Saint Raymond's Cemetery (Bronx)

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Saint Raymond's Cemetery
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Location The Bronx
Country United States
Coordinates 40°49′30″N 73°50′02″W / 40.82500°N 73.83389°W / 40.82500; -73.83389Coordinates: 40°49′30″N 73°50′02″W / 40.82500°N 73.83389°W / 40.82500; -73.83389
Owned by Archdiocese of New York

Saint Raymond's Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery at 2600 Lafayette Avenue in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, New York City. The cemetery is composed of two separate locations: the older section (main entrance is located at 1201 Balcom Avenue), and the newer section (where most present-day burials now take place), both east of the Hutchinson River Parkway. The Bronx–Whitestone Bridge is located adjacent to the cemetery's newer section, while the neighboring Throgs Neck Bridge can be seen from a distance.

The cemetery is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of New York. It is the only Catholic cemetery in the Bronx and is one of the busiest cemeteries in the United States with nearly 4,000 burials each year.[1] The cemetery provides in-ground burials, in-ground crypt burials in the new Holy Cross section, Mausoleum burials and niches for cremains and burials in the base of the gigantic granite Cross located in the Holy Cross section. There is also a special Garden of Innocents where still-born and young babies are laid to rest. A portion of the St. Peters section was set aside in 1964 for the burial of the Archdiocese's clergymen.[1]

History[edit]

The cemetery land was originally the "Underhill Farm of Throgg's Neck." It was purchased and consecrated by the forward-thinking Rev. Michael B. McEvoy, pastor from 1875 to 1885 of St. Raymond's Church, who bought the land and utilized it for burial purposes as Saint Raymond's Cemetery.[2] Through its connection to St. Raymond's Church, the cemetery was dedicated in honor of Saint Raymond of Penyafort, a 12th-century Catalan-Spanish saint.

Lindbergh case[edit]

Shortly after his son's kidnapping in 1932, aviator Charles Lindbergh and John Condon met with one of the conspirators at St. Raymond's to deliver $50,000 in ransom money. Despite the payment, the child's body was found a few months later. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of the murder in 1935 and executed the following year.

Notable burials[edit]

  1. Henry "Red" Allen, jazz trumpeter (1906–1967)
  2. Kyrle Bellew, British stage-actor (1850–1911)
  3. Private William Joseph Bray, Veterans Guard of Canada service member killed during World War II; one of three gravesites of British Commonwealth servicemen at St. Raymond's Cemetery administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[3]
  4. James Austin Byrnes, Royal Air Force cadet killed during World War I; one of three gravesites of British Commonwealth servicemen at St. Raymond's Cemetery administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[4]
  5. Joseph "The Baker" Catania, mobster (1902–1931)
  6. Hector "Macho" Camacho, professional boxer (1962–2012)
  7. Michael Coleman, Irish fiddle player (1891–1945)
  8. Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, mobster (1908–1932)
  9. Francis P. Duffy, Canadian-American soldier and chaplain (1871–1932)
  10. Billie Holiday, jazz singer (1915–1959)
  11. Dr. L.Sullivan Ives, founder of the Catholic Protectory of New York
  12. Jackie Landry Jackson, member of girl group The Chantels (1941–1997)
  13. James Edward Kelly, artist (1855–1933)
  14. James Kerrigan, Civil War Union Army officer; U.S. Congressman (1828–1899)
  15. La Lupe, salsa music singer (1939–1992)
  16. Héctor Lavoe, salsa music musician (1946–1993)[5]
  17. George William Loft, businessman & politician (1865–1943)
  18. Lillian Lorraine, vaudeville entertainer (1895–1955)
  19. Frankie Lymon, singer (1942–1968)
  20. Mary Mallon aka "Typhoid Mary", notable asymptomatic carrier (1869–1938)
  21. John E. McGeehan, former New York State Supreme Court judge (1880–1968)
  22. Arthur H. Murphy first Democratic County Chairman in the Bronx (1868-1922)[6]
  23. Lois Nettleton, actress (1927–2008)
  24. John J. Nolan, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient (1842–1912)
  25. Christopher Nugent, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient (1838–1898)
  26. Duncan T. O'Brien, politician (1895–1938)
  27. Benny "Kid" Paret, Cuban boxer (1937–1962)
  28. Joseph Maria Pernicone, first Italian-born bishop in the Archdiocese of New York (1903–1985)
  29. Frank G Rossetti, former New York State Senator (1908–1992)
  30. Hilton Ruiz, musician/composer (1952–2006)
  31. Anthony Salerno, mobster (1911–1992)
  32. Merlin Santana, actor (1976–2002)
  33. Cristina Santiago, LGBT activist, was one of seven victims killed during the August 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse (1981–2011)[7]
  34. Valentina Suriani, notable murder victim (1958–1977)
  35. Patsy Touhey, celebrated uilleann piper (1865–1923)
  36. Henry Paul Michael Zary, Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron Leader killed during World War II; one of three gravesites of British Commonwealth servicemen at St. Raymond's Cemetery administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[8]

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