Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Funeral service in the town of Petrolia - Central Lambton area of Ontario dates back to the 1920's when funeral service was provided by the late D.M. Steadman and the late A. O. Richmond. In approximately 1950, William Jay purchased the D.M. Steadman Funeral Home and operated it along with an ambulance service until his retirement in 1977. At that time, the ambulance service and funeral home were separated and the funeral home was sold to Arthur Needham.
The former A.O. Richmond Funeral Home was sold to Derwood Bradley in 1954 and operated until his death in 1978. Following the untimely death of Arthur Needham in the fall of 1979, the funeral home was operated and subsequently purchased in 1981 by its current owners, Roger and Patricia Mailloux. In 1992, the Mailloux's purchased the former McKay & White Funeral Home in the village of Wyoming. That facility is operated under the name of "Wyoming Chapel" and is wholly owned by Needham-Jay Funeral Home Inc.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible. Together, we make this place amazing.
From the time he was 5-years old, Steven has been involved at the funeral home. Steven, a 1997 graduate of the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College, lives in Petrolia with his wife Laurel and daughters Aliya, Halle, and Morgan. Steven currently serves our client families with many of their "at-need" and "pre-need" concerns. Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and is an active volunteer football coach with L.C.C.V.I. Jr. and Sr. Lancers.
Born in Sarnia, Laura attended McGill University in Montreal for music; majoring in performance flute. She later returned to Sarnia where she worked at an independent bookstore, had private flute and piano students and taught Music for Young Children. A few years after her father died, she decided to follow the path to Humber College where she obtained her Funeral Service Education Diploma and became a Funeral Director in 2014. “I feel that it’s an honour and a privilege to help people navigate one of the most difficult times in their lives - the death of someone they love. I will do everything I can to make a funeral personal, meaningful, and organized.” As an adoring mother of a rambunctious toddler, Laura still enjoys a small variety of musical pursuits, home improvement and design, and time spent in her family pottery studio.
Born in Weston, and after attended high school in Midland, Randy started his service industry career in the stock room of a K-mart. After moving throughout Southern Ontario, Randy settled in the area with his wife Candy, and has become a long time resident of Lambton County. With two grown children, four grandchildren, and lots of family and friends in the area, Randy still finds time for the maintenance concerns of the Funeral Home in Petrolia and Wyoming. You will also find Randy at many of the visitations and Funeral services, ready to assist you in any way possible. After years of coaching Boys and Girls baseball teams Randy now spends his spare time relaxing at home, travelling arenas throughout Southwestern Ontario and supporting and spoiling his grandkids.
After spending 17 years as a personal banking representative for both PC Financial and CIBC, Mel decided she was ready for a change. Joining the Needham-Jay family in November of 2016, Mel has become a vital asset to our team, providing support wherever, and whenever she is needed. Mel travels the world visiting her family when she isn’t in her Inwood studio, cultivating herbs, mixing essential oils, and painting the world around her. She and her husband are adored by two furry children, Duncan MacTavish and Marie Antoinette, their two actual children, Christopher and David, and their beautiful families.
Born and raised in Essex County, Roger is a 1972 graduate of the Funeral Education Program at Humber College in Toronto. Both active in his profession and his community. Roger currently serves on the finance committee of his church, is vice-chairman of the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation an organization for which he was founding chairman, and Treasurer and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Petrolia. He is also a Past-President of the Western Ontario Funeral Service Association, Past-President of the Ontario Funeral Service Association in 2003-2004, Past President of the Sarnia-Lambton Chapter of Canadian Liver Foundation, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Petrolia, and was an active sponsor and supporter of minor sports in Petrolia for many years. During his off-time, Roger enjoys the family cottage, a Junior Hockey game, traveling to Major League Baseball parks across North America, and watching his several grandchildren grow up.