Welcome to the Connecticut Cemetery Association

The Connecticut Cemetery Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! The organization was established in 1942 and has been partnering with cemeteries and cemetery providers for all of this time. Dale J. Fiore of Evergreen Cemetery is New Haven is on his second tour of duty as President after heading the organization once before in 2003. This year's Board of Directors is made up of a combination of experienced veterans and new blood. All of this makes for exciting times in the Association. The year is off to a great start and will continue on an upward trend!

June Meeting

Thank you to all of those who attended our June meeting yesterday at Baci Grill in Cromwell. The event was well attended, which is much appreciated. Chip Long's program was very interesting and the food was delicious!

Our next event, the CCA Annual Meeting, is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2017 at the Norwalk Vault Company site in Watertown, Connecticut. As we make our way through the summer, we'll post more information about it here on the CCA website.

Again, thank you for your support of the Connecticut Cemetery Association!

Stories from our Cemeteries

Lathrop and Lee
Newtown Village Cemetery

Virginia Lee Lathrop – known as “Ginny” - and Willis Lathrop McNabb - known as Mac Lathrop - teamed up as Lathrop and Lee. They were tap dancers on the vaudeville circuit in the 1930’s and 40’s. They were close friends with Ed Sullivan appearing frequently on his vaudeville shows. When Sullivan made the transition to television, he wanted them to join him. But Mac refused realizing that once their act had been seen on television they would have to come up with new dance routines. On the vaudeville circuit, however, they were playing a different venue before different audiences each night.

In 1952 they retired from professional entertainment and founded the Lathrop School of Dance in Newtown. It was the start of a union with the community and its people, resulting in a service to thousands of area youth, including multi-generations of families who learned the joy of dance from Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop.

Mac died in February 1985 and Mrs. Lathrop died in November 2009 at the age of 94. After Mrs. Lathrop's passing "Miss Diane" Wardenburg took over as owner and director having started dancing as a child at the age of 4 and working with them through her college years and after. Lathrop School of Dance is alive as ever and celebrating it's 65th year!

President's Message

CCA President Dale Fiore

Happy 75th Birthday CCA!
Good Day to all Connecticut Cemetery Association Cemeterians and Supplier members. Thank you to the entire Board and all attendees that helped make this year’s Suppliers Expo another success. I apologize for not being in attendance due to a minor health setback.

Spring has finally arrived with April showers and plenty of green grass to be mowed in May. Mark your calendars and plan to attend our spring business meeting that will be held June 15th at the Baci Grill in Cromwell. The Baci Grill is easy to get to from all major highways that intersect in this central Connecticut location. Meeting notices have been mailed out including our regular Email Blasts from CCA Director Torrance Downes on the shoreline. Mr. Charles Long, President of New Haven’s Historic Grove Street Cemetery will be presenting the topic of succession planning and will be relating to a firsthand account when a death in cemetery personnel left grove Street Cemetery without a Superintendent and no office staff. I encourage all to attend including your Board members, Trustees and always a fellow cemeterian in your neighborhood that may become a potential member. Go to the CT Cemetery Association Facebook page and "like us"!
Dale J. Fiore, President


  • October 13, 2017
    CCA Annual Meeting
    Norwalk Vault Company, Watertown, CT

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