Our History

MacIsaac Funeral Home has recently completed of our ninetieth year of operation. As each year passes is often a time of reflection. We contemplate our past deeds and renew our hope for the promise that the future may hold. One thing has remained constant through the nine decades that have passed since we first opened our doors: simply stated, we are dedicated to providing our community with the highest standard of service that we can provide. The families of our community deserve this much at your time of grief and loss. Our family roots in Antigonish county extend back to 1780's when the first MacIsaac's settled in Doctor's Brook, Antigonish Co. Jack MacIsaac began his enterprise in 1926. His son Vincent became involved with the business at an early age and graduated from the American Mortuary Academy, New York City in 1947. It was in this same year that Jack moved the business to its current location on Pleasant Street. Jack  passed away in 1972.  James MacPherson became involved in the business around this same time. Illness forced Vincent into an early retirement in 1981. It was then that his wife, Joan MacIsaac, became the driving force behind the business. Their son, John MacIsaac, returned to Antigonish to enter into the family service in 1987. We were pleased to welcome Alvin Bowman in 2007. Alvin is a very caring and compassionate member of our team. John represents the third generation of the MacIsaac family to have the honour of serving our community. With the passing of longtime employee James MacPherson, another member of the MacIsaac family joined the business. Terry (MacIsaac) Purcell, who spent the last 37 years working as secretary at Braemore School and Antigonish Education Centre, is pleased to join John and Alvin at the funeral home and looks forward to continued service to the community in this new capacity. She is currently apprenticing for her Funeral Director's Licence. 

Changes are being undertaken to reflect our wish to preserve the traditional aspects and atmosphere of the Funeral Home while attending to the changing needs of our community. Our hope is that we will have the honour of delivering the kind of personal service you have come to expect from MacIsaac Funeral Home over the past ninety years. Locally owned and operated is not just a buzzword to us, it is a commitment to our community that we will continue to respect and honour for years to come.

Family is the lifeblood of any community. We will endeavour to continue in providing your family with the compassionate and dedicated service with which we have had the privilege of delivering to the families of Northeastern Nova Scotia.