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.
News & Updates
Did you know that in our area cremation has become very common. Cremation is simply an alternative form of disposition rather then burial. Cremation does not reflect on the service that is held to remember the life lived or to provide support and comfort to those who grief.
Alternatively if a cremation without memorialization is desired, we at the Mitchell Funeral Home can assist you with this choice. But, we will still provide to you our knowledge and support. We work hard for you and strive to keep our fees affordable as well as competitive.
A newer service across Ontario are cremation services, they advertise simple and affordable services, but simply they are doing what funeral homes have always done, but are limited to only dealing with dispositions.
As a funeral home owner, I just suggest, talk to your local funeral home first. Check out the level of service before and after the disposition as well as related fees. We are here to serve you 24/7.
Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017