The facility, built in 1860, did not nearly resemble the colonial-style funeral home that it is as of today. Built as an apartment building that at one time housed several families, it presently is a local landmark that has served thousands of families throughout the funeral home's 74-year history.
The Boucher family has been serving the Greater Gardner area for more than 35 years, but is the third family to operate a funeral home in this location.
In 1943 Robert Bourgeois founded the Bourgeois Funeral Home, converting the aging apartment building and horse stable into a funeral home. Following his retirement in 1955, the business and property was sold to Mr. George G. Dufault. The Dufault Funeral Home served primarily the French Catholic population of Gardner for approximately 30 years.
In 1982 Mr. Dufault sold the business and property to Normand L. Boucher and it became the Dufault-Boucher Funeral Home, Inc. The funeral home now serves families of various ethnic and religious customs.
In 2000 the funeral home became Boucher Funeral Home, Inc. and it continues to serve its families with the care and professionalism that each family deserves. Our motto remains "Treating Every Family as Our Own."
Licensed funeral directors are Normand L. Boucher and his son, Andrew N. Boucher - who has been active in the business since 1991. In addition to Normand and Andrew the staff also includes Normand's wife, Priscilla T. Boucher and several other family members. It truly is a family business.
The firm is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and in 2000 was the recipient of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.