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(Updated 7:30 a.m., Oct. 27)
Heritage Funeral Complex marks official opening with ribbon cutting and open house

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The brand new state-of-the-art Heritage Funeral Complex marked its official opening on Wednesday, one year after it first opened its doors to local residents looking to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones.

Previously located at 2871 St-Joseph Blvd., the Heritage Funeral Complex used to be called the Heritage Funeral Home, but after moving into its new 24,000 sq. ft. building on Taylor Creek Road complete with a 300-seat chapel, large and spacious reception rooms, and state-of-the-art crematorium owners Germain and Guy Souligny felt it needed the name change.

Wednesday's ribbon cutting was attended by Guy Souligny, Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, Madame Souligny, Germain Souligny, Bob Monette and Benoit Robert. Fred Sherwin/Photo

By being able to provide cremation, visitation and funeral services under one roof, the folks at Heritage have seen a dramatic increase in clientel, including members of the Hindu community who appreciate the Funeral Complex's willingness to adhere to the funeral rituals of their religion.

Guy Souligny says the public's response to the move to the new facility has been overwhelming.

"We've seen a huge increase in both funerals and cremations," says Souligny pointing out that the larger chapel has been a major factor to the increase in business. "It's the largest chapel in Ottawa. We can still do the smaller services, but having the capacity to accommodate up to 300 people is a major advantage, especially since there are a lot of people out there who aren't necessarily church-goers or identify with a particular religion."

The Soulignys and business associate Benoit Robert, have been providing funeral services to local residents since 1998. The business has grown over the years thanks in large part to their commitment to detail and a sensitivity to the personal needs of their clients that goes well beyond industry standards.

During Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony, Orléans Ward councillor Bob Monette acknowledged the fact that the funeral complex is a rarity in this day and age in that it is an independent, locally owned and operated family-run business and that the Soulignys have always played an active role in the community they serve.

"Not only are they funeral home operators, they are leaders in our community. Guy was very involved with as an executive member of the BIA for many years and Germain is very involved with the Paroisse St-Joseph," said Monette. "These are the tyoe if individuals that make our community such a great place to live. This is a truly is a state-of-the-art facility that our residents can be very proud of and from what I hear it is the envy of other funeral homes in the industry,"

For additional information about the Heritage Funeral Complex and the services they provide you can visit http://heritagefh.ca.

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

 

 

   

 


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