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By 1995 Brenan's Funeral Home had been serving the community for nearly 70 years from its iconic, columned building at 111 Paradise Row. Over the years that property had seen expansions and numerous renovation projects, but it was quickly approaching the maximum number of services it could comfortably accommodate on an annual basis. The time was right for another Brenan’s.
The firm’s owners and managers began to look at the needs of the region and its growing neighborhoods, and determined that West Saint John and the suburban communities beyond it would be well served by a new west side funeral home. Seeking a suitable location for a new property, Brenan's staff discovered that the long-time site of a well-known music store near the intersection of Manawagonish Road and Fairville Boulevard was available. Easily accessible from the city and suburbs, just moments from the Saint John Throughway, and offering plenty of parking space, the site proved ideal and construction was soon underway. Brenan's Bay View Funeral Home opened in the fall of 1995 with an open house which proved particularly popular with neighbours who, having watched the facility being constructed through the spring and summer, were eager for a look inside.
With the help of a professional interior decorator, the modern facility offered amenities often hard to build into the type of older structures that frequently house funeral homes, but retained the dignity and style that suited its purpose.
Opening day at Brenan's Bay View in 1995.
Bay View was a full service funeral home offering spacious parlours, an in-house chapel, comfortable public spaces and offices, and it was warmly received by the community. Much more convenient for west-siders and those from the suburban communities, the new location began to take its place in the neighbourhood and new features were added to accommodate the expanding market it was serving. Within its first decade the funeral home became fully wheelchair accessible with the installation of a full-size passenger elevator, constructed an entirely new, 200-seat Chapel, as an addition to the original structure, and expanded and enhanced reception facilities complemented by a service kitchen.
Today Brenan’s Bay View has established its own distinct identity, having served hundreds of Saint John and area families who now consider it their local community funeral home.