Help Us Rebuild History at the Saint-Colomban Cemetery!

Join us in preserving the rich heritage of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery by supporting our fundraising campaign to rebuild the crumbling wall that safeguards numerous historic monuments. Together, we can ensure the protection and restoration of this sacred site for generations to come.

The Need

The existing wall supporting the monuments in the Saint-Colomban Cemetery is deteriorating, putting at risk the precious monuments that bear witness to the history of this cherished community. Without prompt intervention, these irreplaceable artifacts may be lost forever. We aim to raise $30,000 to rebuild the wall and safeguard the memory of the past.

Our Goal

With your generous contributions, we will rebuild the wall, reinforcing its structural integrity and preserving the historic monuments within its protective embrace. Your support will directly impact the preservation of this sacred space, enabling future generations to connect with their ancestors and appreciate the heritage that defines us.

Why it Matters

The Saint-Colomban Cemetery is not just a resting place for the departed but also a living testament to the cultural and historical legacy of our community. By rebuilding the wall, we are not only honoring the memory of those who came before us but also ensuring that their stories and contributions endure.

Join Us

Help us reach our $30,000 goal by making a donation today! Every contribution, big or small, makes a significant impact on the restoration of this sacred site. Together, let's watch the thermometer rise as we strive to rebuild history, one brick at a time.

Donate and Make a Difference

Visit our donation form to make a secure online donation. You can also contribute by sending a cheque to CIMPN at 61 rue Somerset, Baie D’Urfe, Quebec, Canada, H9X 2V8. Let's work together to rebuild the wall and preserve the remarkable legacy of the Saint-Colomban Cemetery.

Thank you for your support and for joining us in this important endeavor. Together, we can ensure that the past continues to inspire and educate future generations.

Photo Identification

If you can identify any of the individuals in these photos, please send me a note with the information using our contact form.

Legend for Picture Identification:-

(D) = Definite (More than two people have identified this individual)

(L) = Likely (Two People have agreed on this identification)

(P) = Possible (One person feels that this is a possible identification)

(O) = Optional (Could be one of two or more individuals)

(U) = Unknown (No identification offered for this person)

Unknown # 1 - Maureen McDonald and her father have identified “Unknown # 1” as John Joseph McDonald (known as Jack), son of Lawrence Francis McDonald and Isabel Stock. (Lawrence Francis McDonald was the son of Lawrence McDonald & Mary Grace).


Unknown # 2 – Catherine (Brophy) Sloan, has identified “Unknown # 2” as Peter Kovachik, he was the brother of Tillie Casey and Alice Zalasak (whose husband, John is also in the Photo)


Some notes from Claude Bourguignon on this photo:

  • I met with John Dunn of St-Columban recently. He provided me with some additional details about the photo:
  • The location is the farm house of John Zalesak in Chertsey
  • Peter Casey took the photo in 1937
  • The name of the dog is Mickey
  • Individual named Ernest McAndrews is possibly Gerald Phelan
  • Unknown #2 is Peter Kovachik

Larger version of the same photo

Mystery Photo2

Looking to identify this individual believed to be from either the Whelan or Mooney clan from St. Columban or Montreal area. Taken by photographers L.E (Louis Elie) Desmarais & Cie, 17 St. Lawrence Street, Montreal. It's thought the photo was taken in the late part of the 1800s due to the period dress and the known existence of this studio in this time period. According to local city directories the photographer lived or operated in Montreal around 1877 up to the early 1900s. Records indicate he operated at different addresses on St Laurence Street but moved from number 14 to number 17 sometime in the early 1890s. Please contact Jeff Legault if you think you now the identity of this individual.