Location: Deroche, British Columbia
GPS 49.191321, -122.070311
The Roman Catholics established a church as early as 1890, long before any other denomination. What is believed to be the second church was built on what is now the Lougheed Highway at Cooper Road with a cemetery next to it.
This cemetery is decommissioned and abandoned with no maintenance for many years. There is no path to the cemetery and while it is only about 4 meters off the north side of the highway it is not possible to see it from the road due to the heavy growth of bush and blackberries. You can gain entrance to the cemetery by bushwhacking between the Lions Club and Deroche Gas Bar roadside signs.
The oldest remaining burial evident is for Mary Louise Beaulieu 1894 with the most recent 1936. Some graves were disinterred and the remains moved to the Hatzic cemetery when the highway was widened. Only 12 burials can be identified today, why they were not moved with the others is not known.
Sources: Sleigh, Daphne, Discovering Deroche: from Nicomen to Lake Errock, 1983 Mission Community Archives
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