Memorial Forest

ANNUAL DEDICATION SERVICE:
Memorial Forest Grove, Arboretum,
University of Guelph

Tentative date pending Covid-19 restrictions.

Wall-Custance Memorial Forest Program

The Wall-Custance Memorial Forest program provides an opportunity to commemorate the life of a loved one in a special way; by planting a tree — a living memorial. A memorial tree serves as a source of comfort and meaning to those who have suffered a loss and helps to ease them through a difficult time. As a life ends, a new life begins. This program is not restricted to those served by the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel. Everyone is invited to participate.

LOCATION

Google Map: Search Wall-Custance Memorial Forest Trail

The Wall-Custance Memorial Forest is prominently located at The Arboretum at the University of Guelph. The Memorial Forest Dedication Grove can be found off of Arboretum Rd., just down from Alumni House. You can enter from the intersection of East Ring Rd. and Arboretum Rd.

HISTORY

The program began January 1st, 1989 and has grown with each passing year. The Wall-Custance Memorial Forest was established in recognition of the severe depletion of our forests. This program is a small part of the major endeavor of reforestation, reducing the green-house effect, improving air quality and providing food and shelter for birds and wildlife. The Memorial Forest Program not only pays tribute to the memory of one who has passed; it assures a better environment for generations to come.

PLANTING A TREE

The planting of a tree is arranged through the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel. As part of this lasting tribute, the family of the deceased receives a notification acknowledging that a tree will be planted in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest in memory of their loved one.

The trees planted in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest are part of a natural forest growth. The species and location of the trees planted is determined solely by the staff of The Arboretum based upon greatest need and are planted throughout the year. The native character of the forest is maintained, including such local species as maple, ash, cherry, birch, elm, oak, cedar, tamarack, spruce, hemlock and pine.

The trees are not individually marked. All names appear on one large annual plaque in the dedication grove.

The name of the deceased is also engraved on the Memorial Forest Wall at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, added to the Memorial Forest listings on the Wall-Custance website and printed in the annual Dedication Service program. Trees may be planted through this program regardless of the time elapsed since the death, where the death occurred or where the service was held. Multiple trees can be planted in memory of one person and single trees can be planted in memory of multiple people.

COST:

The current cost to have a tree planted is $75.00 (as of Jan. 1, 2021). The cost is for the tree only. Wall Custance covers all costs related to the maintenance and development of the program.

Trees can be ordered in the following ways:
Online: www.wallcustance.com
By Phone: 519-822-0051
In Person: With cash or a cheque made payable to the UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Payment, along with the name(s) of the individual(s) in whose memory the tree is being planted and the name of the individual who is to receive the notification should be forwarded to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel for processing. A tax receipt will be issued by the University of Guelph.  

There is no charge for a Memorial Tree to those families who entrust the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel with their arrangements. We plant a tree in memory of every person we serve with arrangements.

DEDICATION SERVICE

A dedication service is held annually to celebrate all of those who have had trees dedicated in their memory each year from September 1-August 31. The annual dedication service is held on the third Sunday of September each year at 2:30pm in the Memorial Forest Dedication Grove. This service is open to all who wish to attend; the average annual number of attendees is approximately 2500. The service is held outdoors in the forest, rain or shine.

We hope that the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest program will continue for many years to come and that the solace that nature offers, particularly in the depths of a living forest, will be of comfort and benefit to all.

Memorial Tree Donations in Memory of ...

Use our search tool to find memorial trees planted for loved ones, by name or by date, year.

Memorial Tree Dedications

Between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021

Mohammed Anwar
Afzali
- October 12, 2020
Domenic (Mimmo)
Agostino
- December 22, 2020
Margaret F.
Alexander
- November 10, 2020
H. LaVerne
Allen
- September 01, 2020
John David
Ayre
- October 02, 2020
Janet
Babinetz
- December 21, 2020
Fergus
Bandy
- December 28, 2020
Katalin
Bardocz
- September 15, 2020
Roy
Bartlett
- December 18, 2020
Terry M.
Belyea
- December 24, 2020
Balbir Kaur
Bhotoia
- September 30, 2020
Edwina M. (Winnie)
Bible

*

- December 06, 2020
Rosemarie
Birke
- November 28, 2020
Niranjan
Biswas
- October 20, 2020
Mary N.
Black
- December 31, 2020
Helen Lenore
Bland
- November 10, 2020
Paul J.
Bodendistel
- December 01, 2020
Ruby
Bolton

*

- November 17, 2020
Eric D.
Booth

*

- October 12, 2020
Teresa
Bottero
- December 28, 2020
Dimitrios
Boumis
- November 14, 2020
John A.
Bourdeau
- October 23, 2020
Wm. Brian
Briggs
- October 16, 2020
V. Lawrence (Larry)
Briggs

