Where can you go when you want to have a memorial made for your dog or cat that just passed away? Are there local alternatives to simple cremation and having your pet’s ashes sitting in a plain brown box? The answer is yes, there is a local business that can help you with all your pet memorial needs.
George E. Hoare Memorial Co., Inc., whose main headquarters is located at 624 Franklin St in Elmira, has many different options available to the public who want to memorialize their pet with a permanent marker or a beautifully crafted urn. With state of the art equipment you can have your pet’s photograph etched on black granite with an inscription that will let you forever remember that special pet that was once a part of your life.
has been in business for over 115 years, serving the New York and Pennsylvania State areas. Originally started by George E. Hoare in 1889, he operated the business until his retirement in 1925. His two sons John and Arthur took over the business and upgraded all the engraving equipment to streamline the engraving process and enable a more personalized memorial. The sons operated the business together until 1966 at which time John suddenly passed away and Robert L. Herzig came in from the Syracuse to purchase the business in 1967. Arthur continued working with Robert until he retired. Robert’s son David joined the business in 1978 after attending Stone Art School in Barre, Vermont and graduating from Syracuse University. The father and son team has been operating the business together since that time.
On the 100th anniversary of the business in 1989 the family decided to expand the current location and bring in ultra-modern computerized equipment. The new warehouse is complete with sandblast rooms, air compressors and can house up to 1,800 pieces of granite at any given moment.
One of the urns available to the public for your pet's remains at Hoare Memorial.
The options available to pet owners are extensive. You can get anything from a simple granite or clay brick with just a name and dates engraved for $50 to traditional head stone markers that start at $300 and can measure 1’x14”x2” and be placed on a solid base. They also have urns of two sizes available which can be personalized on all sides with quotes, pictures for an additional fee. The urns are black granite and start at $250. You can also get a simple gray granite block that measures 12”x8”x2” with a generic icon, name and dates for only $100. The specialized portraits are extra as is the black granite.
Sharon Herzig, the current owner’s daughter-in-law is friendly and compassionate. She is also a pet lover who understands what it is like when you lose a beloved pet and can help you decide what memorial will best suit your needs and budget. She also has information concerning burial
and cremation options. While talking to her about the different types of memorials available, she makes you feel completely at ease and willing to take time to make sure you are getting exactly what you need to make this time a little easier for the entire family.
So when you are wondering what you can do to help memorialize your pet but don’t want just a cheap imitation stone, call Hoare Memorial at 1-888-74HOARE or (607) 732-9273. You can also email them from their website
. Or you can visit them at any of their three convenient locations:
624 Franklin Street
106 N. Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY
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