A HISTORY OF WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL
In l940, Ross McLanaghan and James A. Ross founded the McLanaghan-Ross Funeral Home, at 206 Norfolk Street, Guelph.
In l954, George E. Wall purchased the business from Mr. McLanaghan and it became known as the McLanaghan-Wall Funeral Home and in l961 the funeral home was renamed the George Wall Funeral Home. Mr. Wall retired in l966 and the business was purchased by A. Bert Custance and Robert Lee, who re-named it the Lee & Custance Funeral Home.
In l970, with the acquisition of the Tovell Funeral Home on Yarmouth Street the two operations became known as Lee & Custance Funeral Home - Wall Chapel and Lee & Custance Funeral Home - Tovell Chapel. The Tovell Chapel was subsequently closed in l972 and the Tovell records were transferred to the Wall Chapel.
Mr. Custance assumed sole ownership of the business in l972 and re-named the firm the Wall-Custance Funeral Home. Upon his retirement in February l980, the Glaves family, purchased the business and retained the Wall-Custance name. James E. Glaves managed and then owned the funeral home until 2007. The funeral home is presently owned by Scott Young
After the extensive renovations and with the addition of a chapel in l984, the name became Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd.
Wall-Custance Funeral Home also pioneered the concept of a private Family Reception Centre for post funeral receptions. Wall-Custance Funeral Home has a functional Family Reception Centre, complete with all that is needed to host a post-funeral reception. This spacious area in the Funeral Home combines warmth and comfort and can sufficiently accommodate up to 150 people and is accessible to the physically challenged.
A unique and innovative service offered by Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel was the introduction of the Memorial Forest Program, in co-operation with The Arboretum, at the University of Guelph. The purpose of the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest is to provide an opportunity to commemorate the life of a loved one, in a special way, by planting a tree - a Living Memorial. Each tree in this natural forest will be in memory of one who has lived. A tree symbolizes strength, shelter and durability. A tree planted in the forest is not only a symbol of hope but a sign of a new beginning. It will stand tall as a living tribute to the memory of the deceased. It will be a source of comfort and meaning to those who have suffered a loss and help to ease them through a difficult time. As a life ends, a new life begins. A tree is automatically planted for each individual whose arrangements are entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home. A living symbol of appreciation for the confidence and trust placed in our firm. However, the Memorial Forest program is not restricted to those served by Wall-Custance Funeral Home. Everyone is invited to participate in this project. The Memorial Forest is prominently located at the Arboretum, at the University of Guelph. The planting of a tree can be arranged through Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel. The family of the deceased receives an In Memoriam card stating that a tree will be planted in the Memorial Forest in memory of their loved one. The name of the deceased is engraved on the Memorial Forest Wall at the funeral home as well as in the grove at the arboretum. It is also printed in the Dedication Service brochure.
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