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Heritage Funeral Home moving to new (much bigger) location

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Heritage 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

Heritage 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.

Twice 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.

Heritage 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.

Through 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.

The 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.

As 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.

As it turns out, Guy played a hands-on role in designing the layout of the new buidling and its many amenities.

The 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.

Germain, 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.

"I 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."

The 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.

That level of service, which they have become synonymous with, will continue at the new location

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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