Photo from Public Archives
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
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.