Cemetery Committee

The committee cares for graveyard property including removal of branches and dead leaves, raking, mowing grass, filling depressions with fill and maintaining stones. A yearly inspection of the cemeteries is conducted. Meetings are scheduled as required and the committee reports to Parish Council.

For information on the availability of lots and the regulations that control them, please contact the Parish Office at (902) 864-3154.

Proposed Columbarium Information A new columbarium is proposed for the Church cemetery. Details for the columbarium, including pricing and contact information are below.

Proposed Columbarium Tower Project

Initial information and offering – April 3—June 30, 2017
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church 934 Old Sackville Road


Tower size – 5 feet tall by 68 inches square – 40 niches, 10 per side. Niche sections are polished black granite. Side display panels are white polished granite. Each niche can hold two urns of ashes. No single niches at this time.

Rationale: There have been a number of requests to the Church Cemetery and other committees to consider providing Columbarium services for the internment of cremation urns. As a result, the Church is proposing to establish an initial, exterior columbarium tower in the old cemetery near the Church driveway. The area around the tower would be accessible for walkers and wheel chairs from the driveway and located on a hill, very visible and well lit in a very pleasant and peaceful area of the cemetery.

Historical location: The old cemetery at St John’s was established between 1790 and 1804. Cemetery plots include many of the prominent and founding families of the Sackville and Bedford areas including the Uniacke family plots, Charles Fenerty, who invented the process of making paper from wood pulp, local heroes such as Leslie Thomas, Gertrude Parker and A. J. Smeltzer and prominent local politicians such as Archie Fader and Glen Slauenwhite. The tombstone engravings represent the rich cultural history of the area.

Columbarium Tower Construction: It is made of smart looking polished black and white granite that will withstand the wear from the elements. It will be mounted on a new, ground support technology that is fully adjustable for any affects of ground movement (frost, rain, etc.); and, if necessary can be lifted and moved if circumstances required. Each side panel will be suitably engraved as shown in the photo on the front panel.

Location: The Columbarium tower will be located approximately where the large X is located, to the left of the driveway and the large rectangle area.


Related information:
Each niche includes:

Perpetual care funds will provide for ongoing landscaping of the general area, regular cleaning, repairs (weather, vandalism, misuse), insurance costs, lighting; and, the equipment, housing and employee costs to carry-out such care.

All people will be welcome to be interred in the Columbarium. The Columbarium will be administered by St. John the Evangelist Parish. An identified Parish representative will attend the internment of non-Parishioners to receive the required death and burial certificates and confirm the internment.

To proceed to install this Columbarium a minimum of fifteen (15) niches must be sold by June 30, 2017 at the prices quoted in Pricing section below.

To purchase your niche contact Peter Simpkin, Al Horwood or Jean Stutt at the ‘Contact Information’ on the back panel. They will answer your questions, help you complete a Niche purchase form, if you wish, and arrange payment with you by cash or cheque. The prices are in the Pricing Panel. Cheques are to be made out to St. John the Evangelist Church Cemetery Committee.

The Project will proceed if there is sufficient interest and the Parish Council approves the project to proceed with site preparation and construction.

If there is considerable advance purchase by interested families and individuals the project may be authorized by Parish Council to proceed earlier.

As an early purchase incentive the $300 engraving fee for the name plate will be waived for the first 15 purchases (see price section).

Should not enough interest be expressed in this project 100% of funds received to date will be reimbursed to the purchaser(s).


A Columbarium niche (suitable for a maximum of two urns) and perpetual care, is $2,500.00. Additional costs to each niche owner/s:

  1. The opening and closing of the niche at internment is *$200.00.
  2. Any additional/future opening/closing of niches will be *$200.00.
  3. Name plates on a niche – see sample photo below:

*Engraved Granite – $300.00
*Fee waived for first 15 purchases

  1. Bud Vase – available addition to a niche door – contact Heritage Memorials for a price quotation.

If a purchased niche is not going to be used by the authorized owner, St. John the Evangelist Parish will buy back the niche for 90% of the amount paid.

* All prices are as of November 2016. Changes to prices are dependent on supplier prices and annual cost-of-living increases approved by Parish Council at the time of construction or later.

Contact information:

Al Horwood, Peter Simpkin or Jean Stutt
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church
934 Old Sackville Road, Middle Sackville, NS, B4E 1R3

Parish Office Telephone: (902) 864-3154
email: sjte@ns.aliantzinc.ca



  • visit the Old cemetery and view the planned Columbarium tower location.
  • purchase a niche (there is no monthly or other extended payment plan).
  • obtain a Cemetery/Columbarium Rules and Regulations booklet.
  • have your questions answered.