History of Hillsboro Funeral Home

In the autumn of 1991, Ruth Power arranged a meeting of some people that were discussing the need of a funeral home on the east side of the Hillsboro River. From this gathering the idea of forming a funeral cooperative arose.

Subsequent meetings were held and it was determined that there were a number of things required, each with an associated cost. The first of these requirements was a Charter with an associated cost of $350.00. It was decided that the first seven members wishing to join the cooperative would pay $50.00 in membership fees and a charter was granted in 1992. The first members of the Hillsboro Funeral Co-operative were: Ruth Power - Chairperson, Martha Cullen - Recording Secretary, Peter Driscoll, Bernard Lacey, Linus Gallant, Mena MacDonald, Ed Reeves, and Elmer Peters.

In September of 1992, the funeral co-op conducted its first funeral and the second funeral followed in November. In the autumn of 1992, space was rented in the Bunbury Mall for an office and a selection room.

In 1993, a ten year old hearse was purchased and in 1994 a van was purchased. Negotiations for the current site were completed. The sod turning ceremony took place in 1997 with the completion of the building in January of 1998.

In 1999, the position of General Manager was created and on August 27, 1999, Vince J Murnaghan commenced employment. In 2000, a 1987 hearse was purchased and an additional 1.02 acres of land was purchased to allow for further expansion.

The funeral home continues to grow and expand as necessary in order to provide the best possible service to the community.