*

- December 13, 2020
Aili
Brimacombe
- December 11, 2020
Brenda A.
Brooks
- December 08, 2020
Sharon A. M.
Bruder

*

- September 29, 2020
Donald
Bryant
- October 28, 2020
Vicki
Burch
- December 28, 2020
Alan
Burroughs
- December 29, 2020
James S. (Jim)
Butcher
- November 05, 2020
Doris W.
Cameron
- October 04, 2020
A. Jean
Cameron
- December 31, 2020
Marilyn J.
Carlyle
- September 09, 2020
Andre
Carriere
- October 06, 2020
J. Robert (Bob)
Carthew
- October 17, 2020
William (Bill) G.
Chamberlain
- December 08, 2020
Hazel L.
Chapman
- November 29, 2020
David D.
Christie
- October 14, 2020
Gwendolyen
Clarke
- December 08, 2020
Ann F.
Cochrane
- December 19, 2020
Samuel E. (Sam)
Cole
- November 07, 2020
Murray W.
Coole
- September 26, 2020
Bonnie L.
Copland
- September 03, 2020
Donna
Coutts
- December 14, 2020
Scott B.
Cowieson
- December 03, 2020
Nancy P.
Cox

*

- October 24, 2020
Frederick P.
Cremasco
- December 02, 2020
Robert B. (Bob)
Crewe
- December 01, 2020
Mary Carolyne
Curl
- September 26, 2020
A. Bertis (Bert)
Custance
- December 10, 2020
A. Diane
D'Angelo
- November 26, 2020
Lorenzo
DiGravio

*

- December 22, 2020
Pietro (Peter)
DiReto
- December 22, 2020
Eleanor M.
Dobson
- December 15, 2020
Evelyn E.
Dunk
- December 29, 2020
Raymond P.
Dwyer
- October 03, 2020
Alma A.
Dyson
- October 28, 2020
Marion
Eckstein
- October 28, 2020
Mary E.
Elliott

*

- December 06, 2020
Lila E.
Engberg
- September 23, 2020
Robert (Bob) J.
Everson
- September 12, 2020
William W.
Finnigan
- December 17, 2020
Allessa N.
Fisher
- December 17, 2020
Sheryl E. (Sherry)
Flood
- November 18, 2020
Donald F.
Foote
- December 21, 2020
Leona M.
Fox
- September 13, 2020
Dave
Gale
- December 28, 2020
Janet P.
Galloway
- September 26, 2020
Anne
Godfrey
- December 29, 2020
Volker (Fred)
Grasmueck
- September 03, 2020
Malcolm N.
Gray
- October 15, 2020
Roland H.
Greenway
- December 22, 2020
C. Loreen
Haldenby

*

- October 26, 2020
W. Beatrice
Hampson
- December 08, 2020
Linda J.
Hargreave
- September 15, 2020
E. Isobel
Harris

*

- September 28, 2020
Phyllis
Henke
- December 22, 2020
Shirley A.
Henshall
- September 30, 2020
Dorothy
Hill
- September 02, 2020
Joy
Hill
- September 13, 2020
David K.
Hoeg
- October 10, 2020
Phyllis R.
Holland
- December 15, 2020
James & Grace
Hollis
- December 30, 2020
William J. (Bill)
Holmes
- October 06, 2020
G. Bruce
Hood
- December 30, 2020
Madeline V.
Hooper

*

- October 10, 2020
Barry L.
Horsley
- December 29, 2020
Barry L.
Horsley
- December 29, 2020
Joachim G. (John)
Hueniken
- October 24, 2020
Jean N. (John)
Hurtubise
- December 24, 2020
R. Scott
Hyde
- October 06, 2020
Constance M. (Connie)
Johnston
- October 24, 2020
M. Ila
Johnston
- November 12, 2020
Margaret E.
Johnston
- November 14, 2020
Wm. J. Leonard (Len)
Johnstone
- October 25, 2020
A. Walter (Wally)
Jones
- December 22, 2020
Stephen E.
Jordan
- December 23, 2020
Jean H.
Julian
- December 01, 2020
Donna L.
Kangas
- December 09, 2020
Shawn
Kelly
- November 16, 2020
G. Douglas
Killam
- November 17, 2020
Wilma
Kiraly
- October 28, 2020
Sylvester
Kitchen
- September 22, 2020
Judith
Knelman
- December 28, 2020
Martha
Koscher
- December 17, 2020
Ruby N.
Kraus

