Bonnie Parker - Owner/Funeral Director ChantalPilon-Dupuis-DirectriceFunérailles WilliamMacDonald - Managing Director Newly renovated funeral home welcoming public to open house
Jim Bennett - Aftercare, Prearrangement
The operators of McArthur Bros & Mac- Neil Funeral Home and Chapel in Cornwall want the public to see their newly reno- vated facility. With that in mind, they are hosting an open house Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 428 Second Street East funeral home. The funeral home, purchased by Bonnie Parker in April 2010, has undergone exten- sive renovations over the past six months. Highlighted in the extensive work are a new chapel and new reception area allow- ing families to hold a reception celebrating the life of their loved one right at the funer- al home after the completion of the funeral service and interment. The operators have also harkened to the history of the funeral home with a neat touch near the building’s front entrance. Old brick from the building’s past has been unveiled in main hallway as a testament to
the funeral home’s heritage. “It was an extensive renovation to make the families more at ease during a time of grieving,” said Jim Bennett, pre-need coun- sellor and after care. Funeral director Bill MacDonald encour- aged area residents to come see the results of their hard work at the funeral home. “We want them to come in and see the changes that we made,” he said during a re- cent tour of the facility. “We also want them to come in and meet us.” “We are proud of the changes and we want to show them off,” said MacDonald, who worked at McArthur Bros. & MacNeil as a student at the young age of 18 and boasts 30 years experience in the business. The funeral home was founded in Lan- caster, Ontario in 1859 byWilliam J. Hender- son who opened it in conjunction with his tinsmith shop. It was sold to John (Jack) McArthur and re-
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purchased the business in April 2010 to complement the funeral business she has owned and managed for more than 15 years in Morrisburg. MacArthur Bros & MacNeil take pride in the fact they are locally owned and oper- ated as well as their competitive pricing. “We know we are the least expensive. We have a price-match guarantee,” MacDonald said. They are so confident about their prices that they are offering a price match guaran- tee to anyone shopping for funeral home services: If anyone finds a current published price in Ontario cheaper than their current prices, they will match it and give the cus- tomer 20 per cent of the difference. McArthur Bros & MacNeil Funeral Home & Chapel is at 428 Second St., East in Cornwall, For more information, please call 613-932- 6300 or email at mcarthurbrosfh@cogeco. net.
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