"I was very fortunate to meet and work with Mr. Carl Dawson. His advice, guidance and compassion was truly appreciated during this sensitive process. I extend my sincere gratitude to Carl."
- Thank you again, Paula Matsui
"Good morning Carl, I know Donna has been in contact with you regarding what a wonderful job your Team has done in restoring the stone of our parents grave. I too am moved greatly to see the end result. Thank you very much for handling this in such a professional manner.
- Janice McIntosh
"Carl, May I add my own thank you to you and your company for assisting us with this most important task. While it is very difficult to look at the stone, as I am in disbelief both our parents are gone, I am indeed comforted by the memory created and beautified, with the marker, in their honor."
- Thank you, Diane Ewer
"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,"
"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"
- 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. http://www.monuments-aica.com
- 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
- OMBA - Ontario Monument Builders Association
We are a Charter Member of the Ontario Monument Builders
American Institute of Commemorative Art
Builders of North America
Monument Builders Association
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In the early
1920s, 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 Shantzs, 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 companys 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 Webers 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,
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
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.
Johns and St. Annes 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
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.
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.
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