The structure that houses the Upper James Chapel of Cresmount funeral home was built by Judge Loblaw when Upper James Street was still a mud road.
During the mid-1950s, W. A. Thorpe purchased the property and operated it as Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home. His brother Ernie served as the funeral director, and he and his family lived upstairs. Thorpe Brothers sold the building in the early 1980s to Royal Trust Real Estate.
A few years later, Ted Powell, who was involved in construction, and Wes Key, a funeral director from Cayuga, bought the building in partnership, adding the chapel and rear atrium and converting the garage. Their ownership lasted from about 1985 to 1987.
In 1987, the business underwent another name change, becoming the Mount Hamilton Chapel of Dodsworth & Brown. It remained under that name until 1991, when Mr. Powell and Mr. Key bought it back and began operating it under the name Swackhamer, Truscott, Brown and Dwyer.
In 1997, Powell and Key sold the business to an affiliate of Service Corporation International and it became Cresmount Funeral Home-Upper James Chapel. We’ve been a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers ever since.