Annual Memorial service at Hillcrest Cemetery

July 31, 2017 by

The Annual Memorial service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Smiths Falls was held on Sunday July 31.   More than 50 people attended the 45 minute non-denominational service led by Pastor Dan Schilke, of Perth.

“Hillcrest Cemetery was originally the private burial ground for one of the earliest Smiths Falls families, the Simpson’s.  The property was purchased in 1869 by the Town of Smiths Falls, as a public non-denominational resting place for all of our citizens,” said Smiths Falls Councillor Jay Brennan in his opening remarks at the ceremony.

One of the highlight of this year’s service was a talk  by John Joynt on Dr. Oliver Iveson, who is interred at Hillcrest.  Iveson was a Smiths Falls native and one of the first missionaries to Korea and is honoured with a public monument in Seoul, South Korea.

“Iveson’s resting place is more or less centre/front within the cemetery,” said Eric Graham cemetery caretaker.

On arrival attendees were greeted with fiddle music, played by non other than Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Peter Dawson, who continued to provide musical interludes throughout the ceremony.

Hillcrest Cemetery is currently the final resting place to more than 12,000 people.  Under the town’s care the cemetery continues to meet the needs of the community.

“A new columbarium is in the works that will be placed close to the other two columbariums at the back of the cemetery. Recently this project went for tender and we should be able to start work in late summer or early this fall,” Brennan told the audience.

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