History of Vancouver Memorial Services and Crematorium
The Vancouver Memorial Services and Crematorium was established in 1912 and has the privilege of being the first crematorium built in Western Canada. The Vancouver Cremation Society constructed the crematorium within Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver’s oldest cemetery, located at the corner of 41st Avenue and Fraser.
The crematorium, was initially painted bright pink. Because of the Art Deco design and tradition of long standing service to the community, the building was proudly designated a Heritage Building in 1991.
After changing hands several times, the Vancouver Crematorium was sold to the Simpson family in 1916, which operated it over 60 years. In the mid 1980s the Simpsons sold the business, which is today a member of the Dignity Memorial family.