Who We Are
Hope Memorial Chapel is an independently owned and locally operated funeral home serving all religions and
ethnicities. For over 100 years, we have provided Biddeford, Saco, and the surrounding communities with a variety of Traditional Burial and Cremation offerings. Our staff draws upon their many decades of experience in the funeral industry to ensure everyone who walks through our doors receive the utmost compassionate and professional service. We realize each family differs in how they wish to remember a loved one. As such, we are happy to customize our options and accommodate special requests so that each funeral perfectly encapsulates and celebrates the unique life of a cherished family member.
Though our history extends back a century, we are not afraid to adapt to the ever changing requirements of the
people we serve. Our current location at 480 Elm Street incorporates a state-of-the-art audio and visual system and has the capacity to host up to 300 visitors at once. It was designed as a funeral home rather than converted from an existing house or dwelling. This allows for ease of access for our guests while furnishing the most modern equipment for our staff. Our specialized vehicles, ranging from hearses to limos, are refreshed every few years to best represent our funeral home and our families. All the while, we continually refine our service offerings to new tastes and attitudes.
We are proud to combine the advancement of twenty-first century funeral service with time honored values and
commitment. Come and explore how we can make planning of your loved one's memorial comforting and easier.
Our funeral home occupies nearly 15,000 square feet on a four acre lot. For the convenience of our guests, we
have an on-site parking lot with 145 spaces.
Chapels: We have three separate chapels that can each host their own funerals or be used in conjunction for a larger service. Altogether, we can accommodate up to 300 simultaneous guests comfortably within our building.
Each chapel has a multimedia sound system, projection monitors for slideshows or presentations, and the ability
to live stream services from other chapels.
Meeting Rooms: Our two arrangement conference rooms can each sit six family members comfortably. In
addition, next to the front entrance is a sitting room for small, intimate gatherings like those with clergy or speakers. Finally, sofas and chairs are laid out throughout the funeral home for one on one meetings or to simply relax.
Specialty Rooms: The kids room has enough toys and entertainment to keep the little ones occupied and happy
during services. For adults, we offer a spacious refreshment lounge with seating for 24. Small receptions can also be hosted there.
Hope Memorial Chapel was founded in 1993 through the merger of R.G. Bolduc & Sons, Emond & Conroy, and
Cosgrove Funeral Homes. Our founders, John Conroy Jr. and Marc R. Bolduc were able to not only combine the businesses, but also the facilities as well. They bought an old bowling alley, tore out the interiors entirely, and rebuilt it from the ground up to serve as our new chapel. By integrating the staff, vehicles, and equipment into one bigger location, we could host more visitors and provide more effective service to our families than each of the three original funeral homes could before the merger.
Through our predecessors, we can trace our lineage back over 120 years to the 1890’s when Cosgrove Funeral
Home opened as Cosgrove Livery and Stable Service, becoming the first professional end of life services provider in Biddeford. The chart below details key events since then at each of the pre-merged funeral homes until the day Hope Memorial Chapel was founded. Our goal is provide you some insight into our story, one which continues to
this day. The people and places may have changed over the last century, but our long legacy of care and community remains.
Before we had funeral homes as we see today, funeral service began with furniture makers, livery and stable services, and small parlors in family homes and apartments. But, as mills, shoe shops, and tanneries built their factories, the local community's population grew, and their need for more efficient and centralized funeral service followed suit.