In this short clip, Donald Combe, the Sexton of St. Mark's Cemetery in Niagara on the Lake (est. 1792), talks about a small stone for a child, and how, despite not knowing much about it (or the child), we can see its expression of love that echoes across time.
In this video I interviewed St. Mark's Cemetery (Niagara on the Lake) Sexton, Donald Combe. Donald has been the Sexton there for many years and has amazing stories to tell. In this clip, he tells the story of two young girls who mistook the name "Kitty" on a gravestone for a cat.
This video explores the tragic case of John DeBiasi, a carpenter who died working on the Welland Canal in 1924, and his wife Mary's attempts to pick up the pieces and communicate with him through a medium - Jenny O'Hara Pincock - in St. Catharines.
In this short video we examine the history behind the Inuit Memorial at Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario. This memorial tells the tragic story of those who passed away at the Hamilton Sanitorium during the 1950s and 1960s while being treated for Tuberculosis.
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In this video we explore some of the interesting stones, symbols, and epitaphs at Sheffield Cemetery, Ontario. Established in 1810, this cemetery has many old stones still standing from the 1820s onward. It's just a short drive from Hamilton or Cambridge, and provides a glimpse into nineteenth century farming communities and those who lived in them.
Here we explore some of the amazing stones and statues at Evergreen Cemetery in Lynedoch, Norfolk County, Ontario. Lynedoch is a small community off the beaten path, and Evergreen Cemetery is an awesome place to visit for a nice walk and a look at some beautiful stone art.
Join us on this short virtual tour of St. Andrew's Cemetery, an old churchyard in Grimsby connected to Ontario's fourth oldest parish (1794). There are British Empire Loyalists and numerous other settlers buried here. Let's explore some of the interesting epitaphs, gravestones, and symbols, as well as some of the area's history.
Here we examine some of the interesting, sad, and beautiful symbols, statues, and epitaphs at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, in Walpole, Ontario.
A rare nineteenth century example of a male mourner portrayed on a gravestone. The man is leaning on a gravestone with a handkerchief. Behind him are weeping willows.
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