Carbonear funeral home hit by vandals
Windows broken, door damaged at well-known business
Residents of the Town of Carbonear were shocked to hear a well-established family business in the town had been vandalized.
Slades Funeral Home on Powell Drive will be replacing two windows and installing new steel double doors after unidentified vandals threw two large rocks at the business and tried to break down the door between 5 p.m. July 10 and 7 a.m. July 11.
The business has been operating in the town for 20 years and is run by Ned and Elizabeth Slade and their two daughters —Katie and Krista — who are all funeral directors and embalmers. They have a second location in Bay Roberts that opened in 2006 and a third in Upper Island Cove that opened last year.
An officer with the Trinity Conception RCMP investigated the scene and confirmed the damage.
Katie’s husband Andrew Ryan had been the first to see the damage while driving by the building and immediately alerted the family.
Krista said the family was shocked and upset when they arrived at the funeral home.
She said the rocks they found were the size of softballs and one penetrated through the double pane glass on the far left window of the business. Both windows were on the north side of the building.
“The rocks obviously weren’t from around here,” she said, referencing the red crushed stone that surrounded the building. “Someone had to bring them here.”
The windows that were damaged were to the showroom where caskets are kept and, Katie confirmed, a large rock was thrown with so much force it “bypassed three caskets.”
She also confirmed they had also had several windows broken more than five years ago, but the perpetrator was caught.
The Slade’s are a very well known family in the area. Ned was a former Deputy Mayor in the town and Elizabeth works at the post office. All four of their children — they also have two sons, Keith and Kenneth — used to work at the Carbonear Swimming Pool while in high school. Most residents in the town recognize them everywhere they go.
Krista admitted the family has been questioning if they were targeted or if it was a random act.
“It’s the first thing that we asked ourselves is if we had offended anybody,” she said.
Katie said she has no idea who could have committed this insensitive act, and could not think of a motive.
Both Krista and Katie were relieved there was no one waking during the incident and Krista shook her head thinking about what would have happened if there had been a funeral that morning.
Some locals have questioned why it would happen to a family that helps people most in their time of need after a loved one passes on.
RCMP officials are calling it “mischief of property” and stated they do not believe it was an attempted break and enter.
“It’s just odd that whoever did this just caused the damage,” Krista said. “They didn’t even gain access to the building.”
She shrugged as she said, “What could they take, a casket?”
Katie confirmed the door had been kicked open but had held because of the deadbolt. There was still a visible footprint above the door handle Thursday evening.
Police are looking for leads and are asking the public for assistance. Any information can be reported to 596-5014.
A large softball-sized rock was thrown through this window at Slades Funeral Home in Carbonear last week. The rock was thrown with such force it landed past three caskets inside the showroom.