Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries Celebrates 185th Anniversary

Founded in 1826 as Town of York’s first non-sectarian cemetery; close to 200 years later, over 11,000 Toronto families served in 2010

Toronto, January 31, 2011 – The Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries (MPGC) on Sunday, January 30th, celebrated the 185th anniversary of its founding as Toronto’s first non-sectarian cemetery, in what was then known as the “Town of York.”
   In 1826, the Town of York had a population of 1,700 and was still a frontier settlement; the first post office building opened in 1833, gas streetlights became operational in 1841, and horse-drawn streetcars were put in
service only in 1861.
   Nearly 200 years later, the Greater Toronto Area is now a thriving metropolis of 5.5 million people. As a proud reflection of our 1826 origins, our motto to provide “care, compassion and choice”, and the modern city’s diversity, MPGC and our sister company “The Simple Alternative Funeral Centres” today provide cemetery, funeral and pre-planning services in an extensive range of languages to our families, while respecting Toronto’s myriad of religious faiths, cultural customs and lifestyles lived.
   MPGC in association with The Simple Alternative Funeral Centres had the honour to serve more than 11,000 families in 2010, representing virtually every ethnic, cultural and religious community in the region.
   “We have provided ‘perpetual care’ for our families for a time longer than the City of Toronto has existed,” said Glenn McClary, president and CEO of Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries.  “We keep our promises and pledges to our families. Indeed, we are still providing perpetual care to our very first 1826 families, at our ‘burial site of pioneers’ at Necropolis and Mount Pleasant Cemetery.”
   From its first cemetery property, Potter’s Field, at what is now the north-west corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets, the company has established a long-history of industry “firsts”: creation of the province’s first cemetery “perpetual care” fund; Canada’s first Veteran’s Burial Plot;  Ontario’s first crematorium, and establishment of the first cemetery arboretum in Canada.
   Today we remain an innovation and community leader, constructing LEED recognized buildings, employing environmentally conscious grounds maintenance and forest stewardship techniques, with a stronger than ever commitment to the communities we serve.
   Drawing on its proud 185-year history, the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries looks forward to the future milestones to come, and providing perpetual service to its current and future families.

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