10 a.m., Aug. 13)
Heritage Funeral Home moving to new (much bigger) location
By Fred Sherwin
Funeral Home is about to get super-sized. After serving
the local community for the past 17 years, the independently
owned funeral home will soon be moving into a new location
at the corner of Taylor Creek and Trim Road.
Funeral Home co-owner Germain Souligny stands
in the main hallway of the soon-to-be-opened
new location on Taylor Creek Road. Fred Sherwin/Photo
as big, with twice as much parking and a crematorium,
the new location will better be able to serve Orléans
ever-growing and increasingly multi-ethnic community into
the next decade and beyond.
Funeral Home is one of only three family-owned and operated
funeral homes left in Ottawa. What started out as a university
project by Guy Souligny in 1996, quickly morphed into
an actual business involving Guy's father Germain, and
business associate Benoit Robert in 1998.
the years, Heritage Funeral Home has gained a well-earned
reputation for providing a full range of funeral services
with an attention to detail and a sensitivity to personal
needs that goes well beyond industry standards.
More recently, however, they have found it increasingly
more difficult to keep up with the community's massive
growth and changing demographic. And as more and more
people choose cremation in their funeral plans, it became
necessary to find a location that can serve that special
service. Up until now, cremations were done off site.
new location at the corner of Taylor Creek and Trim Road,
can provide cremation services in a state-of-the-art facility
that is environmentally safe and secure.
for the new building itself, it will take your breath
away. If Germain and Guy Souligny were looking for a "wow"
factor they certainly created it with a 120-foot long
main hallway and a 20-foot high ceiling.
it turns out, Guy played a hands-on role in designing
the layout of the new buidling and its many amenities.
21,000 sq. ft. facility includes two reception rooms.
The first can seat up to 125 people, and the second is
more of a bistro style setting that can accommodate up
to 75 individuals. There are three large visitation rooms
that can hold up to 100 people each, and a large chapel
that is twice as big as the former chapel and can seat
up to 300 people.
Guy and Benoit are understandably proud of their new home
and are anxiously awaiting the chance to show it off to
the rest of Orléans. If everything stays on track,
it should be open by the end of the month with the official
grand opening planned for late September or early October.
think the people are going to be impressed," says
Germain understatedly. "Guy has put his heart and
soul (not to mention hundreds of hours) into making sure
that every detail has been looked. We're very proud of
what we've built here and we hope the community will be
proud of it as well."
Soulignys and Benoit Robert are a strange trio in an industry
that has shrunk from large corporate takeovers, buyouts
and IPOs. They believe that the best way to provide what
is a private, personal service is by providing individual
service that is sensitive to the personal, private needs
of their clients in a time of loss and bereavement.
level of service, which they have become synonymous with,
will continue at the new location
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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