Trustees of Public Burial Grounds

Fitchburg Cemetery

Regular Meetings

  • 9 a.m.
  • Typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of every other month
  • Forest Hill Cemetery
    Cemetery Administration Building

Agendas & Minutes

View most recent agendas and minutes.
View 2016 meeting schedule.

Current Commissioners

  • Andrew Hawthorne
  • Phillip Jordan
  • Don Lassila
  • Diane Ouellette
  • Judith Perla

Purpose and Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees for Public Burial Grounds is charged with maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of Fitchburg’s public cemeteries. They are tasked with developing and maintaining a research file for each historic cemetery of those interred, and living descendants.

The commission is also charged with overseeing and maintaining records of contemporary burials in cemeteries allowed by law for proven descendants or those given permission by living descendants. The Trustees are responsible for the policies as they relate to the City’s public cemeteries.


The Board of Trustees for Public Burial Grounds consists of five volunteers. Each serves a three year term. Volunteers are appointed by the Mayor and are subject to confirmation by the City Council.