The beginning was difficult for Buck and Teresa. Upon notification of someone
passing in Provost and area, Buck would make a 240 mile round trip to Camrose for the preparation of the deceased, all on gravel roads. All the while, Teresa was back home answering the telephone and working shift work as a nurse.
Buck began apprenticing as an embalmer in 1954. After obtaining his embalmer's license in 1956, Buck purchased the original funeral home building and property from Burgars.
The old building was showing its age, and in late 1957 the doors where opened to a brand new facility. In 1965, Buck saw a need to assist the families in nearby Macklin, Saskatchewan and opened a funeral home there. In 1978, the Macklin location was closed and in 1979 renovations and an addition were completed at the Provost site.
As the business grew so did Buck and Teresa's family. In the 1970's, Buck and Teresa's eldest son Randy expressed an interest in the funeral business. After completion of his high school, Randy made an appointment for a job interview with Mr. William Connelly of Connelly-McKinley Funeral Chapels in Edmonton. In the winter of 1976, Randy began his apprenticeship at Connelly-McKinley. Randy gained knowledge from some very distinguished funeral directors and embalmers while working for the Connelly's. In 1977, Randy moved home to assist his father in the family business. During the years 1977-1979, Randy worked side-by-side with his father, graduating as a licensed funeral director/embalmer in 1979.
In 2001, a major modernization and expansion of the funeral home took place, with the addition of an arrangement room, gathering area and business office.
On October 1, 2009, Gregory's Funeral Home was purchased by Jeremy & Bailey Allen, along with business partners Gil & Janine Altamirano, being the first 'new' owners since the beginning of Gregory's Funeral Homes. Both coming from rural communities in Alberta, it has been a very enjoyable transition calling Provost home. One of the things they have been able to accomplish personally since taking over the funeral home is starting a family. Jeremy and Bailey welcomed their first child, daughter Harper Joy Allen born November 27, 2010 and Dylan Stephanie Allen born August 24, 2012.
On May 13, 2011 Gregory's Funeral Home & it's surrounding communities mourned the loss of Mr. Frank Buckley Gregory. Buck was a true icon to his family & friends in the community and especially within the funeral profession. He will be greatly missed by all and forever remembered and respected for his contributions as a professional and as a friend.
The Allen's are proud to be a family operated Funeral Home and are dedicated to serving the people of Provost, Macklin and surrounding communities.