Four commissioners are appointed by the Town Manager. They are responsible for the policies as they relate to the Town's six cemeteries. The Cemetery Supervisor is a full-time employee of the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Department. For Cemetery related questions please contact Danielle LeBlanc, Cemetery Assistant at 978-399-2350
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Cemetery Department is to operate, maintain, and preserve Westford's six public cemeteries; Fairview, Hillside, Pine Grove, Westlawn, Wright, and Pioneer Burial Ground. Our goal is to ensure services are appropriate, cost-effective, and of the highest quality while providing a clean, safe, and serene environment for all.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: The Cemetery Department, with one full time employee, provides preservation and support for the Town's Cemeteries including showing and selling burial lots, grounds keeping including mowing, caring for turf, trees, walls, roadways, flower beds; readying grounds for Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, arranging for interments, preserving and protecting grave markers, and assisting the general public and visitors. The Cemetery Supervisor and Department Assistant work with funeral directors. families, relatives, Veteran's Agent, and contractors in coordination of burials, sale of lots, and genealogical research.
CHANGE IN FEES - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012
The Cemetery Commission has approved an increase in the fee structure for cemetery related charges. The last change in fees was in 2008. The new charges become effective January 1, 2012. Listed below are the changes:
Burial Lot with Monument Privileges (includes Perpetual Care)
Lot Size Rate
One grave $800
Two graves $1600
Three graves $2400
Four Graves $3200
Burial Lot without Monument Privileges (includes Perpetual Care)
Lot Size Rate
One grave $400
Two graves $800
Baby section $200
(<2 years of age)
Urn Garden $550
(up to 4 cremations)
Top two rows $650
Middle two rows $550
Lower two rows $450
ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR NON-RESIDENTS
Per grave $400
Child (< 10 yrs) $300
Cremation Child (< 10 yrs) $150
Cremation (no service) $150
Full Burial $1200
SATURDAY AND WEEKDAYS AFTER 3PM BURIALS ARE AN ADDITIONAL $300
NO BURIALS ON SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS
NEW PROCEDURE/POLICY - Flags on Veterans graves - effective November 2010
Flags on Veterans graves will be retired after Veterans Day and replaced prior to Memorial Day.
The Veteran Marker/Flag holder will remain on the grave site.
Veterans Organizations will be removing flags the during the week after Veterans Day
The Old Pioneer Burying Ground
Located on Carlisle Road at the corner of Old Lowell Road. There are unmarked stones located here, no marked graves. Some believe it was a family burying ground, others think that it may be a native american burial site.
Located on Main Street at the corner of Tadmuck Road. Originally called the "East Burying Ground" then later known as the "Snow Cemetery". This is probably the oldest burying ground. The oldest tombstone is dated 1702.
Located on Concord Road on the Southwest and Country Road on the East.
Also known as "West Burying Ground".
Located on Groton Road (Route 40) about 1/4 mile east of North Road.
Also known as the "North Burying Ground" or "Nutting Road Cemetery". Located on Depot Road at the corner of Nutting Road.
Pine Grove Cemetery
Westford's newest cemetery. Located on Forge Village Road about 1/2 mile west of Cold Spring Road.