The Tuttle Family
It has been more than 140 years since Abram Akerly (AA) Tuttle ushered his family into the funeral service profession as an extension of the sash & door factory and building supply business he had purchased in 1882. In the late 19th century it was common practice for fine woodworkers to be called upon to construct caskets leading some to take on the task of funeral directing as an associated venture.
A.A. Tuttle Funeral Director would become established in Moncton as the Tuttle family grew. A daughter Alice Mae, and three sons Fred, Ottie & Harry would be born to AA and Josephine Tuttle. All three sons having entered the family business by the time of AA’s death in 1913, the firm would be renamed Tuttle Brothers Limited in 1919.
Eldest son Fred would guide the business until his death in 1946 when the youngest sibling, Harry, became president. Harry, who started work beside his father at age 12 would spend the next 57 years associated with the company and make significant contributions to his profession. He would join his colleagues from around the Maritimes when the call for assistance went out from Halifax following the sinking of the Titanic in April, 1912 and also during the days following the 1917 explosion that rocked that city.
While funeral service was still largely the preserve of men in 1963 when Harry passed away, he left behind three daughters, Olive, Muriel and Janet, all of whom took an interest in the business but it was Janet, the youngest, who would ultimately take over as president. At his father-in-law’s urging, Janet’s husband Lloyd Mallory had also come to work at Tuttle’s, initially as a casket maker but eventually training as a funeral director.
Janet and Lloyd would lead the firm and take a prominent role in the profession for most of four decades until her death in 2012. They would oversee a host of changes in the company including the opening of the Riverview Funeral Home, in 1986, and the addition of in-house cremation services.
After Janet’s passing, Lloyd Mallory would carry on running the Tuttle business for another decade, eventually closing the historic Lutz Street location downtown in favour of the modern Riverview facility. After retiring from the day-to-day operations, Lloyd would continue as president until selling the firm in the spring of 2023.
Securing Our Future
Fergusons Riverview Funeral Centre
When Lloyd Mallory decided to sell the Tuttle firm he turned to two other respected family enterprises to carry on the business and the Tuttle legacy, ensuring the funeral home would continue to be a local business.
In May 2023, Ian Ferguson of Fergusons Funeral Home in Moncton and the MacMackin family of Brenan’s Funeral Homes in Saint John joined forces to acquire the Riverview Funeral Home.
Rebranded to reflect the change in management and local affiliation, Fergusons Riverview Funeral Centre today operates in partnership with Fergusons in Moncton. It remains a separate entity, jointly owned by Ian Ferguson and the MacMackins.
Fergusons Funeral Home of Moncton has become one of the leading funeral service providers in the region over the past 30 years. Joining his father Wendell at the family firm almost 20 years ago, Ian Ferguson, like his father, is a career funeral director. Wendell Ferguson remained involved in the business until his death in 2022.
Brenan’s, established in 1872, was acquired from the Brenan family in 1970 by the late Douglas MacMackin. The company’s three Saint John area funeral homes are now overseen by a third generation of MacMackins.
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