Our Heritage

Born in Little Anse, Isle Madame, on beautiful Cape Breton Island, Herman Boudreau of C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home Limited, Arichat, Nova Scotia found his way into funeral service during a summer vacation with his wife Norma in July, 1971. They had taken the Fleur de Lis Trail back to Isle Madame (named after the titles of the Queen of France), during a vacation from Everett, Massachusetts where Herman was employed.

Although born and educated in Little Anse, Richmond County, Herman moved North to seek employment. It was in Massachusetts that he met and married the former Norma Elizabeth Hussey in December, 1963. Two sons, Charles Norman and Kevin Michael were born in the United States of America.

Herman's brother Gordon, purchased the former C.A. Boucher Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Arichat,back in September 1971 and asked Herman if he wouldbe interested in re-locating to Isle Madame, to work for him. Herman at that time, went back to his wife with the idea. At first, Norma was a bit shocked, but the more she thought about it, the better she liked it. The children were small, so the move would not upset them. But for Norma, who had spent all of her life in a big city, the move was met with some trauma.

Gordon, Herman, and Norma all worked together and although times were tough, they all pulled through. Herman received his Funeral Director's license in 1971, followed by his Embalming license in 1993.

In July of 1975, Herman and Norma acquired the Funeral Home and Ambulance Service from his brother Gordon, the former Chez Gordon Funeral Home Ltd., renaming it to the C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home Limited. Norma became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1980, working side by side with her husband Herman as company President and Norma as Vice President, Manager.

Their two sons have grown up with the business. Although Charles (Chuck) became a School Principal, Kevin became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1993, and is now a retired Paramedic. Kevin's wife, Noreen, is also a licensed Funeral Director, obtaining her license in 2002, and  as well as being a former Paramedic.

A special day for the Boudreau family was on May 1, 1987 when they opened the doors to their newly-renovated, modern funeral home overlooking the beautiful historic Arichat Harbour. Arichat is one of the oldest communities in Nova Scotia. It was a roaring Atlantic seaport in the early 1800's.

In September, 1997 EMC (Emergency Medical Care) purchased the ambulance portion of the Boudreau business.

Since 1975, Norma has trained four apprentice Funeral Directors and two licensed apprentice Embalmers, and she has taken on the apprenticeship of four students from Kingstec Community College Funeral Program in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Herman and Norma have seen many changes in their forty seven years in the Funeral Profession and feel more changes are on the horizon.

Norma became the first female President of the Nova Scotia Licensed Embalmers and Funeral Directors Association, serving her term from July, 1996 to July, 1998. She was also Chairman of the Atlantic Provinces Funeral Directors and Service Convention in Sydney, Nova Scotia in September, 1998 and again in Truro, Nova Scotia in 2002. Norma was also presented with a plaque of recognition as the Swiss Air Committee Chairperson who contributed her time for on-site coordination, and professional service on the occassion of the Swiss Air Flight 111 Committal Service held on August 31st and September 1st, 1999. She the former Secretary/Treasurer of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia for many years and sat on the Board of Directors as the Nova Scotia Representative of the Funeral Service Association of Canada as their Secretary/Treasurer for 13 years. Norma was also a former director of the Board of Directors of the Program Advisory Committee of the Funeral  and Allied Health Services Program at Kingstec Community College in Kentville.

Also on staff since 2011 at C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home Limited is Norma's grand daughter Ashley Clorey who is a dedicated and professional licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, who obtained her Funeral Director's license in 2015, and her Embalmers license in 2016  under the apprenticeship of grandmother Norma and father Kevin. Ashley  is an asset to the staff.

C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home is located on beautiful Isle Madame overlooking the Arichat Harbour. Isle Madame is a seventeen square-mile island that is rich in Acadian heritage and also one of the oldest communities in Nova Scotia. Being bilinqual, the staff at C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home is dedicated to serving all non-denominational families that have lost a loved one. From "pre-planning" to "at need" services and "post need" follow-up, our Funeral Directors are professional, with a specialized ability and expertise to assist you during one of life's most difficult times.

Our web site was created to assist those who are anticipating or have experienced the death of a loved one. We hope the information and links provided will help you learn more about the importance of "The Funeral" and how it is the best foundation from which "closure" can successfully be achieved.

Choices made at the time of death are forever unchangeable and may have a positive or negative impact on the rest of your life. It is of paramount importance that you make well-informed decisions and realize that we are here to assist you in making those important choices.

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