*

- October 18, 2020
Joy M. L.
Krouse
- December 01, 2020
William E. (Bill)
Laking
- October 13, 2020
Isobel
Lander
- December 13, 2020
Syiriah
Larking
- December 14, 2020
Violet
Lawrence
- December 18, 2020
Gord
Lawson
- December 31, 2020
Brittany A.
LeBlanc
- October 25, 2020
Betty
LeBlanc
- December 05, 2020
Madeleine
Lee
- December 20, 2020
Thomas G. (Tom)
LeLacheur

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- November 08, 2020
Shirley
Leslie
- September 24, 2020
Julia E.A.
Louch
- October 15, 2020
Lorraine
Luxford
- November 30, 2020
Donald J. G.
Macaulay
- December 05, 2020
Joy
MacFarlane
- September 05, 2020
Jean
Macleod
- October 06, 2020
Betty Lou
Martin
- October 24, 2020
Barbara K.
Martin
- October 03, 2020
Christel A.
Martin
- November 13, 2020
A. Ben
Martin
- September 26, 2020
Linda D.
Martin

*

- November 27, 2020
Colin C.
Martin
- October 19, 2020
Lorne
McCready
- December 08, 2020
M. Isabelle W.
McDonald
- December 04, 2020
William J.
McGee
- December 14, 2020
Barbara J.
McGill
- October 12, 2020
Malcolm R.
McLean
- December 02, 2020
Michael A.
McPhee
- December 04, 2020
Hakim S. H.
Melika
- November 28, 2020
Guiditta A. (Judy)
Mercante
- November 30, 2020
P. Dorothy
Metcalf
- December 16, 2020
James H. S. (Jim)
Milne
- October 12, 2020
Marie A.
Mitchell-Dunn
- October 26, 2020
Eleanor
Morgan
- September 16, 2020
Christine D.
Mowatt
- December 26, 2020
David R.
Murray

*

- October 07, 2020
Raymond
Nixon
- September 04, 2020
David L. G.
Noakes
- December 16, 2020
Walter
O'Krafka
- December 19, 2020
Anne
Officer
- November 20, 2020
Carrie
Olsen
- December 08, 2020
Roy
Onyschuk
- December 03, 2020
Eleanor A. R.
Parker
- October 25, 2020
Robert (Bob)
Pennycook
- November 26, 2020
Wm. Rendall (Randy)
Pettitt
- October 22, 2020
Alice
Pinnock
- December 15, 2020
Valeria
Piovesan
- December 05, 2020
Rozina
Postma
- October 28, 2020
Tamas
Pusti
- September 06, 2020
Robert C. (Bob)
Quillman
- October 25, 2020
Chuon Ling
Ri
- September 14, 2020
Marva J.
Riekels
- November 06, 2020
Dorothy H.
Riley
- December 11, 2020
Wayne
Robinson
- December 15, 2020
Luisa
Romero Kerr
- December 28, 2020
Muriel A.
Russ-Hunt
- December 20, 2020
Ron
Ryan
- December 29, 2020
William H. (Bill)
Scott
- October 20, 2020
A. William
Scott
- October 09, 2020
Noel J. C.
Seim
- September 10, 2020
H. Paul
Servant
- December 30, 2020
D. Wayne
Shannon
- September 20, 2020
Howard
Shavalier
- December 16, 2020
Madeline
Shavalier
- December 16, 2020
Sterling
Sherren
- December 08, 2020
Jodi-Lei
Simpson
- October 16, 2020
Sherry A.
Simpson
- December 24, 2020
Raghbir
Singh
- October 04, 2020
Shirley
Smith
- November 02, 2020
Douglas J.
Smith
- September 22, 2020
Clifford A.
Smythe
- September 29, 2020
Overton A. R.
Soper
- November 23, 2020
Phyllis J.
Speers
- November 11, 2020
Leon
Stachnyk
- October 10, 2020
Ruth E.
Steel
- September 26, 2020
Margaret C.
Stinson

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- November 04, 2020
Brenda J.
Thompson
- September 30, 2020
Carolina
Trinchi
- December 30, 2020
Orlando
Trinchi
- December 28, 2020
Adriana (Adri)
Vandermeer
- December 18, 2020
Erzsebet
Veres
- December 16, 2020
Dave F.
Vogt
- November 29, 2020
George A.
Walmsley
- September 16, 2020
Ottokar (Otto)
Weninger
- November 04, 2020
Jerry
White Jr.
- December 11, 2020
Marjorie
Willis
- December 20, 2020
E. Hermann
Wolf
- November 12, 2020
Barry R.
Wood
- November 22, 2020
Wm. Russel
Woods
- December 18, 2020
Ken
Wright
- December 15, 2020
Ken
Yamada
- December 03, 2020