Our History

The Aldous Funeral Home was establishes in 1930 by Edward C. Aldous. Mr. Aldous ran the Funeral Home out of his residence at 134 Church Street.

In 1952 Thomas C. Barnhart purchased the Funeral Home. By 1956 Mr. Barnhart saw the need for a full time emergency service in the Rutland area and established the Aldous Ambulance Service.

1920 – 2005

In 1960 Mr. Barnhart purchased the property at 44 North Main Street that had been vacant for several years to expand his growing businesses. Following a lengthy renovation the Funeral Home and Ambulance relocated to the main street location. The Aldous Ambulance Service operated 24/7 serving the greater Rutland area until October 1, 1982 when the service was conveyed to The Regional Ambulance Service.

In 1985 Mr. Barnhart purchase the former Congdon Funeral Home in Wallingford and renovated the building reopening a branch of the Aldous Funeral Home in Wallingford.

Joseph P Barnart  graduated from Rutland High School then followed his father’s footsteps in the funeral industry graduating from the McAllister Institute of Funeral Studies in 1974 He was employed by Aldous Ambulance and the Aldous Funeral Home, since selling the funeral home in 2011 he has worked part time

Christopher J. Book, was born in West Haven, VT and graduated from the Fair Haven Union High School in 1988.  He graduated from Simmons College of Mortuary Studies in Syracuse, NY in 1994 with a associates degree in Mortuary Science.  He became employed at the Aldous Funeral Home in August of 1992, He and his wife, purchased the funeral home on June 10, 2011 and on June 17, 2011 they purchased the Durfee Funeral Home in Fair Haven. In 2016 they build the Birch Grove Crematory.  They purchased the Barnard Funeral Home in June 2017.

Hopefully we are able to make a difficult time a little easier for any family who might find themselves in need of our services.