Saint Josephs Roman Catholic Cemetery

Location
Lougheed Highway
Deroche, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada Add to Map
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The Roman Catholics established a church as early as 1890, long before any other denomination. What is believed to be the second church was built on what is now the Lougheed Highway at Cooper Road with a cemetery next to it.

This cemetery is decommissioned and abandoned with no maintenance for many years. There is no path to the cemetery and while it is only about 4 meters off the north side of the highway it is not possible to see it from the road due to the heavy growth of bush and blackberries. You can gain entrance to the cemetery by bushwhacking between the Lions Club and Deroche Gas Bar roadside signs.

Sources: Sleigh, Daphne, Discovering Deroche: from Nicomen to Lake Errock, 1983

In 1989 the Beaulieu and Deroche family plots were accessible through an overgrown path, which opened up into a clearing where the graves were located. Some of the family markers were still there and clearly readable, but in a following visit in 2002, vandals had decimated the cemetery; grave markers were missing and nameplates had been removed.

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  • Added: 11 Feb 2016
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