Denison Family of Toronto - In Case of Need

To arrange for a burial in St. Johnís Cemetery on the Humber:

  1. As soon as death has occurred it must be registered with the Provincial authorities. The funeral director will normally look after this matter. A Government certificate will be issued containing the full names of the deceased, the date of death and the cause of death. This document releases the body for burial.
  2. In order of precedence, contact one of the following officers of the Cemetery:





    Property Manager

    Brian K. S. Ross



    Assistant Property Manager

    S. Weller




    Richard McDonald




    Denny Edwards


    Please replace *at* with @ in the e-mail addresses.

  3. When applying to one of the officers above, be prepared to explain the relationship of the deceased to the Denison family. Burial space is available, free of charge, only to the descendants of the blood* of the original Captain John Denison as well as their husbands or wives. Be prepared to supply the dates of birth and death and full names of the deceasedís parents and spouse. In the case of married women, please supply their maiden names. The provincial certificate (or a copy) should be given to the officer contacted.

    * includes legally adopted children and their children

  4. You will be asked to complete the "Application for Interment" which must be given to the Property Manager, his assistant or their designate. The complete details are requested to assist the Registrar in keeping the family records up-to-date. To ensure that the children and grandchildren of the deceased are shown in the Registrarís records, it is suggested that shortly after the funeral, the next-of-kin supply the Registrar with their names and addresses.
  5. The property manager or his assistant will assist in the choice of a particular spot. Every consideration will be given to requests for a particular spot but due to availability and other limiting factors, the above officers have the right of final approval.
  6. The manager or assistant will make the necessary arrangements for opening the grave but please be sure to give at least 48 hours notice before the interment is to occur. Regrettably, it is difficult to arrange for a burial to take place on a Saturday, a Sunday or a public holiday.
  7. The family of the deceased is responsible for all charges connected with the grave digging, digging of the hole needed for ashes internment, the funeral and the procurement and installation of a stone, if this is required. Due to the danger of damage to the property and other monuments by heavy machinery, the use of a vault is not allowed. A railing or fencing around any grave is not allowed. If flowers or shrubs are desired then arrangements must first be made with the Manager to identify any restrictions that may apply. All charges related to any part of this section are the responsibility of the immediate family.
  8. It has come to our attention that some funeral directors charge the family an extra $10 "license fee" to have a grave opened in the belief that the cemetery will charge them such an amount. St. Johnís Cemetery does not make such a charge and accordingly there is no need to pay such an amount.
  9. In order to comply with the Cemeteries Act, no monument or marker may be erected without the written permission of the manager and payment of the required fee to the Cemetery as provided by the Cemeteries Act. The prescribed fees are:

    This fee is sometimes paid directly to the Cemetery and sometimes collected by the monument supplier and then turned over to the Cemetery. It will be held in a separate trust by the Cemetery as required by the Cemeteries Act. Please complete the Application to Erect a Monument.

  10. In order to reduce the effects of vandalism and to comply with the Cemeteries Act, the operating by-laws of the Cemetery prescribe certain minimum standards for the design and erection of monuments. In addition to those requirements, there must be at least two dowels of stainless steel set in wet mode (with adhesive) firmly joining the die to the base and at least two other dowels of stainless steel set in dry mode (without adhesive) joining the base to the foundation. All dowels must be at least ĺ of an inch thick and their respective holes must be 1/8 of an inch larger than the dowel. The foundation dowels must be set down into the foundation by two feet and installed at the time that the concrete foundation is poured and the base is placed down onto the foundation. The doweling up into the base is to be set without adhesive removed for further lettering. The concrete foundation must be four feet in depth and at least as long and wide as the base. Monuments not exceeding 12 inches in height do not need a foundation.

    A copy of these by laws is available on request from Denny Edwards, our president, or one of the property mangers and should be given to the monument maker together with the written permission of the manger. The manager or assistant manager would be pleased to explain these standards on request.

  11. In the event a marker is damaged due to vandalism or other causes, the immediate family will be notified, where possible, and will be given the opportunity to repair the marker at their expense.
  12. A word of caution. The standards for monument construction set out in the by-laws are only minimum standards, based on the standards of larger institutions. We believe that these institutions have better security for many of their cemeteries than we can hope to have. Accordingly, it is strongly recommended that the ratio of height to thickness of our markers be somewhat less than the ratio of 5:1 apparently permitted by those institutions.
  13. The location of St. Johnís Cemetery on the Humber is: The south side of the west end of Clouston Avenue, above the bank of the Humber River in northwest Toronto. Clouston Avenue runs westerly from Weston Road between Eglinton and Lawrence.