Come and see what’s new in the cemetery, help with the cleanup, and ask questions of Committee members and others who will be there. Come if you have family members buried at St. Luke's. Come if you don't have connections to this cemetery to see what a hidden gem it is.
Carl Hughes from Meadowlark Memorials will be available to answer questions you might have about cleaning family markers. Cemetery Committee members will be able to help descendants find family graves. You are invited to drop in any time from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 25th for a Cemetery Open House/Cleanup Day.
The Open House/Cleanup Day will include a short tour starting at 10 am. Pam Gaudio will lead the tour and will provide information about the history of the cemetery and stories of some of the interesting people buried there. As well the church will be open and visitors are welcome to do a self-guided tour of the church. Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be served in the church. See the stories of some of the people buried in St. Luke's Cemetery at this link.
We have a number of recent improvements in the cemetery. One example is a new marker for James Stewart Simpson, applied for last July through the Last Post Fund of Veterans Affairs Canada, which was installed in December.
We now have new row markers in the cemetery. As you may know, the layout of the cemetery is a bit confusing since the graveyard was expanded in several directions over the years. We hope these row markers will help visitors and parishioners find their way around the cemetery.
We recently had a dry stone wall in the cemetery repaired. See pictures included with the recent news article. Christopher Barclay, who specializes dry stone walls, repaired this wall and would be happy to work on other walls for us as our funds permit.
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of engraving and installing the row markers (costing around $2700 to engrave and install) or repairing the dry stone wall (costing around $2000), St. Luke's would be most grateful. Please visit the Make a Donation to St. Luke's Cemetery link to find out how to make a tax receiptable donation by cash or cheque or using a credit card or debit card.
We hope to see you at the Open House/Cemetery Cleanup on May 25th when you can see all the “new and exciting things” happening in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Now, isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron for a cemetery!