Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
The Futhers’ came to Wellesley in March of 1933. Milton R. “Pat” Futher, came to work for Mr. John Ratz who operated the Undertaking, Furniture and Saw Mill. In 1934, John Ratz passed away and Milton R. Futher purchased the business from the Ratz estate. The name of the business became the M.R. Futher Funeral Service and Furniture as of June 1935.
The present Funeral Home was built in 1897 by Mr. Edward Ratz who operated from 1897 till 1908. Edward Ratz sold his business to his brother John. Edward then opened a business in Kitchener (Berlin). M.R. Futher and his wife Eileen Futher, operated the business with the help of his three sons; Ronald, Jerome and William, until the death of M.R. Futher on December 12, 1962. His sons continued to operate the Funeral Home and in June of 1963, the Funeral Home name was changed to Futher Bros. Ltd. Funeral Service and Furniture. In recent years, brother Jerome passed away and the furniture operations were closed.
In the fall of 2007, Christopher W. Franklin purchased the Futher Bros. Ltd. Funeral Home after the decision by Ronald and William Futher to start their long deserved retirement. Ron Futher passed away in 2016.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Christopher W. Franklin
Funeral Director & Owner
Christopher was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario. In 1988, he received his Funeral Directors Licence issued by the Ontario Board of Funeral Services. He has a wealth of experience. After fulfilling his apprenticeship requirements at the Coutts & Sons and T. Little & Sons Funeral Home in Cambridge, he served families at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home in Guelph, Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home in Hamilton and recently was the Managing Funeral Director of the Marlatt Funeral Home in Dundas for 10 years.
Christopher is married to Diane and they have 5 children; Laura-Lily, Christopher, Justine, Spencer and Natalie. They also have 6 grandchildren Christopher and Diane are honoured to serve your family with the same Compassion, Dignity and Respect that you have come to expect from the Futher Family.