Archive for August, 2014

Denny Doherty

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery (NS) with tags , , on August 4, 2014 by Cade

doherty1November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007

The story of the eventual creation of The Mamas & The Papas reads like a laundry list of formations, break-ups and reorgs – just listen to their song “Creeque Alley” for a little insight. There are no fewer than a dozen band names that finally led to the group that famously charted Top 10 hits all throughout the late 1960’s. All you need to know here is that Denny Doherty of the Halifax, Nova Scotia band The Colonials (aka, The Halifax Three,) met Cass Elliot while touring the folk circuits. Denny seemed to always be there to fill in when Elliot or John Phillips needed help with a new lineup or a lost group member. Eventually, Doherty landed a permanent spot in The Magic Cyrcle…which became The Mamas & The Papas.

It is also worth mentioning that Doherty carried on a secret affair with bandmate Michelle Phillips. The affair led to Phillips’ dismissal from the band for like a week1 before fans demanded she rejoin her husband, John, and the rest of the group. They continued recording hits in what were, no doubt, the most awkward recording sessions in history. In 1968, the group called it quits for good. Papa Denny’s solo career never took off but he spent the remainder of his years acting, competing with John over the “true” versions of the tM&tP’s story, getting sober and politely turning down Elliot’s marriage proposals. He died of an aortic aneurysm in his home at the age of 66.


Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Lower Sackville, NS, CANADA

Specific Location

Section 6G, Plot S, Grave 13A; 10 rows up from the maintenance shed and 12 markers in from the road on the south side of the row, basically smack in the center of the section.


1 – Technically…2 1/2 months.


L.M. Montgomery

Posted in Cavendish Cemetery with tags , on August 3, 2014 by Cade

montgomery1November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942

How much power and influence can one woman have? In Lucy Maud Montgomery’s case, enough to single-handedly transform a 19th Century idyllic seaside farm town into the Canadian version of Branson, Missouri – complete with amusement parks, go-karts and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Thanks to Montgomery’s classic “Anne of Green Gables” book series, the titular house and the surrounding area have become Prince Edward Island’s top tourist attraction and stand in stark contrast to the rest of the still-mostly-rural island province.

Montgomery worked as a teacher early in her career and used the opportunity to write. And write, she did. In all, she penned 20 novels and hundreds of short stories and poems. But, it was the precocious little red head, Anne, that would remain her most memorable work. She remains a provincial hero and legend to this day…despite the consequential water parks and poutine stands.


Cavendish Cemetery – Cavendish, PE, CANADA

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In case you had any question as to whether this is the right place.

Specific Location

Just a few yards from the northeast corner of the cemetery, Maud’s grave is well marked with flowers and signage. There is even a paved path from the entrance of the cemetery to her resting place.