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With you... Grieving is a profoundly intimate experience. We can share our pain with others; however, depending on our beliefs, traditions and memories, the process always takes on a profoundly personal meaning. Our mission is to make things easier for you to pay a final tribute to your loved one in a respectful and dignified setting. Our experienced counselors and professionals such as notaries and a psychologist provide a one-of-a-kind accompaniment service. It is important for us to help you get through this difficult time.

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Our Story

A family home-grown business since 1931

1931 - Human solidarity

Our story begins with a true pioneer, Alfred Dallaire, at the beginning of the 1930s—a difficult period. An entrepreneur at heart, Alfred manages to open up his own barber shop after having made many sacrifices. However, as chance would have it, his destiny changes and he soon ends up as a funeral director.

This new chapter of his life begins with a gesture of mutual assistance and great human solidarity. In Montréal, a young and very poor Ukrainian dies accidentally, and no undertaker accepts to organize his viewing. Shocked by such an injustice, Alfred decides to convert his barber shop into a viewing room. It’s the beginning of a new adventure for Alfred and his wife Aline.


1952 - Full growth

The couple has advanced in age and business is thriving. They decide to transfer the management of the business to their daughter Thérèse Dallaire and son-in-law Paul-Émile Légaré. In the space of only a few years, this dynamic, visionary and entrepreneurial couple grows the business up to some thirty or so funeral homes, a cemetery as well as several mausoleums and columbaria.

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1967 - Emotions and obligations

The creed at the time is that “emotion often makes for a poor counselor” and the couple sees it firsthand in its business activities. When families are overcome by grief, emotions and obligations get intertwined and families sometimes make rash decisions. Paul-Émile Légaré and Thérèse Dallaire are the first in Québec to offer prearrangement services to prevent families from making the wrong decisions under emotional stress. This original concept launched by Paul-Émile, the father of Yves Légaré, will forever change the face of funeral services. Mr. Alfred Dallaire passes away in 1973.

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1979 - From the viewing room to the complex

Paul-Émile and Thérèse develop yet other forward-thinking idea and reinvent the concept of the “viewing room.” They decide to transform their viewing rooms into vast funeral complexes and the idea garners vast success with the public. Ever since, our funeral complexes house under one roof viewing rooms as well as reception halls, prayer rooms, a columbarium and several other services.

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2003 - A leader in Québec

Three generations later, Yves Légaré, the grandson of founder Alfred Dallaire, his spouse Diane Laberge and their son Eric manage a total of eight funeral complexes, two cemeteries and several mausoleums, Today, Complexes funéraires Yves Légaré not only is one of the rare funeral services businesses in the greater metropolitan area that remains the property of a Québec family, but also its success and initiative have made it a leader in its industry for more than 85 years now.

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