It was in the early 1990’s that the first female was to take a major role in the business. Hugh’s daughters Charlene and Alison both joined their father in the business around that time. Amidst a degree of negative response to her status as a young female in this male dominated profession, Alison completed her Diploma in Funeral Directing in December 1994 at the age of 21. This made her the youngest female Funeral Director in the province.
The Wade family tradition of Funeral Directing continues to be as strong as ever today. The latest family members, Hugh’s grandson Christopher, a qualified embalmer, and granddaughter Lauren BSc. MBA, joined the business in 2009 and 2021 respectively, making them the seventh generation of the Wade family to become involved.
The firm of Hugh Wade & Son is among the oldest in the province, having served the local community for over 185 years.