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Book Drive Drop Off

We're accepting gently used books & DVDs in support of Women's Place of South Niagara.

Please drop off by May 1, 2019.

We ask that all donations be in good condition.

Who We Are and What We Do

Proudly serving Welland and the surrounding area since 1874, J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals.

We are proud to be a part of this community.  Our helpful, dedicated staff are passionate about supporting families, local associations, religious organizations and cultural groups, and we are honoured to host a series of free memorial events throughout the year.

Our Staff

Managing Funeral Director

Chris Chappelle

Chris interned at J.J. Patterson & Sons, obtaining his licence in 1983. After working in  Ridgeway and Toronto, Chris returned to manage the firm in 1985. He later owned the funeral home for 10 years before choosing to take a step back for more personal time.  He holds a Certified Preplanning Consultant designation, was the vice-president of the former Welland Hospital Foundation Board, a past-president of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association and he has served on the executive of the Welland-Port Colborne Bereavement Resource Council.  Chris has two adult children, J.R., and Tammy who is married to Mike.

Funeral Director

Joe Rak

Joe was born and raised in Port Colborne.  After finishing the Funeral Service program at Humber College, he interned at Trull Funeral Homes, North Toronto Chapel and obtained his Funeral Director's License in 1995. Joe returned to Niagara where he has served families in the area for over 12 years before joining us in 2007. He lives in Welland with his wife Kim and their daughter Lauren.

Funeral Director

Shirley Proulx

Shirley is a life-long resident of Welland and was a licensed cosmetologist before attending the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College. She has practised in Niagara since becoming a licensed funeral director in 1994. Shirley is also certified as a Funeral Celebrant. She is a member of St. Mary's Church, a past president of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association and she has volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul Society and Wellspring Niagara.

Funeral Director

Aleisha Murray

Aleisha  joined us as a cooperative education student during her high school years at Notre Dame College School. She later interned with us and earned her funeral director's license in 2005. She is a life-long resident of Welland where she resides with her spouse Ryan and their sons Damien and Max. Aleisha is a proud supporter of animal rescues and animal welfare in our community.

Funeral Director

Lindsay Taddeo

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Lindsay completed the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College, fulfilled her internship with J.J. Patterson & Sons, obtaining her Funeral Directors License with honours in 2003. For the last 15 years she served families in Niagara Falls at Morse & Son Funeral Home. She rejoined our team at J.J. Patterson & Sons in July 2018. Lindsay has also served as an examiner with the Board of Funeral Services and has been active in the Niagara District Funeral Service Association for a number of years. 

Funeral Director Assistant

John Fraracci

John is a life-long resident of Welland and joined us in 2009. He worked in local industry for 42 years. John and his wife Carol have two adult children, Katherine and Christopher, and two grandchildren.

Funeral Assistant

Luciano (Lou) Di Mario

Lou was born in Italy and has lived in Welland since 1965. He speaks fluent Italian and has worked with us for year on a part time basis. He recently retired from his full time position as a firefighter for the City of Welland. He is a member of St. Mary's Church.  Lou and his wife Nella have two married children and four grandchildren.


Sharon Whaling

Sharon first came to Welland from her hometown of Stratford in 1996 to attend Niagara College, where she studied public relations and journalism.  She joined Arbor in 2012 as a member of the opening team for the new Pleasantview Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Thorold. After serving as site administrator for Arbor's Dodsworth and Brown Ancaster Chapel, Sharon jumped at the chance to serve families in her adopted hometown by joining the team at J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence in 2016.


Sue Harpwood

Sue joined us in 2009 after a lengthy career in a local professional health care practice. She and her family have been life-long residents of Welland. She has two married children, Jessica and Matt, and grandsons Grayson and Harrison.


Diane Freeman

Diane has been a part of our team on a part time basis since 1998. Since retiring from her role with the Provincial Court Office, she has been with us more often. She and her husband Neil have two children, Tyler  and Lauren.  They are members of the Sacred Heart Parish Community.


Dorothy Clarkson

Dorothy is a life-long resident of Welland and was welcomed to our firm in 2007. She and her husband Henry are members of The Parish Community of St. Kevin. They have three children and five grandchildren.


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