Current Events

The “Last Post Fund” through Mortimer’s Monumental Works are in the process of erecting some 200 new markers at Ross Bay Cemetery to commemorate the lives and service of people were part of a military groups and who’s grave do not have a marker.

A big thank you to the “parks crew” at Ross Bay Cemetery for leveling this monument in Block A

Have you seen our new “Memorial Gate page” ?


October Vandalism

Thanksgiving weekend of 2022 saw 6 monuments vandalized at Ross Bay Cemetery. Three were toppled and easily re-erected but three were damaged. Not a good omen for Halloween season. All have been repaired.

The Garden Party – August 21 2022

The OCS executive invites you to join them for the annual garden party at Ross Bay Villa on August 21, 2022.   The garden will be open at 3 p.m. following the Sunday tour where sandwiches, veggies, coffee /tea and dessert will be served. 

In order that we provide sufficient food, please RSVP to Gudrun Leys, 250-598-8870 or email  by August 18, 2022.

Thank you.

Gerry Buydens

The never ending battle

No matter how hard we try, cemetery monuments will get broken by falling trees and branches, deer and vandalism. Below is the last victim of a tree fall. There are only five large statues in Ross Bay Cemetery. Last year the Pooly angel lost a wing to a pine tree branch and this week the Bossi angel has lost a wing to a fallen pine tree. The sad part of this loss is that we had requested that this tree be removed on at least two different occasions. Each time the city arborist has told us that the tree in question was safe and healthy and could do no harm to the Bossi Angel.. Hate to say “I told you so” but……..

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime editor. George Russell Stewart, Russ, passed away peacefully in Victoria on November 28. Our condolences to his family and we assure them that we will remember. Rest in Peace Russ.

July 2020

Restoration and repair are an ongoing concern at Ross Bay Cemetery. Check out our projects for this summer. OCS Projects

February 20, 2020

We would like to thank the City of Victoria Parks Dept for their quick response to this vandalism. The tagging has been removed and the monument looks good again.

I will never understand the mentality of people who hide in the shadows and vandalize public and private property. I have to ask, to what end? It is just scentless! This set of pictures is from Ross Bay Cemetery February 19, 2020 at the grave of Sir James Douglas.

2019….There is an ongoing problem with the homeless at The Old Burying Ground (Pioneer Square). The grave top around the Pritchard monument has deteriorated from the constant misuse.