Cass Funeral Homes getting new owners
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.