FU­NERAL HOME FINED

Re­stric­tions placed on Glace Bay Fu­neral Home by pro­vin­cial body.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

The Reg­is­trar of Ceme­tery and Fu­neral Ser­vices has placed re­stric­tions on fu­neral homes owned by Trevor Tracey in Bed­ford and Glace Bay.

Car­ley Samp­son, me­dia ad­viser for Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia, said the re­stric­tions on T.J. Tracey Cre­ma­tion and Burial Spe­cial­ists re­sulted from un­li­censed ac­tiv­ity at the Bed­ford lo­ca­tion.

On Aug. 3, Tracey pleaded guilty un­der the Ceme­tery and Fu­neral Ser­vices

Act to ac­cept­ing money for pre­ar­ranged fu­ner­als at his Bed­ford lo­ca­tion with­out the nec­es­sary li­cence. He was fined $1,500.

In an email re­sponse to ques­tions from the Cape Bre­ton Post, Samp­son said Tracey’s Glace Bay and Bed­ford fu­neral homes are only per­mit­ted to pro­vide mer­chan­dise and ser­vices to cus­tomers at the time of death. Tracey is also not per­mit­ted to pro­vide price quotes or wish lists to cus­tomers who want to pre-ar­range a fu­neral at a fu­ture date.

Samp­son said the Bed­ford and the Glace Bay fu­neral homes op­er­ate with sep­a­rate fu­neral home li­cences.

The charges laid against Tracey re­lated to busi­ness that was con­ducted at the Bed­ford fu­neral home, she said.

“We have not re­ceived any com­plaints about the Glace Bay lo­ca­tion.”

Tracey ex­panded his busi­ness to Glace Bay in the sum­mer of 2016 and it is lo­cated in the for­mer Holy Fam­ily Church on Re­serve Street.

In a press re­lease, Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia ex­plained that a li­censed fu­neral home must also have a sep­a­rate li­cence to sell pre-ar­ranged fu­ner­als or sell in­surance-funded pre-ar­ranged fu­ner­als.

Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia urges the pub­lic to deal only with li­censed sell­ers and to al­ways check li­cens­ing sta­tus be­fore pay­ing money or en­ter­ing into a con­tract for a pre-ar­ranged fu­neral.

Tracey

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