Toronto Necropolis

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Toronto Necropolis
Toronto Necropolis.JPG
The entrance to the Necropolis
200 Winchester Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4X 1B7
Coordinates43°40′05″N 79°21′41″W / 43.667958°N 79.361484°W / 43.667958; -79.361484Coordinates: 43°40′05″N 79°21′41″W / 43.667958°N 79.361484°W / 43.667958; -79.361484
StyleGothic Revival
Owned byMount Pleasant Group
No. of graves50,000
WebsiteToronto Necropolis
Find a GraveToronto Necropolis

Necropolis Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm.[1] Opened in 1850 to replace "Strangers' Burying Ground" (or Potter's Field), the cemetery is the resting place for many dead Torontonians including:

The cemetery contains the war graves of 34 Commonwealth service personnel, 29 from World War I and 5 from World War II. Most of these are in Section X.[6]

The cemetery has over 50,000 bodies. It is used to bury bodies used for research at the University of Toronto and is now part of the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries.

The cemetery's crematorium was built in 1933.

The Necropolis is the final resting place of such prominent individuals as Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, journalist George Brown, founder of what is now The Globe and Mail, John Ross Robertson, founder of the Toronto Telegram, and, more recently, Federal NDP Leader, Jack Layton.

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  1. ^ Hauch, Valerie (July 23, 2015). "Once Upon a City: Prominent Canadians rest in Toronto's Necropolis cemetery". The Toronto Star. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
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  3. ^ immediate family
  4. ^ "Headstone for Jack Layton unveiled". CTV Toronto. Canada. August 21, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Cabbagetown People: "Necropolis Notes"; Spring, 2016; Volume 26, Issue 1, p. 3."
  6. ^ Toronto Necropolis Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery Report. Breakdown obtained from casualty records.

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