Superior Memorials

Superior Memorials


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"Hello Carl, The final piece looks great. You and your staff did amazing job. We love the monument you produced for my Mom and the family. I have been recommending Superior Memorials to all my friends.

Thank you so much for your patience and to Rob for all his incredible talents. Best regards,"

- Hanna


"The staff were patient, empathetic, and so kind. Understanding how this monument was so important to us and the memory of our lost one"

"Thank you all again so much for your hard work and great detail put towards Christians stone. God bless"

- Manny Teixeira


"Carl and the staff made this very difficult time for us somehow calming. Your craftsmanship and service to your customers is "top-notch". We will be referring you to everyone we speak to."

"We were told you were Superior." Thank you for your kindness and understanding"

- Sincerely, Leanne and Paul Hergot


"I just want to once again thank you for all that you have done to make a difficult time turn into a meaningful experience. We had the unveiling on Sunday. We had 23 people attending - read some poetry and shared some prayers. Then we unveiled the stone - it became a story as I explained the symbols embedded in that work of art. Everybody was amazed at its beauty. It really did unfold as I had hoped and that is what made a difficult emotional time turn into something so meaningful and healing. Please share these thoughts with your wonderful team - you have all been such a gift to us."

- Thank you, Dena


"Superior supplied my mom and dads grave marker and we were very pleased with it. I don't think there is anything you could have done better. Carl Dawson was so pleasant to work with. He is professional, precise and so helpful. He and his carver made many changes to the draft and always made me feel like it was absolutely no problem plus they both offered good suggestions. We have ended up with a very beautiful, unique grave marker. Thank you"

- Sincerely, Elyse Novak


"Carl, the men did a truly amazing piece of art that will be looked upon for years to come. I had the whole family out and they were in awe of how the stone came out, the skill level shown and attention to detail throughout. Carol's mom and dad also haved seen it and said it is the most beautiful stone they have ever seen. I hope you can all realize how really meaningful something like this is and how it will ease the burden life has dealt us to some point. Please thank the gentlemen, my wife Carol would be so honoured to have a tribute like this, from Carol, myself and our boys, we appreciate their talents and your guidance through this difficult time."

- Bob Whitehead

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About Superior Memorials
Experts in design since 1924.

Superior Memorial's Policy:
To provide quality workmanship and personalized design, regardless of how elaborate or simple the tribute. Our job is to make memories last.

Some Key Points:
- Ontario's largest indoor showroom
- Fourth generation, since 1924
- In-house-design-studio
- Certified Memorialist (CM) on staff
- Ability to do unique shapes, designs and carving
- Custom design - surface treatments and shapes
- KW-Guelph's only complete full-service operation; design memorial, cut, carve, polish, sand blast, deliver and install completed memorials

- Monument restoration and cleaning

Association Affiliations and Memberships.
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business

- North American Institute of Commemorative Art
We are one of sixty firms in North America invited to be a member of the American Institute of Commemorative Art (AICA). There are only five in Canada and we are the only one in Waterloo Region.

- MBNA - Monument Builders of North America
Of approximately 4,000 monument retailers, less than 800 qualify to carry the Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) emblem, Superior Memorials is one of them.

- Certified Memorialist
Our owner is a "Certified Memorialist" (CM). A title earned by less than 130 individuals in North America.

- OMBA - Ontario Monument Builders Association
We are a Charter Member of the Ontario Monument Builders Association.

North American Institute of Commemorative Art
Memorial Builders of North America
Certified Memorialist
Ontario Monument Builders Association

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Company History

In the early 1920’s, Mr. Carl Heumann came to Canada from Germany and worked for Caspar Braun, a Kitchener stone mason and building contractor. Mr. Heumann was experienced in the manufacture of architectural artificial stone used on buildings. In 1924 he, with capital provided by William Mitchell and M.B. Shantz, formed the company known as Superior Stone Company at 528 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, Ontario.

In 1928, Elven Shantz, brother of MB Shantz, and Alson Weber, a nephew of the Shantz’s, joined the company as employees. In 1931 Mr. Heumann left the company to start a similar operation, located in Kingston, Ont. Elven Shantz became the manager of Superior Stone Co. and Alson Weber was the company’s draftsman.

In 1937, Mr. Mitchell sold the company to four employees: Elven Shantz, Alson Weber, Frank Tremain and Ernie Tremain. Frank Tremain was a skilled granite cutter, so the company soon began to produce granite cemetery memorials as a sideline to the building stone business. Braun Monuments and Twin City Monument Co., local competitors, were purchased by Superior Stone Ltd. in 1941 and 1953. In 1946 Alson Weber’s father, Irvin, joined the company as an employee.

In 1952, the company started to manufacture concrete burial vaults. The vaults are supplied through local funeral directors. This part of the business has grown significantly since 1952.

On the retirement of the Tremains and Elven Shantz, Alson Weber became sole owner of the company in 1962. On his retirement in 1974, the company was purchased by his son, John Weber and an employee, Alex Whorwood.

At that stage, due to changing circumstances relating to production of precast concrete architectural units, the decision was made to discontinue the building stone business in favour of expanding the memorial business.

Decorative precast stone produced by Superior Stone Ltd., can be seen on hundreds of buildings in both southern and northern Ontario. Local examples would be: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, King & Queen Streets, Forest Heights Collegiate, Eastwood Collegiate, Sheppard School, Elizabeth Ziegler School, St. John’s and St. Anne’s RC Churches, Holy Cross Church, K-W Hospital, Kitchener Public Library and many other buildings.

In 1974 & 1976 Superior Memorials expanded by purchasing Farnworth Superior Memorials in Guelph and Dumfries Superior Memorials in Cambridge.

In 1989 Donna & John Weber became the sole owners of Superior Memorials. In 1995 their son, John-Michael Weber, 4th generation joined the company.

In 2002 John-Michael purchased shares from Donna & John Weber and became president of the company. Also in 2002 Superior Memorials expanded into the Harriston area by purchasing Harriston Superior Monuments.

Superior Memorials has won many international memorial design awards. We are members of the American Institute of Commemorative Art, one of only five memorial companies in Canada to qualify. We are also members of the Ontario Monument Builders Association and the Monument Builders of North America.

The upright memorials and lawn level markers designed and produced at Superior are made of granite shipped from Quebec, Newfoundland, South Africa, Vermont, India, Minnesota, Europe and Northern Ontario. At one time all granite carving was done by hand with hammer and chisels. Today, the lettering is done with automatic sandblast equipment and computers. The intricate design work is done with hand-operated sandblasters and pneumatic chisels. Photographic design on memorials is also done by Superior staff. All design work and lettering is done at the Victoria Street North design studio and manufacturing shop in Kitchener.