For over a century Ross Smith's family has been in the funeral business and during the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade's annual general meeting on March 11, Smith's Funeral Home was named Business of the Year.
It was Smith's great-grandfather that began the business in the 1800s and, with his children involved, it has been five generations that have kept the business in Parrsboro and made it one of the oldest continuous family-owned funeral businesses in Canada.
"Ross has been involved with the community as a town councilor, the Lions Club, economic development and up to 12 years ago has provided Parrsboro with an ambulance service," BOT chair Frank Hartman said.
In addition to receiving the plaque from the BOT, South Cumberland MLA Murray Scott presented Ross with certificates from the province and also the federal government, on behalf of local MP Bill Casey.
Included in the BOT presentations Kerwin Davison was made a life member of the BOT and six new businesses were awarded certificates.
The new businesses that were awarded certificates are: Advocate Country Store, Bare Bones CafÉ, Tyson's Fine Minerals, Parrsboro Community Radio, From Away Jewelry and Arnold Wood Construction.