The George Bunker Cemetery
Great Cranberry Island, Maine

view from road
As seen from the main road
view approaching
As seen approaching the cemetery

Compiled by
Bruce Komusin
Great Cranberry Island Historical Society
2 February 2000

read the report
names in alphabetical order
virtual tour: "stroll through" the cemetery

The George Bunker Cemetery is a small private family plot situated in the field in front of artist George Bunker's house (currently occupied by artist Edna Andrade), about 50 feet west of the main road.  Although in plain sight, it's easily overlooked as there are only three stones, all flat to the ground.  Only the "fence" -- a stout chain held up by ten short stone posts -- is visible from the road.

To find the George Bunker Cemetery, starting from the Town Dock go about 0.1 miles down the main road to where it makes a sharp turn to the left.  Then go another fifty paces or so past the white houses on the right, until you're in front of a large field that offers a grand view of the Western Way.  You'll see a dirt driveway that leads down to George Bunker's gray modern style house, near the shore at the far side of the meadow.  The cemetery is about halfway between the main road and the house, on the left of the driveway.

Grave Site Photo

To "stroll through" the cemetery:
  1.  click on a stone to see the inscription
  2.  click your browser's "Back" button to return here to the cemetery

click on any stone...

The George Bunker Cemetery is roughly rectangular in shape, about 15 feet long and 8 feet wide. It is surrounded by a chain fence, held up by 10 stone posts. 

Inscriptions

The following list gives our best rendering of all the inscriptions. All stones are flat into the ground, and in good condition; the inscriptions are still easily readable without resorting to rubbings.

All stones face north.

GEORGE R. BUNKER
1923 - 1991

CONSTANCE WILCOCK BUNKER
JULY 6, 1919 - JANUARY 10, 1975

IN OLDER ARMS THAN HERS
ROCKED BY AN OLDER FATHER
TOSSED NO MORE
LOVE
SLEEP

KATHERINE B. OLSON
OCT. 23, 1951 - AUG. 9, 1998

WHEN A WOMAN'S COFFIN
IS THE SEA
THE WHOLE OF CREATION
SHALL COME TO HER FUNERAL

+ end of inscriptions +


Table of Names in Alphabetical Order

This table duplicates all the names mentioned in the inscriptions, but here they're in alphabetical order by family name, so you can find a particular name easily by eye.  Click the grave coordinate -- immediately to the left of the given name -- to see the inscription.

Please be aware that a person may be mentioned on more than one inscription.  They may have their own stone, as well as being mentioned on another stone as "son of ..." or "father of ..." for example.  However, the table has only one link to an inscription.  It may not be the only reference.  So study the inscriptions carefully for multiple references.

Stones with "dau. of ..." are especially useful as they reveal a woman's maiden name.  Where possible, I've listed women under both their maiden and married names.

Family members were often buried close to each other.  Note but don't click on the grave coordinate immediately to the left of the given name.  Then click on the cemetery name just to the left of that, to go to the grave site layout, and click on nearby stones to see their inscriptions.

CEM_LOC GIVEN FAMILY BORN DIED AGE NOTES
    * 0 0 -1 George Bunker Cemetery database last updated 2 Feb 2000
Geo. Bunker 2 Constance Wilcock Bunker 6 July 1919 10 Jan 1975 55 wife of George R. Bunker
Geo. Bunker 1 George R. Bunker 1923 1991 68 husb. of Constance Wilcock Bunker
Geo. Bunker 3 Katherine B. Olson 23 Oct 1951 9 Aug 1998 46 dau. of Geo. R. & Constance W. Bunker


Variations of Names Mentioned on the Stones

If a search engine brings you to this page, please scan the Table of Names in Alphabetical Order to find the person you're looking for.  The following list is not for human consumption.  It has several variations on all the names mentioned on the stones, for the benefit of web search engines such as AltaVista.

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George R. Bunker, George Bunker, G.R. Bunker, G. R. Bunker, G. Bunker, Geo. R. Bunker, Geo. Bunker
Constance Wilcock Bunker, Constance W. Bunker, Constance Bunker, C.W. Bunker, C. W. Bunker, C. Bunker
Katherine B. Olson, Katherine Olson, K.B. Olsen, K. B. Olsen, K. Olsen, Katherine B. Bunker, Katherine Bunker, K.B. Bunker, K. B. Bunker, K. Bunker

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