About Us

Focused on Your Needs

Who We Are and What We Do

Proudly serving Welland and the surrounding area since 1874, J.J. Patterson & Sons Funeral Residence will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals.

We are proud to be a part of this community.  Our helpful, dedicated staff are passionate about supporting families, local associations, religious organizations and cultural groups, and we are honoured to host a series of free memorial events throughout the year.

Our Staff

Funeral Home Manager

Chris Chappelle

Chris became a funeral director in 1982 and has been with J.J. Patterson & Sons for 36 years. He is a member of St. Kevin's Church, Knights of Columbus, and volunteers with Niagara Health Foundation.


Office Administrator

Sharon Whaling

Sharon joined Arbor in 2012 at  Pleasantview Funeral Home. After serving as administrator for Arbor's Ancaster location. She joined J.J. Patterson & Sons in 2016.


Pre Planning Funeral Director

Christopher Climie

Throughout his 15 year career in funeral service, Christopher has worked throughout South Western Ontario. He recently came home to Welland and joined our team as a pre planning funeral director. 


Funeral Directors

Joe Rak

Joe started his career in Toronto.  He has been serving families at J.J. Patterson’s since 2007.  Joe lives in Welland with his wife Kim and their daughter Lauren.


Shirley Proulx

Shirley became a funeral director in 1994. She is a licensed cosmetologist and Funeral Celebrant. She is a member of St. Mary's Church and has volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul and Wellspring Niagara.


Lindsay Taddeo

Lindsay earned her funeral directors license in 2003 and joined Arbor in 2018. She is a former practical examiner for Board of Funeral Service and treasurer of Niagara District Funeral Service Association.


Desiree Glaves

Desiree resides in Stoney Creek with her husband Gerry and their 3 children, Jamison, Acaydia and Shea. She is new to the Welland area but worked at another Arbor location in Oakville for 7 years.


Para Funeral Assistants

Diane Freeman

A Welland resident for 58 years, Diane has been with us for over 20 years.  She is retired from the Provincial Government. She and her husband Neil have two children.

Louise Dupont

A lifelong resident of Welland, Louise has been married over 50 years and has a son and three grandchildren.  She volunteers with Community Christmas Toys and Our Lady of Hungary Church Council.

John Fraracci

John retired from Welland’s industrial sector after 42 years and has been with us since 2009. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for over 50 years and is an avid birdwatcher.

Dorothy Clarkson

Dorothy is a lifelong resident of Welland where she is a member of St. Kevin’s Church.  She’s been married to Henry for 55 years and they have 3 children, 5 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild.

Luciano Di Mario

Lou came to Welland from Rome, Italy in 1965. He retired from the Welland Fire Department after 27 years and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church. Lou has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.


Arbor Memorial Inc. (“Arbor”) is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities by preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting the accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). 

As part of our commitment, we strive to achieve barrier-free accessibility at all Arbor locations nationally.

If you would like to provide feedback regarding Arbor's Accessibility Services, please visit the "Contact Us" section of this website. Alternatively, you can contact the location Manager by telephone or mail. Arbor's Accessibility Policy is available upon request.