In the late 1930's my Grandfather, Carl T. Addison moved his wife Myrtle, daughter Betty (my mother) and son to Huntsville to begin working at the Ould's Funeral Home. Later my grandparents had another daughter, Barbara. Shortly after my grandfather arrived Mr. John Ould died and my grandfather assisted Mrs. Ould in operating the business. After a few years of operating under the Ould Funeral Home name Carl Addison took over the ownership of the business and the Addison Funeral Home began.
In 1969 my grandfather, Carl T. Addison sold the funeral home to his son with the plan to enjoy a well deserved retirement. Unfortunately, due to poor health, my grandfather died in 1972. Upon taking over ownership of the funeral home my uncle proceeded to make it more modern in design, more accessible, and installed a permanent chapel. Throughout the coming years many renovations and advances in service were made in the funeral home. My uncle continued operating the funeral home in my grandfather's footsteps. As a young child my grandfather would take me out of town on trips for the funeral home. When my uncle took over the family business and started renovations I began working at the funeral home, helping with the renovations and later with funeral assistance.
Originally located on West Street behind the old Eaton's store, my grandfather, in the late
1940's moved the business to it's current location.
I left Huntsville in 1977 to attend Humber College in Toronto and obtained my Funeral Directors License in 1979. I remained in Toronto working with the Trull Funeral Homes until 1984, when my uncle invited me to return to the family business. I worked with my uncle until the time he sold the business in 1990 at which time I became the managing funeral director.
The corporation, from their time of purchase, was aware of my interest in owning the business started by my Grandfather. On May 16, 2001 my wife Colleen and I were fortunate enough to be able to purchase the funeral home. It was a difficult decision to change the name of the funeral home, but to set the new direction of the business it was necessary. Now the business operates under my family name, however it will continue to be operated in the spirit of my grandfather, Carl T. Addison. The chapel has been dedicated to his memory with his portrait proudly hung in the foyer.
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Mitchell Funeral Home is committed to Huntsville Families
Few Muskoka businesses are as entrenched in the community as Mitchell Funeral Home. Ould Funeral Home was first established in the early 1900s, with Larry Mitchell’s family taking over in the 1930s. Larry is proud of this tradition and the fact that theirs is the only funeral home in Muskoka, from Sundridge down to Orillia, that is still family-owned and operated. “I think that’s what makes us so unique,” Larry explains. “You’re dealing directly with our family when you come to us and that creates a special kind of familiarity at a pivotal time.”
Supporting families through loss creates an immediate and often lasting intimacy with a funeral director. Over the years, the Mitchell family –Larry together with his wife Colleen and son Bill-have connected with countless local families through the generations, which is the continuation of a tradition that goes back decades. “Some local families are connected with us as far back as great and great-great grandparents.”
Published: Saturday, June 09, 2018