7:30 a.m., Oct. 27)
Heritage Funeral Complex marks official opening with ribbon
cutting and open house
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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
ribbon cutting was attended by Guy Souligny,
Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, Madame Souligny,
Germain Souligny, Bob Monette and Benoit Robert.
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
Souligny says the public's response to the move to the
new facility has been overwhelming.
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."
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
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.
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
additional information about the Heritage Funeral Complex
and the services they provide you can visit http://heritagefh.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)