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Wagg Funeral Home Ltd.
216 Queen Street,
Port Perry, ON L9L 1B9
Wagg Funeral Home Ltd.
216 Queen Street
Port Perry, ON CA
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The Wagg Funeral Home, "McDermott-Panabaker Chapel" has a history in the community dating back to 1846. Like our predecessors in the funeral home, we are committed to the families we serve during their time of need. We are equally committed to supporting community groups and charities, and believe that a connected community thrives. By supporting the community we are supporting ourselves and our collective futures.
Our humble beginnings go back to 1846, when John W. Davis purchased the
property at the south west corner of Queen and Perry Streets, and built a furniture store. Davis also served as the town's undertaker when he opened his store.
William Henry Letcher purchased the store from the Davis family in 1901,
and eventually passed the business on to his son, Merle. After the death of his father, Merle Letcher sold the business in 1934 to Archie McDermott.
Twelve years later in 1946, Art Panabaker came to Port Perry to work for Archie and in 1951 they added a chapel and a casket room to the building. Art and Archie became business partners in 1955. Then in 1960, Archie's son, Grant McDermott, bought his father's share of the business.
In 1981, Harold Wagg, who grew up just outside Uxbridge, purchased the business from Grant and Art. When Harold decided to retire in 1990, he sold the funeral home to Myles O'Riordan on August 1,1990. Myles is the current owner of the Wagg Funeral Home. He was raised in Aurora and had worked in Richmond Hill and Toronto. Since purchasing the funeral home he has made his home in Port Perry.
|August 6, 1866|
Advertisement that was first placed in the Port Perry Standard in August 1866 celebrating 19 years in business in Port Perry.
|November 26, 1873|
Advertisement by John W. Davis & Sons from November 26, 1873
|1884 J.W. Davis Furniture Rooms|
Newspaper drawing of J.W. Davis Furniture Rooms rebuilt in 1884 after the fire. Artist stood across Queen Street looking south on Perry Street.
|August 9, 1900|
Advertisement by W.H. Letcher in the North Ontario Observer.
|1900's Queen & Perry Street looking west|
Letcher Funeral Home on the left looking west on Queen Street towards Simcoe Street.
|William Henry Letcher|
Purchased business from Davis Family in 1901.
|1900's Letcher Funeral Home|
Queen & Perry Street looking west
|William Merlin "Merle" Letcher|
|1900's WH Letcher Funeral Home|
An unknown gathering in front and beside the WH Letcher Funeral Home. The building across the street is the current Royal Bank.
|Archie Louis McDermott|
|1930's Glass Sided Hearse|
Archie L. McDermott on the right and his employee Arnold Glenney sitting on Archie's last glass sided viewing hearse in the 1930's. The hearse was pulled by a team of horses stabled in a barn on the current funeral home parking lot.
The hearse is parked where the current Perry Street entrance into the funeral home is today. This area was enclosed in the 1960's. Across Perry Street to the east is the back of the current Royal Bank building.
Art Panabaker came to Port Perry in 1946 to work for Archie McDermott. In 1955 he purchased half of the business from Archie and the business became known as McDermott-Panabaker.
Returned to Port Perry in 1957 and in 1960 he purchased his father's (Archie McDermott) shares in the business.
One of Art and Margaret Panabaker's daughters standing in front of the Queen Street entrance into the furniture store. Perry Street is seen through the windows.
|1980 McDermott-Panabaker Funeral Home & Furniture Store|
At this time McDermott-Panabaker still sold furniture from the Queen Street entrance. The funeral home entrance was on Perry Street.
|Harold J. Wagg|
Purchased Funeral Home from Grant McDermott and Art Panabaker in May, 1981.
|1985 Harold J. Wagg Funeral Home & Photo Gallery|
Harold Wagg operated a picture gallery at the Queen Street entrance where McDermott-Panabaker used to sell furniture. The funeral home entrance was off Perry Street.
|1988 Harold J. Wagg Funeral Home|
Furniture and picture store are gone and now the building is strictly a funeral home serving area families.
|1989 Harold J. Wagg Funeral Home|
View looking north on Perry Street in the summer of 1989.
|Myles G. O'Riordan|
Myles O'Riordan purchased the Funeral Home from Harold J. Wagg in 1990. In 1997 he undertook a major expansion project and built a new Chapel and completely renovated the interior of the Funeral Home.
|2005 Wagg Funeral Home|
|2005 Wagg Funeral Home from Perry Street|