Grimsby Mountain Cemetery - Grimsby, ON, Canada
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bon Echo
N 43° 10.373 W 079° 33.661
17T E 616960 N 4781018
Quick Description: A grand-opening plaque and a modern cemetery
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 6:16:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMJDM9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
Views: 10

Long Description:
I personally find it a little strange to think of a Grand Opening celebration being held for the opening of a cemetery. First off, a cemetery is not the most celebrated location, more of a sad place if you ask me. And who's so glad to see one opened? Yes they are necessary. I also see some irony in a grand "opening" for a "final place of rest".
This Grand opening plaque is located at the entrance of a "newer" cemetery near Grimsby Ontario.
The plaque reads:


Official Opening Ceremony
27 June 1998

Mayor Nick Andreychuk and Alderman Don Howe
Dedication by Reverend Martin Woller

Town Council 1998
Mayor Nick Andreychuk
Aldermen Jim Heywood
Martin Poos
Don Howe
Wendy Watt
Wayne Fertich
Gord Roddy
Jeff Jordan
Jeff Mullins

Cemetery Steering Committee
Aldermen Don Howe
Tony Joosse
Sam Lee

Kathy Vout
Town Clerk

Bob LeRoux
Director of Public Works

About the Grimsby Mountain Cemetery:
(from the Town Of Grimsby Website (visit link)
"Located at the corner of Mountain and Elm Tree Roads, Mountain Cemetery was opened in 1998. The site comprises a total of 32.5 acres purchased for a price of $294,210, and is expected to meet the needs of Grimsby residents well into the future."
This cemetery is considerably young in comparison to most cemeteries, and it certainly has a look and feel unlike that of most old cemetaries. I also found it interesting that there is a full online database of all persons buried here, by surname, with information such as date of death, date of burial, and location within the cemetery.

The plaque does not clearly specify the person that officiated at this ceremony, but three names stand out as being key figures in the event - Mayor Nick Andreychuk, Alderman Don Howe, and Reverend Martin Woller. As expected, there is very limited information about these persons. Here is what I was able to find for each:

Nick Andreychuk served the Town of Grimsby as politician from 1973 until 2010, making him the longest serving politician in the history of the town. He served as mayor for 13 years.
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Don Howe served three terms as Alderman in the Town of Grimsby, from 1991-2000.
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Reverend Martin Woller was pastor of the Danish Lutheran Church of The Niagara Peninsula between 1993 and 1999
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What was opened/inaugurated?: A public cemetery

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: A cemetery

Date of the opening/inauguration?: 1998

Website about the location: [Web Link]

Website about the person: Not listed

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