Theo Brunet & Sons Ltd. Funeral Home
Six generations of Brunets serving Ottawa-Gatineau, Clarence-Rockland and surrounding areas.
Established and proudly Canadian, family owned since 1884.
The Brunet family of Clarence-Rockland, Ontario, traces its origins in funeral services back to the 1800's. Jean-Baptiste Brunet (1st generation) was born in 1824 and resided in Clarence Creek Ontario. He was a carpenter and built coffins. Fabien Brunet (2nd generation), born in 1852, established the Brunet undertaking and driver business in 1884 in a district which became Rockland a few years later. He was also an agent for Coal, Buggies, Cutters, Stoves and Marble Work . His father, Jean-Baptiste, worked with Fabien at the funeral home and continued to operate the business when Fabien died in 1915. Jean-Baptiste died in 1924 at the age of 100 years and 4 months. Fabien's son Joseph (3rd generation), born in 1882, obtained his Embalmer's Certificate in 1915 and joined the family business. He died in 1948.
A great grandson, Théo (4th generation) Joseph's son born in 1920 received his Embalmer's Certificate of Qualification in 1944. After his father's death in 1948, Théo and his wife became owners and operators of the funeral home. In 1970, he incorporated the firm under its current name, Théo Brunet & Fils Limited. Théo passed away in 1994. Two of Théo's sons, Marc and Guy (5th generation, great-great grandsons) were licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 1969 and 1976 respectively and joined the firm. They became the major shareholders in 1979. Marc retired in 2000 and Guy became the main shareholder and President of the Company. Diane, Guy's wife is also owner and part of the funeral home staff along with their son Christian and daughter Véronique (6th generation, great-great-great grandchildren of Jean-Baptiste) also both licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Over the years, the funeral home has undergone several major changes. Today it includes:
- 2 administration offices;
- an enclosed coffee lounge;
- a large visitation room, on one side of the central foyer;
- a 30x40 foot visitation room which can be divided into two large rooms or used as a 100 seat chapel;
- an office for consulting with families and arranging funeral details with easy access to the casket and urn selection room;
- a state of the art preparation room;
- a garage big enough to hold a leading car, a funeral coach and a family car;
- two vans.
We, the Brunet Family, serve the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Clarence-Rockland as well as the surrounding rural community. Rockland is located 30 km east of Ottawa. All staff members are bilingual. Our funeral home is immaculate and well-maintained with a warm and friendly decor. We are a dedicated family with a rich tradition in funeral services since the 1800s. We keep abreast of the changes in funeral services and our commitment to the families we serve will continue for many years to come.
RESPECT- HONESTY-SERVICE-DEDICATION IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THEO BRUNET & SONS FUNERAL HOME.