September 29, 2013

New owners at R.W. Walker Funeral Home

PLATTSBURGH — R.W. Walker Funeral Home in the City of Plattsburgh is under new ownership.

Longtime employees Barbara Maggy and Trevor Rabideau took over the business on June 21, as former owners Richard and John Walker moved into retirement. Maggy said there will be little change.

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“We want to keep the Walker tradition, but with our own take on it,” she said.

Ex-owners to help

The change doesn’t mean the Walkers won’t be around, Maggy said, as they have agreed to help if things get really busy. Rabideau said some families have specifically requested one of the brothers for assistance.

Maggy said she’s been at R.W. Walker for 25 years, while Rabideau said he’s been there for 17 years. It still fells like a family-owned business, she said, as the Walkers always made them feel like they were part of the family.

R.W. Walker is a full-service funeral home. It offers everything from pre-planning services through on-going post-funeral support. 

“We’re continually there for them as long as they need us to be,” Maggy said.

She said one bonus they offer is they have both male and female funeral directors. That gives families some flexibility in working with whoever they are most comfortable.

The home itself is tastefully decorated with a wide variety of antique furniture, lamps and other accessories. There are two viewing rooms, a product-display area and offices.

There is also a children’s waiting room with a television, books and coloring books to keep the young ones occupied.

They have made efforts to provide a brighter atmosphere in the viewing areas.

“We are trying to use better lighting to make it seem not so dreary,” Rabideau said.

Chapel available

The R.W. Walker Memorial Chapel is the largest room, with enough space to have an actual funeral. Rabideau said more and more people have asked for that service in the past decade.

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