Two tours coming up at Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery. Well worth a visit even if you don't have family there.
Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 am
$10pp - cash only please; No reservations necessary.
Meet at Celebration Hall and Courtyard - 5445 Fraser St/39th http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKETOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/walks.html
Come Meet the Masons - the Masonic Section: tour by John Atkin
The two and a half acre Masonic section of Mountain View Cemetery was set aside for the use of the Masons in Vancouver in 1902 and was administered and maintained by them until the early 1960s. The Masonic Section features some of the more elaborate monuments in the cemetery and many well known Vancouver names including Ladner, Bell Irving, Horne, Blackmore, Bowser and others.
Remember Me As You Pass By - Tour of the 1919 Addition: tour by Lorraine Irving
"We will visit the graves of Joe Fortes and Janet Smith who both died in the 1920s. Janet Smith's murder has never been officially solved and two books have been written about her death. When Joe Fortes died he was described as the guardian of children at English Bay. He taught many to swim including my aunt. His funeral procession travelled from Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver to the cemetery with Joe's boat covered with floral tributes from Stanley Park. We will also visit the first Sons of Italy monument, Firemen's Benefit Association monument, accidental deaths and another murder."