Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Mount Hope Cemetery 1898
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2010
Just inside the Erskine Avenue gates to the cemetery is this Archdiocese of Toronto plaque. Here's what it says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.713635 -79.38639
Mount Hope Cemetery was the fifth Catholic Cemetery in Toronto and the second to be established independently of any parish, the first being St. Michael's Cemetery.
The property was purchased by Sir Frank Smith and Eugene O'Keefe on behalf of the Archdiocese and Archbishop John Walsh. In one of his last official acts before his death on July 31, 1898, Archbishop Walsh opened and blessed Mount Hope Cemetery on July 9, 1898.
Edmund Sullivan, a native of Ireland has the distinction of being the first person buried in Mount Hope, interred in section 2, lot 25 on March 27, 1900. Today, more than 76,000 souls are buried throughout the 21 ha of beautifully manicured grounds.
As a memorial to the dedication of earlier generations to their faith, this plaque was blessed and dedicated by Most Reverend Robert B. Clune D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Toronto on June 27, 1999 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Hope Cemetery.
> Posted October 1, 2011
Hello, It would please me greatly if you could point me in the right direction....My name is Daria, and I am looking for my Grandparents plot number(s) at Mount Hope Cemetery (Erskine Ave.), so that I may visit when I come to Toronto (from Ottawa). My grandmother's name was Hazel Mitchell, born Mar. 28, 1898. She passed away on Dec. 25, 1973. My grandfather's name was Francis Mitchell, born Nov. ?, 1893, and he passed away on Aug. 2, 1944. If you are able to tell me what the plot number(s) is, it would be very much appreciated. Perhaps you might even see the specific date (in November) my grandfather was born. Thank you so much for any information you can provide me with.
Most sincerely, Daria Carriere, firstname.lastname@example.org
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