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Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded [Paperback]

Mike Filey


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June 1 1999 1550023225 978-1550023220 2nd ed. rev. & expanded

Established in 1876, Mount Pleasant Cemetery has a rich and textured history. It is the keeper of thousands of stories, each of which has contributed to the history of our city, province, and country.

Many of Canada's most beloved figures rest there - William Lyon Mackenzie King, Foster Hewitt, Glenn Gould, and Timothy Eaton are just a few. Other, less known historical figures are buried there also - the first Canadian soldier killed in First World War and victims of the 1949 Noronic disaster.

Along with a fascinating account of the cemetery's history, this illustrated guide includes descriptions of the remarkable monuments and the beautiful horticultural features. Accompanying maps detailing their locations make this book a perfect companion for a walking tour through the grounds.


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Established in 1876, Mount Pleasant Cemetery has a rich and textured history. It is the keeper of thousands of stories, each of which has contributed to the history of our city, province, and country.

Many of Canada's most beloved figures rest there - William Lyon Mackenzie King, Foster Hewitt, Glenn Gould, and Timothy Eaton are just a few. Other, less known historical figures are buried there also - the first Canadian soldier killed in First World War and victims of the 1949 Noronic disaster.

Along with a fascinating account of the cemetery's history, this illustrated guide includes descriptions of the remarkable monuments and the beautiful horticultural features. Accompanying maps detailing their locations make this book a perfect companion for a walking tour through the grounds.



"Capsule biographies of the folk who reside [in Mount Pleasant Cemetary] make for a real historical cross section of Toronto's inhabitants."

(WHERE Toronto)

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Established in 1876, Mount Pleasant Cemetery has a rich and textured history. It is the keeper of thousands of stories, each of which has contributed to the history of our city, province, and country.

Many of Canada's most beloved figures rest there - William Lyon Mackenzie King, Foster Hewitt, Glenn Gould, and Timothy Eaton are just a few. Other, less known historical figures are buried there also - the first Canadian soldier killed in First World War and victims of the 1949 Noronic disaster.

Along with a fascinating account of the cemetery's history, this illustrated guide includes descriptions of the remarkable monuments and the beautiful horticultural features. Accompanying maps detailing their locations make this book a perfect companion for a walking tour through the grounds.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mount Pleasant Cemetary Feb. 23 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an excellent history of the cemetery. I have the original record and found it also very good. This is an enhancement.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just another cemetery book Dec 6 2006
By Charles H. Levenson - Published on Amazon.com
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no more or less...well,maybe a bit less..Given the fact that this cemetery is,alledgedly,"one of the oldest in north america"and a product of that golden age of victorian mourning and ostentation,this guidebook leaves MUCH to be desired..For starters there are few photographs of the monuments..Now,surely,there must be an abundance of fine mourning statues,weeping angels and the like at Mount pleasant,but this book has so few photographic representations of them as to lead the reader to believe that they do not exist there..What the book does have in abundance are photographs of some of the solid,if boring 19th century occupants of the cemetery,mainly grocers,printers,barristers,clerics and the like..Given that this cemetery catered to Toronto's elite this is perhaps to be expected,but the capsule accounts of thier lives,as written by Mike Filey,are about as interesting as a memorandum from the local Rotary club..Page after page of the same details,as if nearly all of the major players buried at Mount Pleasant conspired together to lead identical lives..page after page of how these people built a business,moved it from one location to another,and then died...Were there no military heroes,no great entertainers,no celebrated authors,no really INTERESTING people buried at Mount Pleasant?Indeed,if Filey wanted to be monotonous(as,apparently,he determined to be when laying out the outline which this guidebook would follow)he might just as well spent his time researching the various plumbers,housewives,bus-drivers,store-clerks,and so forth that are also buried at Mount Pleasant..at least most of the rest of us can relate to thier lives and,who knows,maybe a few life capsules of"ordinary"people might have broken up the tedium of reading about Toronto's 19th century business elite,whose only real difference from the masses,apparently,was the fact that they had more money and more leisure time..Filey's text proves that they did NOT lead more interesting lives...
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1.0 out of 5 stars monotonous June 18 2010
By Sharon Levenson - Published on Amazon.com
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The very best that can be said for Mike Filey's book on Toronto's Mount Pleasant cemetery is that it is a monotonous read...Page after page of 19th and early 20th century corporate types are celebrated in a drab and uninteresting stream of just-the-boring-facts-m'am manner..Sure there are a few non-corporate types mentioned but by and large this book,and apparently this cemetery are devoted to the sort of rich corporate types that are found in every neighborhood(and in every major cemetery)..The stories,as related by Filey are mind-deadeningly the same..Born,school,took over,or started,or increased whatever mundane business enterprise they were associated with during life,grew rich,built big houses,died...Indeed,Filey does not even have to know anything about the particular individual or family so long as thier crypt at Mount Pleasant is big and gaudy enough,in that there are several inclusions in which Filey plainly indicates that "not too much is known about" the individual,other that he(rarely she) now resides in a big crypt and is known to have been wealthy during life..
Given the tens of thousands buried at Mount Pleasant,most of whom were not corporate bores with big houses,big incomes and big tombs,Filey could have given equal time to the average folks and thier stories..Surely thier lives,except for the money angle,could not have been that much more boring than the lives of the wealthy,whom Filey and his book celebrate?

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