Brilliant Cemetery – Brilliant, British Columbia
The following is a transcription of Brilliant Cemetery located in Brilliant, British Columbia. Land location: Block 6, District Lot 9, Kootenay District, Plan 2938. Latitude: 49°19.215. Longitude: 117°38.774. Transcribed by Lawrna and Margaret Myers and Mary Picton on April 6, 2005. Updated on August 26, 2007.
View of the cemetery from the east facing west.
Brilliant Cemetery was established in 1908 by the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood ("CCUB") to serve the Brilliant settlement area. After the demise of the CCUB in 1937-1939, the cemetery continued to be used by its successor organization, the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ ("USCC"). It is still in active use today. It is owned and maintained by the USCC Cemetery Association.
The cemetery is approximately five acres in size and is enclosed by a wire fence on the east parameter and a row of trees on the west parameter. The cemetery contains approximately 1,155 interments in a single section comprised of 28 rows facing east-west. Almost half of the graves (550) have no marker and the mounds have been leveled. I have used death registrations and oral tradition to identify over 150 of these. The remaining unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground. Click below for an online cemetery map. Note the rows are numbered from east to west, commencing with Row No. J (eastern-most row) and ending with Row No. 17 (western-most row).
To access the cemetery, travel north from Castlegar on Highway No. 3. Turn right at Robson Access Road and continue for approximately 1.5 km (.9 miles). Turn left and cross over Brillliant Road and continue as it turns into Makayev Road. Then turn right onto Trubetskoff Road. The cemetery is on the left side of the road at the junction of Trubetskoff Road and Popoff Road. The cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
View of the southwest corner of the cemetery.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, burial plot map, burial register and death registrations. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Brilliant Cemetery, please contact: Lawrna S. Myers.