Our Lady of the Assumption, Diocese of Hamilton

Our Lady of the Assumption MausoleumFamily Stories

The Tavernese family of Brantford has close ties to the local Catholic cemeteries. The historic St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Brantford is the resting place of Antonio (Tony) Tavernese, who died unexpectedly in his 30s, his parents Giovanni (John) and Giovannina, and several aunts and uncles.

Now Tony’s surviving siblings – Sam, Lucy and Luigi – are planning to move their brother and parents to Our Lady of the Assumption mausoleum at the newer Holy Cross Cemetery after an expansion takes place. They envision an enclosed area within the mausoleum with approximately 15 crypts for family members.

“We want to support the Catholic cemeteries and demonstrate our commitment to the community by starting a new tradition at Holy Cross,” says Sam Tavernese. “There will be room for future generations of our family to be together.”

Sam says his family holds the Catholic cemeteries very close to their hearts. “My dad was the ‘unofficial caretaker’ at St. Joseph’s. The groundskeepers knew not to mow the grass around our family graves because John Tavernese would do it. Now my sister Lucy does it.”

John Tavernese always told cemeterian Bill Templeton that the cemeteries should be lighted at night but they are not on the electrical power grid. Recently, Sam Tavernese had solar-powered LED lights – produced by his company, PQI Canada – installed at both St. Joseph’s Cemetery and Holy Cross. Each light has a plaque dedicated to his brother and parents.

The plaques read: “May the light of Jesus shine perpetually on the souls of all the dearly departed.”

— Sam Tavernese, Brantford