1867), Canada's early (unofficial) national anthem
- John Rutsey (1953-2008), original drummer for progressive rock band Rush
- Robert Watkin-Mills (1849-1930), concert and oratorio singer
- Alfred J. Billes (1902–1995), co-founder of Canadian Tire.
- George Montegu Black II (1911–1976), president of Canadian Breweries Limited.
- Matthew James Boylen (1907–1970), mining magnate (Brunswick Mining and Smelting Corp. Ltd), racehorse owner.
- William Mellis Christie (1829 – 1900) is the namesake for the Canadian Mr. Christie brand of cookies and biscuits.
- George Albertus Cox (1840–1914), businessman (founder of Central Canada Loan and Savings Company and National Trust Company), Ontario MP and Senator.
- Robert T. Davies (1849–1916), businessman, racehorse owner
- William Henry Davies (entrepreneur) (1831 – 1921) Canada's first meat packer, also first artificial refrigeration.
- Timothy Eaton (1834–1907), department store magnate (Eaton's)
- James Henry Gundy (1880–1951), stockbroker, co-founder of Wood Gundy Inc.
- Henry R. Jackman (1900-1979), businessman and politician, father of Lieutenant Governor Henry N.R. Jackman
- Albert Edward Kemp (1858–1929), businessman and politician
- Hart Massey (1823–1896), businessman (founder of Massey-Harris) and philanthropist
- William McMaster (1811–1887), banker, statesman, a founder of McMaster University and CIBC
- Ryland H. New (1888–1979), businessman (head of Hamilton and Toronto Sewer Pipe Company and founder of National Sewer Pipe Company Limited), racehorse owner
- Arthur Godfrey Peuchen (1859-1929), businessman (Standard Chemical, Iron & Lumber Company of Canada, Ltd), soldier; survivor of RMS Titanic
- Edward S. Rogers Sr. (1900–1939), founder of Rogers Majestic
- Joseph Rotman (1935-2015), businessman and philanthropist
- Steve Stavro (1928–2006), businessman (founder of Knob Hill Farms), horse breeder, former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Robert Simpson (1834–1897), department store magnate (Robert Simpson Limited)
- Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet (1923 – 2006), businessman (son of founder of Thomson Corporation), art collector, richest person in Canada
- George Weston (1864–1924), businessman, founder of George Weston Limited
- W. Garfield Weston (1898–1978), businessman and British MP
- James Cox Aikins (1823–1904), politician (Canada West MLA, Ontario Senator, federal cabinet minister), Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
- Herbert Henry Ball (1863–1943), politician (Toronto alderman, Ontario MPP and cabinet minister (King's Printer of Ontario)
- Fred Gardiner (1895–1983), politician (reeve of Forest Hill, Metro Toronto Chairman)
- William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874–1950), Prime Minister of Canada
- Egerton Ryerson (1803–1882), minister, educator, politician (Chief Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada), and public education advocate
- Sir Clifford Sifton, politician (Manitoba MLA, Ontario MP, federal Minister of the Interior)
- Donald Dean Summerville, Mayor of Toronto and Toronto Alderman (Beach)
- William Summerville, Member of Toronto Board of Control, Ontario MPP
- Howard P. Whidden, clergyman, professor, politician (Manitoba MP), Chancellor of McMaster University
- George Howard Ferguson (1870–1946)
- William Hearst (1864–1941)
- George Stewart Henry (1871–1958)
- Sir Oliver Mowat (1820–1903), also considered a Father of Canadian Confederation
- John Rolph (politician) was a physician, lawyer and political figure in Upper Canada.
- George William Ross (1841–1914)
- John Black Aird (1923–1995), lawyer
- Herbert Alexander Bruce (1868–1963), surgeon (buried: Plot Q, Lot 143)
- Sir William Clark (1836-1915), lawyer
- Lionel Herbert Clarke (1859–1921), brewer
- John Keiller MacKay (1888–1970), lawyer, judge
- Albert Edward Matthews (1873–1949), broker
- Samuel McBride (1866–1936), lumber merchant
- Robert John Fleming (1854–1925), businessman
- Warring Kennedy (1827–1904), businessman
- Robert Hood Saunders (1903–1955), lawyer
- Thomas Urquhart (1858–1931), lawyer
- Allan Lamport (1903–1999), Toronto Transit Commission Commissioner
- William Dennison (1905-1981) educator
- Arnold Brown (1913–2002), General of The Salvation Army
- Jonathan Goforth (1859–1936), Presbyterian Missionary
- Billy Burch (1900–1950), Hall of Fame ice-hockey player
- Charlie Conacher (1909–1967), Hall of Fame ice hockey player (NHL) and coach of the Oshawa Generals. Buried Section 41, Lot 351
- George Imlach (1918–1987), hockey player, NHL general manager and head coach
- Dick Irvin (1892–1957), Hall of Fame ice-hockey player and coach
- George Knudson (1937–1989), PGA Tour golfer
- Igor Korolev (1970-2011), Russian born NHL and KHL hockey player, KHL coach
- George Seymour Lyon (1858–1938), Olympic Gold Medal golfer
- Bill Zock (1918–1988), Hall of Fame CFL football player
- James Bain (1842–1908), first chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library
- Victor Child (1897–1960), painter, etcher and illustrator at the Toronto Telegram
- Greg Clark (journalist), OC OBE MC (25 September 1892 – 3 February 1977) was a Canadian war veteran, journalist, and humorist.
- Fred Davis (1921–1996), popular television and radio host
- Jack Dennett (1916 – 1975) was a Canadian radio and television announcer.
- Northrop Frye (1912–1991), educator, literary critic
- Edward Greenspan (1944-2014), famed defense lawyer
- Barbara Hamilton (1926-1996), actress
- Theodor August Heintzman (1817-1899) created Heintzman pianos
- Foster Hewitt (1902–1985), television and radio (hockey) broadcaster
- David Milne (1882-1953), impressionist painter
- F. W. Micklethwaite (1849–1925), prominent photographer
- Laura Muntz Lyall (1860–1930), impressionist painter
- Alison Parrott (1974-1986), a murdered 11-year-old
- John A. Pearson, architect from the firm Pearson and Darling
- Robert Sutherland (c.1830-1878), Canada's first black lawyer, and an important benefactor and alumnus of Queen's University
- W. Stewart Wallace (1884–1970), historian, librarian, and editor
- Peter Worthington (1927–2013), journalist
- Official web site
- Filey, Mike Mount Pleasant Cemetery (1990) Firefly Books ISBN 0-920668-69-0
- Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- http://www.visitationcentre.ca/MP_new-visit.html Accessed October 2nd, 2009
- http://www.visitationcentre.ca/MP_design.html Accessed October 2nd, 2009
- http://www.moorepark.org/ Accessed October 2nd, 2009
- "48th Highlanders of Canada memorial". National Defence Canada. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- CWGC Cemetery Report.
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