Macedonian & Bulgarian Gravestones
In Toronto Necropolis & Crematorium
I found these gravestones while wandering through the graveyard in early September, 2005.
No systematic search was made -- these are the Cyrillic stones I came across in
about two hours of wandering.
I first assumed that they were Russian, but I soon received an email which set me right
on that -- three are Macedonian and one is Bulgarian.
Many thanks to Dr. Olena Berezovska for offering the first tentative translations.
She says that while she can read the two languages, she doesn't speak them, so your help would be
appreciated in correcting or expanding on her efforts.
January 5, 2010 : Many thanks to Igor Petrusevski for
offering complete translations of the three Macedonian stones. He says the Bulgarian stone translation
is correct. I've also put his short comments in [square brackets].
Petre Iliov rodum od selo
Slatino Ohridsko Makedonija
?7 godisna vozrast
pocina na 20 juli 191?
Petre Iliov born in village of
Slatino, city of Ohrid, Macedonia
at age of ?7
died on July the 20th 191?
Tase Markov 19 g.
rodom od s. Zelevo
Predade dusata si vo najcvetnite*
mart 23ti 1913g.
[ * Kostur means skeleton in Macedonian language, today (Kostur is) in the territory of Greece.]
Tase Markov a 19 years old
born in village of Zhelevo
region of Kostur* Macedonia
He gave his soul (to god) in his best**
March 23rd 1913 year
[ ** Najcvetnite means most blossoming in Macedonian language, I translated as "best, most beautiful".]
Here is resting
George (looks like Georgi - cannot see the first letter) Bobov
33 years old
originally from the village of Zhelezna, Berkovska region, Bulgaria
Died on October 14(?), 1919.
from God's child, life companion Nadezhda
Dafo Hr.* Dzhogomanov
from the village of Banica, Ler.** Macedonia
Born in 1880, killed poisoned in January 1920.
Never forgotten by close friends and family.
[ * Hr. is short form of Hristov - his middle name.]
[ ** Ler. is short form of Lerin city, (which is) today in the territory of Greece (Florina).]
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