Cemeteries Advisory Committee


Private Israel Trask, an American Revolutionary War Veteran

Trask enlistment July 11, 1778 (approximate age 13 years) in Capt. John Dodge’s Company.  He served in the regiment of Col. Jacob Gerrish which was stationed at 

Winter Hill (Somerville, MA) in 1778.  At Winter Hill they guarded the prisoners of Burgoyne's army, where they had to formally petition just to get food and supplies.

Israel Trask served 5 months and 6 days and was discharged on December 16, 1778.

Gravestone inscription 

Died Oct. 4. 1854 Aged 89 Years

First Parish Burial Ground, 122 Centennial Avenue, Gloucester, MA


February 2015 GCO c. 6, Sec. 6-21 to 6-24 "City-Owned Cemeteries Advisory Committee"

The City-Owned Cemeteries Advisory Committee shall consist of three members and up to two alternates, all of whom shall be residents of the City; one non-voting advisory member who is engaged in either the funeral, monument, or florist business; and the DPW Director or his designee as an ex-officio. All appointments are to be for three years and made by the Mayor subject to the approval of the City Council. Member terms shall be for three years.

Powers & Duties

The Committee shall have the authority to recommend a yearly budget relative to the management and maintenance of all City-owned cemeteries subject to the approval of the DPW Director and the Mayor with final approval by the City Council. The Committee shall advocate for the well being of all City-owned cemeteries. The Committee shall recommend to the Director any changes in the rates for perpetual care lots in the City-owned cemeteries, and the Director shall propose any rate increases to the Mayor under Charter Sec. 7-16(a) who shall provide the proposed rates to the City Council for their approval under Charter Sec. 7-16(a). Absent a recommendation from the Committee, the Director may propose such changes.


The Committee may propose regulations relative to the management of the City-owned cemeteries subject to the approval of the DPW Director and the Mayor under Charter Sec. 7-16(b) and approval and adoption by the City Council.


  • Meetings of the City-Owned Cemeteries Advisory Committee will be posted under Public Notices on the City's website. 
  • Meetings will be held in person. Go to Public Meeting Notices to find out more. 
    • Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at the Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA.
    • Meetings run from 5:30 PM to 7 PM unless otherwise indicated on the Agenda.
  • Previously held virtual meetings have been recorded. Go to Past Remote Public Meetings on the City's website to view.

Agendas & Minutes

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Minutes are also available following approval.
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