Cemetery Services at Union Cemetery
The City of Oshawa owns and operates the 31 acre Union Cemetery and also maintains eight other cemeteries, which are considered inactive.
Oshawa Union Cemetery was established in 1835, and is one of the City’s oldest and most historic cemetery. Its picturesque location at the corner of King Street West and Thornton Road North, and unique collection of buildings also make it one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the city.
Union Cemetery is the final resting place of many pioneers and prominent individuals including Col. R.S. McLaughlin, the Pedlar family, and artist Florence Helena McGillivray.
Union Cemetery has recently expanded and offers 1.4 acres of new burial plots.
The Cemetery staff provides sensitive and special care and understanding of client needs. We will assist and guide you through the decision-making process, answer any questions you may have and provide expert advice. Staff is available to assist with:
- Sales of plots, niches, monuments, and markers
- Transfer of interment rights
- Memorial Trees and Benches for individual memorial tributes
- Guided tours of the Union Cemetery for groups and school trips
History of Union Cemetery
In 1833, Robert N. Thornton (1806-1875), a Secessionist Minister (United Presbyterian) arrived as a missionary from Scotland. Within four years of Thornton's arrival in the township, land was purchased and the first church erected. Most pioneer churches were built on one acre, "God's Acre", enough for a church and a burying ground. This church however had 19 acres. These 19 acres comprise what is now the south-west corner of Union Cemetery at Thornton Road North and King Street West in Oshawa.
Many of the area's pioneers and their children are buried in "Thornton's Burying Ground".
From these pioneer beginnings Oshawa Union Cemetery has grown to an active facility of 30 acres in size (12 hectares), with over 25,000 burial locations.
Click on the links below for more information:
- By-law of Oshawa Union Cemetery
- Union Cemetery Map
- Map to Union Cemetery
- Oshawa Historical Society
- Frequently Asked Questions
Oshawa Union Cemetery
760 King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 2L3