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Cemetery

Shaarei Shomayim Congregation owns four cemeteries: one at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park, two at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and one at McCowan Road Cemetery.

The status of available lots is as follows:

  • Bathurst Lawn - except for a few single lots, all lots are assigned. Lots available to members only.
  • Mt Sinai (Old) - except for a few single lots, all lots are assigned. Lots available to members only.
  • Mt Sinai (Palmerston) - there are some lots available. Lots available to members only.
  • McCowan Road - there are many lots available. Lots available to members and non-members.

The McCowan Road Cemetery is different from our other cemeteries because it stands alone, surrounded by houses and a city park. There are over one thousand lots available at McCowan Road Cemetery. At time of need, member burials will be at McCowan Road Cemetery, unless the member has a reservation elsewhere.

Our McCowan Road Cemetery was upgraded a number of years ago. The roadway and parking lot are paved. There is a new main entry gate, a stone entry column with our name in bronze on it and iron fencing and gates with more stone columns. Inside the cemetery grounds are paving stone walkways and a unique hand washing basin carved into a granite boulder.

The city has begun the development of the park land immediately north of the cemetery and on the west side of McCowan Road. Called McCowan District Park, this work has enhanced the setting of our cemetery.

What are members are entitled to?

All members of our shul, in good standing, are entitled to a cemetery lot at time of death.

The location of the lot is next available lot in our McCowan Road Cemetery. This McCowan Road Cemetery lot is provided at no cost, but there are other charges, which as of November 2018 are $1,090. Those charges include providing for the shul’s care & maintenance trust fund, preparation of the concrete foundation, a provincial license fee, and an administration fee. The lots at McCowan Road Cemetery are allocated lot-by-lot, row-by-row.

Pre-arrangements

Members can make pre-arrangements to reserve lot(s) at any of our four cemeteries. In order to reserve these lots, one needs to speak to Nicole Toledano in our office, select the lot(s), and pay. One does not actually purchase a lot – one reserves the right to be interred in a particular lot. After payment, the member will receive an “Interment Rights Certificate”. Each reservation must be for a particular person. Prices at the McCowan Road Cemetery are less than the other three cemeteries. See below for our current price list*.

Pricing

All members in good standing are entitled to a lot at time of need. While there is no charge for the lot itself, there are other charges* for such items as care and maintenance fund, permit, administration fee, cement foundations, etc.

Members may reserve a lot at any time. When reserving a lot, the full standard rates* will apply.

Often, a spouse will choose to reserve the lot next to a deceased spouse at the time of death. If the lot is not reserved at that time, then that lot will be used for the next burial. In the case where a spouse wants to reserve the adjacent lot, the full standard rates* will apply.

*Download the current Cemetery Price list.

Map of McCowan Road

Map From Shaarei Shomayim to McCowan Road Cemetery

Entrance to the cemetery is on McCowan Road at Colonial Ave.

Coming from Shaarei Shomayim and vicinity: go east on Eglinton Avenue to McCowan Road; turn right and go under the CN overpass. The cemetery entrance is a laneway on your left at the second street after the overpass, immediately before Colonial Avenue. You will see a large stone column with a plaque facing you with the words "Shaarei Shomayim" in brass. This marks the entrance to the cemetery.

Coming from more northerly areas: Go east on Highway 401 to Brimley Road south. Turn left at Eglinton Avenue. Turn right at McCowan Road. Go under the CN overpass. The cemetery entrance is a laneway on your left at the second street after the overpass, immediately before Colonial Avenue. You will see a large stone column with a plaque facing you with the words "Shaarei Shomayim" in brass. This marks the entrance to the cemetery. 

Map of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park (10 Dewlane Drive)

Map of Mt Sinai  (986 Wilson Avenue)

Sat, 16 November 2019 18 Cheshvan 5780