About the Canton Cemetery Association

We Are Local and Love Our Families

The Canton Cemetery Association in Canton, OH, is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation established in 1859. We serve all individuals regardless of race, creed or religion in a non-sectarian manner. Our goal is to be the premier service provider of cemetery and burial services for northeastern Ohio.

We provide programs of affordability that enable everyone to pre-arrange a disposition of their choosing. Our team of family advisors will help you know what your options are while equipping you with the knowledge to protect your family from ever-increasing costs. We constantly strive to deliver products that are value-priced. In addition, we provide grounds and buildings for final disposition that are pristine, tranquil and cared for well—and will be for the years to come.

The Canton Cemetery Association is built on the fundamental ideals of service to our employees, customers and community. These ideals serve as the cornerstone for all who have the belief in the spirit of providing service with integrity and dignity.

Why Canton Cemetery Association

The benefits of arranging burial with a member-owned, board-run local organization like ours are many. In addition to offering the two most beautiful cemetery sites in Stark County, we have:

  • A great local heritage and many historical burials
  • A greater variety of burial options
  • Green burial and veterans burial gardens
  • All proceeds reinvested into the programs, buildings, equipment and beautification of the grounds
  • Affordable pricing for virtually everyone
  • Easy payment plans with no interest
  • Additional special benefits for those who prearrange
  • Been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 1985, and we maintain the BBB’s highest A+ rating

You can make your final arrangement with our organization with confidence and true peace of mind because, by Ohio Cemetery Law, ten percent of all property purchased is set aside in a permanent irrevocable perpetual care trust fund which will guarantee proper care of all cemetery grounds, roads and structures now and into the future. Additionally, any surplus of funds is re-invested in beautification and updating of necessary equipment. Our endowment care funds exceed the requirements set by Ohio law.

Our Stark County Heritage

The Canton Cemetery Association has served Stark County and surrounding communities since 1859. West Lawn Cemetery was started to serve the needs of the Canton, Ohio residents with compassionate, dedicated and dignified service to families both before and after the loss of a loved one. As West Lawn grew, we obtained a working farm on Cleveland Avenue, which became North Lawn Cemetery and enabled us to further extend our services to the community.

To this day, we operate under the charter of the Canton Cemetery Association, with board members who are active members of the community.

Ongoing Expansion

Families have witnessed the expansion of our scope of services being offered through the years. In an ongoing effort to provide the finest in memorial products and services, we have expanded our services to include all types of final disposition including traditional burial, mausoleum entombment, various cremation programs and our lawn crypt section called Emerald Meadows and the new green burial section, Emerald Meadows.

With today’s high demand for cremation programs, we have installed two free-standing columbarias in front of the chapel. Named “Tranquility” and “Serenity,” each of these columbaria has 36 niches that can accommodate one or two sets of cremains. We also have many low-cost cremation niches in the main chapel.

Veterans Burial

Our deep and unwavering support of veterans is evident by having honored the final disposition of veterans from every conflict dating back to those who had served in the Revolutionary War of 1776. We have sections specifically dedicated to veterans and their families. Two specific sections honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War, with spectacular bronze statues of Union Soldiers standing guard over their fallen comrades. Sadly, North Lawn has laid to rest two fallen soldiers from the conflict in Iraq.

McKinley Museum and Historical Tours

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and final resting place of assassinated President William McKinley are adjacent to West Lawn Cemetery. The McKinley National Memorial Association acquired 26 acres from the Canton Cemetery Association for President McKinley’s memorial. Annually, the McKinley Historical Society conducts a fall tour of the grounds. This walking tour highlights the numerous dignitaries, industrialists, politicians and philanthropists of Canton’s ‘Golden Era’. The prevalent names throughout the beauty of West Lawn are the likes of Timken, Diebold, Hoover and McKinley.

Invest in Peace of Mind

Making your own cemetery arrangements is one of the most caring gifts you can leave your loved ones. Our family advisors are available to assist you in choosing the right option in a package you can afford.