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Elmwood Cemetery
Hyatt Street at Queen Victoria Boulevard
Estrie Region
Quebec  Canada

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Elmwood Cemetery
1101 rue Hyatt Street
Sherbrooke, Qu├ębec
Canada J1J 3T6
(819) 562-4555

Elmwood Cemetery, owned and maintained by the Elmwood Cemetery Company of Sherbrooke, was established in 1890, with its very first burial being that of Mr. John Woodward who died March 21 of that year. In 1910 an adjacent piece of land was purchased to increase the total area of the cemetery, and in 1916, a bridge was built over the ravine separating the two sections, allowing them to be conjoined.

Newspaper reports indicate that the old Union Cemetery, located on Belvedere Street, had gradually become neglected, overgrown, and somewhat hazardous. Around the turn of the century, the citizens of Sherbrooke grew concerned about this, and made the decision to move the bodies and what was left of their headstones to the newer Elmwood Cemetery.

Shortly after Elmwood was established, this process was initiated. For the most part, the bodies from Union Cemetery were re-interred in single lots, one beside the other. Original markers were moved when possible, although many were without markers. Interrment records still exist and are held by the cemetery corporation, however some of the earlier and less historically-significant names may be difficult to trace today.

Elmwood Cemetery is very picturesque, with its hilly terrain, wooded areas, and paved roads throughout. A perpetual care fund provides for the annual planting and maintenance of summer flowers and shrubs, which add to the beauty of the grounds. A unique feature of Elmwood is its Crematorial Garden and Columbarium.

Many of the prominent English-speaking social and industrial developers are interred within this cemetery, and a walk through the grounds or a stroll along the cemetery's roadways, constitutes a virtual history of the region.

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