A Tale From the Patterson Funeral Home — Carleton Place

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September 1952

Dan Colin, a prominent Ramsay farmer attended a funeral at the Patterson Undertakers in September of 1952. About to leave the cemetery he chatted with Gordon,aka Putt Patterson, who was in charge. Colin wondered if he could slip Patterson 10 bucks–in return, he wanted a ride in the hearse. Putt Patterson said quickly,

“I’ll just take that money!”

He took Dan and put him head first into the back of the vehicle and took him for a ride down a couple of concessions. Finally he dropped Dan off at the front door of his home. No one would really verify the story after the fact- and so it goes down in the files of Carleton Place’s Urban Legends. I think we are on Volume 4 by now.

Joann Voyce added:

This was the Furniture Store and Casket display building with the enbalming room in the back . There was a red boat house here and the motor for the boat was stored in the enbalming room.If we wanted to go fishing we had to get the motor out ourselves even if the room was in use. At the bottom of these stairs was where the ambulance was parked for fast access
The lovely brick building on the west side of Bridge St between High and Charlotte was  “The Hearse House” as we called it. That was where Pattersons stored the hearse and at one time there was even a horse drawn hearse stored in there.
The actual Funeral Home was the lovely red brick on the south east corner on Lake Ave West and Sarah St. Mr and Mrs Joseph Patterson lived in the home and I was in it many times

 

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Joann Voyce said–Funerals were held in peoples homes in the past as well as the Funeral Homes.
Patterson’s was across the street from Fleming’s and both operated at the same time.Joseph and Ella Patterson lived on Lake Ave West, opposite Ed and Doris Fleming and both used their homes as funeral Homes when the family did not want to host it in their own homes.That was how these FUNERAL HOMES started.

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. This was the Furniture Store and Casket display building with the enbalming room in the back . There was a red boat house here and the motor for the boat was stored in the enbalming room.If we wanted to go fishing we had to get the motor out ourselves even if the room was in use,LOL

    At the bottom of these stairs was where the ambulance was parked for fast access

    The lovely brick building on the west side of Bridge St between High and Charlotte was ” The Hearse House” as we called it. That was where Pattersons stored the hearse and at one time there was even a horse drawn hearse stored in there

    The actual Funeral Home was the lovely red brick on the south east corner on Lake Ave West and Sarah St. Mr and Mrs Joseph Patterson lived in the home and I was in it many times

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  2. I believe the Lake Avenue location that is mentioned was the Fleming Brothers Funeral Home, later Kerry then Tubman until Julie TubmCarleton Place and Almonte in 2014. Any death notices I’ve seen from the Patterson Funeral Home giving an address say High Street.

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