Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Homes
Our place in this community dates back to 1933, when Gilbert MacIntyre opened the doors of his funeral parlour on Quebec Street for the very first time. For more than 90 years, we've guided families through planning funerals and memorials that honour loved ones. Though many things have changed in that time, our dedication to professionalism and attention to detail has never wavered.
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Guelph's leading provider of personalized funerals and cremation memorials
The team at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son offers knowledge and compassion you can count on. Our experienced and caring staff blends traditional values with contemporary products and services to memorialize every life in a unique way. Whether funeral or cremation, simple memorial or upbeat celebration of life, there are choices that reflect your personal preferences, family traditions and cultural values.
We are experienced in meeting the needs and wishes of families from all walks of life and a variety of faiths and cultures. With patience and care, we listen to what is important to you before creating a beautiful remembrance that truly reflects the memory of your loved one.
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Losing someone you love can be very painful. Planning a funeral or cremation in advance makes it easier on your family. In fact, planning and funding final arrangements ahead of time is among the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones.
When you plan ahead, you get to carefully consider your options and make choices that ensure your life is remembered and celebrated the way you want. You also help lock in today’s prices.
We are experts in pre-planning and offer in-person, phone and virtual consultations. We'll take the time to get to know you and carefully explain what's available, including paying in installments.
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Veterans and public servants programs
We deeply appreciate those who have sacrificed for our freedoms, and we specialize in serving the veterans community. It's our privilege to honour veterans and their families in need of funeral services. When it comes to honouring veterans, no other funeral or cremation provider is more committed to fulfilling your or your family’s wishes.
The Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Program offers dignified funeral services with military honours to eligible homeless and indigent veterans. In addition, the Dignity Memorial Public Servants Program offers no-cost tributes for career and volunteer law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel who fall in the line of duty.
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Rockwood Memorial Trail and Family Memorial Area
In May 1999, Gilbert MacIntyre & Son started the Family Memorial Area and Memorial Trail within the Rockwood Conservation Area.
Located just off Highway 7 in its namesake village, midway between Guelph and Acton, the Rockwood Conservation Area is a 79-hectare public park in what is now the Grand River Conservation Authority. It's a scenic gem, renowned for its majestic vistas, forests and the world's largest concentration of rare glacial pothole formations.
More than 75,000 people visit Rockwood each year, but the park was lacking a well-defined trail network. Forty years of public use has resulted in the trampling of undergrowth required for regeneration of the park's magnificent forests.
Through a long-term agreement with the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Grand River Conservation Authority, Gilbert MacIntyre & Son contributes $50 on behalf of every family we serve. Each contribution is a footstep along the Rockwood Memorial Trail, a formal walking path for all to enjoy.
A record of the donations and the people they commemorate is kept in a kiosk in the Family Memorial Area. This area is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Rockwood Conservation Area's main camping and day-use areas. From the parking lot at the historic Harris Woolen Mill ruins, you can cross the rustic bridge over the Eramosa River and pass the tumbling waters of the upper mill dam. The Family Memorial Area is secluded and contemplative. It's the site of our annual memorial service held each year in June.
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If you'd like to talk about pre-planning a funeral or have an immediate need, contact us and we'll be in touch right away. We're honored you're considering Gilbert MacIntyre & Son, and we're here with compassionate, professional care day and night.
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son history
"It was early spring, in 1933, when my father, Gilbert MacIntyre, opened the doors of his funeral parlour on Quebec Street, Guelph," writes Michael D. MacIntyre. He was only 23 years old, but he knew even then that this is what he wanted to do.
"He also ran an ambulance service out of the same location. In 1938, the Dublin Street house was purchased, and our family lived upstairs. I recall many times sitting at the top of the stairs, as quiet as could be, watching people come and go and getting a glimpse of my Dad at work.
"He was my idol and my friend. It was during those quiet moments that I, too, realized that this is what I wanted to do—serve people as a funeral director.
"The Dublin Street house and the neighbouring property have undergone many changes over the years to accommodate the needs of the families in our community. In 1998, we opened the first funeral chapel in the village of Rockwood; and located in the heart of the growing south end of Guelph, the Hart Chapel was built in 2004.
"Although my father passed away in 1994, I know his spirit and influence is still very much alive in Gilbert MacIntyre & Son funeral homes. And I have the privilege of working with my four children: Michael Jr., Peter, Andrew and Stephanie. 'Gib' would be so proud."
Gilbert MacIntyre & Son became part of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers in 2023. Michael MacIntyre and a third generation of MacIntyres are still at the funeral home each day, planning services and helping families honour their loved ones.
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