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Patten Funeral Home has served the Glace Bay community since the 1930s, when it was established as Louden Funeral Service. Today, the funeral home provides funeral and cremation as a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. From the moment you give us a call or walk through our doors, you are in the best possible hands. The staff at Patten Funeral Home is so dedicated and the service so exemplary, that we've won awards and accolades. Whatever your vision or your loved one's wishes, we go the extra mile to make it happen.

Personalized touches

We offer everything from a wholly traditional church funeral and cemetery burial to a modern celebration of life with live music, catering and a send-off that reflects the personality and passions of yourself or your loved one. Do you want a butterfly release? You got it. How about personalized golf balls as mementos? You can have those, too. What about chocolate cupcakes with purple frosting? The list is literally endless—and we attend to every detail.

Cremation services

Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, the funeral home team can explain the process and different options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service or a witness cremation to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice—and handle all of the cremation arrangements.

We are here for you

Please contact us if you need help right away or would like more information about our obituary and funeral services. If you are or your loved was a police officer, firefighter or EMT, be sure to ask about our public servants program.


In 1949, licensed funeral director and embalmer James Patten purchased Louden Funeral Service in Glace Bay after managing the business since 1937. He subsequently renamed it Patten Funeral Home. In 1946, James's son, Fred, was discharged from the Canadian Forces and joined his father in providing funerals, burials and cremations to area families. They ran the business together until James died in 1966.

Fred then bought the Mason Wholesale site at 71 Union Street in the centre of town and that's where Patten Funeral Home remains until today. Fred hired Harvey A. Cameron, an experienced local embalmer, to manage the funeral home in 1979. When Fred retired in 1987, Harvey and Eric Lynk, a United Church minister, bought the business.

Eric left in the late 1990s to devote himself to the ministry full time and Harvey died in 2009. Today the staff of Patten Funeral Home continue in the tradition of compassionate care that started in the '30s.

Today, Patten Funeral Home is a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers, and we are always here when you need us.





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Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"The staff at Pattens were wonderful and compassionate as they assisted us through the greiving process. They helped us with all of the arrangements we needed to make not only with them but with the cemetery and helped us file the proper documents needed for closing out the estate."

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August 2020

"The whole process from initial contact to my mother's internment was seamless, even under the unprecedented circumstances surrounding Covid 19."

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June 2020

"When we found out that my Nan had Cancer and would not recover, we had to get her affairs in order. We heard very good things from other friends and family about Pattens. So we figured we would set up a meeting. From the first moment we called Michelle (Funeral Director), she treated us like family. She did not rush us or push us in any direction but guided us through the process. At the time of course we were not clear minded or thinking straight and our minds were in other places. Michelle helped us through each moment, making the decision process so much easier. Her suggestions on things were amazing and we all appreciated the help. The day my Nan passed, Pattens had all the professionalism you could ask for. They were kind and caring, understanding and gentle. They did an incredible job all while keeping our families emotions first. We highly appreciated this. The day of the service. The set up and atmosphere was just as my Nan would have liked it. We were treated with the upmost respect and helped in anyway we needed. This made the day so much easier on our Family. The day of the Funeral. Again Michelle and her people were with us through it all. They managed to keep us all together and helped us along the last steps of the way. Our Family was more then pleased with the services provided from Pattens. I would highly recommend their services, they are a great group of people to help you through these difficult times. There is nothing easy about dealing with a loved ones death but their is a way of calming the situation and that's how I would explain my experience with Pattens. Thanks again to Michelle and her People. You did an amazing job."

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March 2020

"We are so appreciative of the care and support our family received from Patten Funeral Home in Glace Bay. We can't thank the team enough. Everything went perfectly and we are forever grateful. We would highly recommend their services."

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February 2020

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