Memorial Forest

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

A recording of this year’s Tree Dedication has been posted below.

You are invited to visit the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest and Walking Trail at the University of Guelph Arboretum all year round.

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 presented on the Memorial Forest Wall at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, added to the Memorial Forest listings on the Wall-Custance website.  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.

TREE DEDICATION

The annual tree dedication represents each tree that was dedicated in memory of our loved ones between September 1-August 31. A temporary plaque is placed in the Memorial Forest Dedication Grove on the third weekend of September. You are welcome to come for a walk to view the temporary plaque.  The permanent plaque is usually in place by December. 

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 year.

Please note: The date which accompanies the name refers to the date the tree was dedicated.

Memorial Tree Dedications

Between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023

Robert J.
Airhart
M. Marsha
Alder
Jack F.
Alex

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Margaret E.
Allcock
Minnie
Ambrose
Doris M.
Anderson
Richard
Anderson
Derek
Anderson
Wendy L.
Ashley
Jack C. R.
Ayres
Theresa M.
Barbour
Liam C.
Barr
Gudrun
Beer
Anne
Behnan
Corrado (Corry)
Belacca
R. Scott
Bell
Marie
Bernier
Sandra E.
Billing
Richard I.
Bimm
Derrick J.
Bishop
Michael R. E.
Black
Vera
Bohac
Julia M.
Bosboom
John A. R.
Bott
Benjamin P.
Bradburn
David
Breit
John M.
Brennan
Eleazar
Briceno
Henry L.
Brown
Ryder K.
Brown-de Boer
Ronald N.
Brownell
Danny R.
Browning
Cory M.
Brownrigg
Mary
Buchan-Rae
L. Ruth
Bulionis
Joan A.
Burkhart

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James W.
Burnett
David
Butler
Gerard F.
Butts
Penny
Byers
G. Scott
Campbell
Earle H.
Campbell
Van M.
Campbell
Michael E.
Carey
Veronica B.
Carter
Rosa
Casale
Nan Han
Chan
Wilma F.
Cheesman
Mikio
Chiba
Kathleen (Kay)
Church
Albert Joseph "Joe"
Clairmont
Janette I.
Clark
Douglas M.
Clark
Travis E.M.
Clifford
Rebecca (Reece) T.
Clough

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Rosemary A.
Collins
Dorothy M.
Comfort
J. Donald
Cooper
R. Douglas
Coughey
Marvin L.
Coulas
Wm. Ross
Couling
Audrey B.
Crane
Patricia M.
Creamer
Della (Adela) M.
Cremasco
Edith F.
Cross
Charlotte M.
Cullens
Gary
Dagenais
Melvyne (Mel) V.
Davis
John A.
Davison
Fredi G.
Degan
Alan
Denmark
Edith
DeQuetteville
Norman H.
Diamond
Sheila
Dickson
Paul Émile
Dion
Karen L.
Donaghey
Jim
Donald
Barab and John
Draycott
Guy
Dupont
Rhonda
Dury
Barry R.
Edgar
Eric
Elder
Queen
Elizabeth II
Brenda E.
Ellig
Dieter
Engel
Wyatt G.
Eston
G. M. Clare
Farrell
Jerlene
Favrin
Raymond
Feraday
Bruno
Figliuzzi
Shirley M.
Finlay
Chad M.
Finley
Marjorie (Marj) I.
Fitton
Richard E.
Flechner
Stephanie R.
Flood
Elizabeth C.
Flynn
Gloria B.
Foster
John F.
Frauts
Charles D.
Fulton
Annunziato (Ned)
Furfaro