Cass Fu­neral Homes get­ting new own­ers

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

CassFuneral Homes pres­i­dent Barry Evans con­firmed to the Stanstead Jour­nal, on Mon­day, that he and his part­ner, Jac­ques Laberge, were in­deed in ne­go­ti­a­tions to sell the 102 yearold company. Although, be­cause of le­gal rea­sons, he could not say who they were ne­go­ti­at­ing a sale with, Mr. Evans com­mented: “They ap­proached us about a sale. Ac­tu­ally four sep­a­rate fu­neral ser­vice com­pa­nies ap­proached us within the last year; they were all lo­cal com­pa­nies. We were not re­ally in­ter­ested at first and said ‘No’ sev­eral times, but when they came back with a good of­fer, both Jac­ques and I sat down and thought it through.”

Mr. Evans be­lieves that, through the sale of the company, the fu­neral homes in smaller com­mu­ni­ties such as Cook­shire and Sawyerville will have a bet­ter chance of re­main­ing. “With cre­ma­tions up 80 %, the rea­sons to keep those build­ings gets harder to jus­tify. If we com­bine their business with our business, that vol­ume can bet­ter support the smaller fu­neral homes,” said Mr. Evans who ad­mit­ted that it was ex­pen­sive to main­tain the build­ings. “Just in Stanstead, last year, we in­vested $35,000 to re­pair and main­tain the roof.” The fu­neral homes in Stanstead, Len­noxville, Rich­mond and Wind­sor are the four stronger lo­ca­tions.

Cass Fu­neral Homes has pro­vided ser­vices to the English com­mu­nity of the East­ern Town­ships

since it was founded and is ex­pected to con­tinue to do so after the sale. “We are aware of the im­por­tance of keep­ing English ser­vices and the po­ten­tial buy­ers are aware as well. The present staff would re­main here, just like when we bought it back in 1992. If you call, ei­ther Penny or Janie or my­self or Jac­ques will an­swer the phone,” said the pres­i­dent, adding: “Ev­ery­thing will be fine. The pre-ar­range­ments are all in trust, and ev­ery­one is fully pro­tected. The im­age won’t change, just the peo­ple in the back.”

Founded in 1913 by Melvin A. Cass, Mr. Evans and Mr. Laberge bought the company in 1992, along with Everett Boyn­ton. It has fu­neral homes in Len­noxville, Stanstead, Ayer’s Cliff, Rich­mond, Cook­shire, Sawyerville, Wind­sor and Rock For­est.

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