Johnville Cemetery

The Johnville Cemetery

The Cemetery in Johnville is a place of pride for all those from Johnville and surrounding areas.  Proud of our heritage, our relatives and our past. The cemetery marks that we were here, we lived and we matter. The cemetery in Johnville is maintained by volunteers and donations. Students are hired for grounds work in the summer. The Johnville Cemetery is part of the sacred ground of Saint John the Evangelist Church established in 1858 and now is part of The Mother of Mercy Parish, Diocese of Saint John.

Summer Staff

Katilyn Sullivan, daughter of Anthony and Natalie has been mowing the Johnville Cemetery for the past 3 summers. First as helper to her sister who had the job and now as the lead grounds keeper. Katie is a 2020 CNHS grad and plans to attend UNB Saint John in the fall.  Katie is assisted by her sister Megan and with their attention to detail and keen work ethics, they have kept the cemetery manicured beautifully this summer.

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Master Craftsman Builds Stone Entrance – A Work of Art               

Written by Mary Boyd

As we were expecting a new fence to be installed a couple of years back, I asked a local mason with ties to Johnville if we could have stone pillars on the front gate since they would look great with the new ornamental metal fence that a parish family was donating.  Eamonn Brennan, always willing to lend a helping hand, especially for the church or cemetery, bought into the plan and volunteered to build two stone pillars. I was thinking if we had a couple of weekends and some volunteers to help him, we could have a cool looking front entrance that would complement the new fence we were getting. Long-time professional stonemason that he is, Eamonn probable knew that I was asking for all his spare summer time.  With donations received, the cemetery committee bought the bricks and mortar. Neighbours donated gravel from their gravel pit, local businesses chipped in, farm equipment was borrowed, and volunteers helped Eamonn gather the right kind of field stones from rock piles on the local farms.   The rest was a craft that only Eamonn could do.

Eamonn worked as a bricklayer in Dublin, Ireland and apprenticed with stone mason John Faulkner before he decided to make his way to Canada. His sister Margaret had already immigrated and settled in the Toronto area. With a chance to see the world and get some work with his brother-in-law John Higgins, Eamonn left behind his parents, brothers and sisters for a Canadian adventure.

Eamonn immigrated to Canada in the 1960s and while working construction in Toronto met a local Johnville girl, Patricia Cullen.  Lucky for us they got together and made Johnville their second home. With his great sense of humour, ability to tell a good story and fine baritone voice he was welcomed into the community like he never left.   Eamonn and Patricia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019 and have to their credit three sons; Mark, Dennis and Jim and two precious grandsons. Eamonn and Patricia are both now retired and make their home in Bath, N.B.

Working on building sites large and small Eamonn has laid a lot of bricks but his true claim to fame is his speciality working with field stones.   His stone chimneys, fireplaces, hearths, walkways and ornamental flower beds can seen around the country. 

An artist can be particular and Eamonn knows what he wants.  So thick, so flat, some colour, straight edge pieces…  He is mapping it all out in his head as he sees which one comes next and which one he is going to save for the upper rows.  All I could see were pretty rocks.  The ones with the flecks of quartz are not necessarily the strongest ones to use.  The ones that shine have metal in them. I learned that you don’t want your stone wall to rust and Eamonn really didn’t need my help pointing out the pretty stones. Eamonn would work along, humming a little tune or chatting with the endless visitors who stopped to admire his handiwork.  Over those two summers it was incredible watching the stone entrance come together just across the road and the result is better than I could have imagined… A true work of art.

With the progress made on the beautiful pillars, donations continued to be received and Eamonn was hired by the Cemetery Committee to build the rock wall adjoining the entrance pillars.  Volunteers continued to bring him local rocks and in the summer of 2018 the completed Stone Entrance was an artistic masterpiece. 

Plans are underway for Eamonn to build a second shorter wall at the end of the entrance driveway to create a prayer garden with a Celtic cross. The foundation for the wall has been done and we are looking forward to seeing his next work of art.

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