Famous figures

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For history buffs, and on the occasion of our 160th anniversary, we have updated the "Répertoire des personnages" , our list of people whose involvement in the arts, politics, history, architecture and business has left a mark on our society. This directory contains more than 500 names who are buried in our cemetery.

One of the oldest is François Thoronhiongo of the Huron First Nation, who died at the age of 100 in 1690. His remains were exhumed from the old Ville-Marie cemetery and interred in Concession G2 in 1993.

Here are just a few of the other great men and women whose names you’ll recognize:

Film and TV stars

Roger Baulu, Gratien Gélinas, Olivier Guimond, Ambroise Lafortune ("Le Père Ambroise"), Ovila Légaré, Jean-Pierre Masson, Jacques Normand, Odette Oligny, Denise Pelletier, Marie Travers ("La Bolduc")

Painters, sculptors, architects

Ernest Cormier, Clarence Gagnon, Louis-Philippe Hébert, Jean-Paul Riopelle

Writers, poets

Marie-Claire Daveluy, Émile Nelligan, Alice Parizeau

Sports figures

René Lecavalier, Maurice Richard, Jean ("Johnny") Rougeau

Political leaders

Robert Bourassa, Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier, Jean Drapeau, Thomas d’Arcy McGee, Honoré Mercier, Jeanne Sauvé

Many other distinguished names besides these make a stroll through Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery an enriching and stimulating experience. To learn about them all, including the locations of their graves, you can get this new brochure to our administration building at a cost of $ 5. The money raised will be used to improve the quality of our facilities.


Twenty mayors of Montreal are buried here, including Jean Drapeau, Camillien Houde, the Honourable Alphonse Desjardins and Dr. William Hales Hingston.

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