In 1915, Fred L. Cournoyer opened our family's funeral home and began serving the Monadnock Region and beyond with the best personal and professional service he was able to provide. Today, we continue in the tradition he began, providing you with friendly, sincere and gentle care. As a family, we have grown up with the knowledge and understanding of all that is needed to help you and your loved ones in your greatest time of need. With our commitment to remain an independent, family owned and operated funeral home, you can be assured that we will continue to serve you for generations to come.
Being the Monadnock Region's oldest family owned funeral home, we have not been tempted to stay idle, or to merely keep up with the times. Instead, we continue to be leaders and stay ahead of what eventually becomes the current trend in funeral services. For example, in 1959 we were among the first in the area to assist families with cremation services; our assistance with pet loss began in 1984, and personalizing and individualizing funerals has always been available here.
Our commitment to you is to ensure that every decision you make is knowledgeable and comfortable for all. With nearly 100 years of experience in providing assistance, we are able to offer simple suggestions to make every service more meaningful. Additionally, we will continue to provide all families with a comfortable, safe, and homelike atmosphere, with the best personal and professional care that only a family owned funeral home can provide.
Sincerely, Mark & Randy Cournoyer
Fred L. Cournoyer
1879 ~ 1954
The Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center was founded in 1915 by Fred L. Cournoyer, and has been serving families from the same location since 1917. Mr. Cournoyer was a former selectman of Jaffrey; he was also owner-operator of the F.L. Cournoyer grocery store on Main Street in Jaffrey. Mr. Cournoyer was a civic-minded individual and, upon the encouragement of family and friends, decided to enter the funeral profession. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Embalming, he established the business and pioneered a legacy of excellent service under its original name, F.L. Cournoyer & Sons.
Randyl P. Cournoyer
1915 ~ 2001
Fred’s son, Randyl P. Cournoyer, graduated from Boston College in 1936 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science. Soon after, he joined his father in the operation of the family business. Randyl then passed the State of New Hampshire’s Funeral Director and Embalmer exams and became a licensed funeral director in 1938. After his father's death in 1954, Randyl closed the grocery store in 1958 and continued to operate the funeral home as well as an insurance agency, which he had purchased from Louis Cournoyer in 1939. Randyl was very active in the Jaffrey community, having served for many years as the trustee of the trust funds for the Town of Jaffrey, as well as having served on the Jaffrey Gilmore Foundation and with the Jaffrey Grange. In 1997, The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce selected Randyl as the Director’s Award recipient of 1997. He continued to be actively involved with the business until his death on January 1, 2001.
Randyl P. Cournoyer, Jr.
Randyl’s son, Randy, joined the family business after his graduation from both St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and the New England Institute of Anatomy and Science in Boston, Massachusetts. He became a licensed funeral director in 1966. The business continued on more or less unchanged in the family home on River Street until 1980, when the legal owner of the business, Mrs. Kathleen Cournoyer (Randyl, Sr.'s mother) died. Following her death, Randy, also a licensed insurance agent in his father's agency, decided to make the funeral business his full-time occupation. Randy began reconstructing the family home into the current facility, now known as the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Randy has also been very active in the Jaffrey community. He has been involved with St. Patrick Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Jaffrey- Rindge Lions Club, Jaffrey’s Boy Scout Troop 33, the Jaffrey Gilmore Foundation, the Jaffrey Conservation Commission, Monadnock Compassionate Friends, and the Alice Poole Fund. Randy was chosen as the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1994.
Most recently, and after having served the Monadnock Region in Funeral Service for over 50 years, Randy has been able to enjoy a little more time off travelling around the country with his wife Patricia. He still enjoys assisting at the funeral home, but he has stepped back from his primary role.
Mark R. Cournoyer
CFSP ~ CPC
Randy's son, Mark, joined the family business and became fully licensed in 1994 after graduating summa cum laude from the New England Institute of Funeral Service Education at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. Mark is one of only seven Funeral Directors in New Hampshire to achieve the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. 'CFSP' is the most prestigious of Funeral Service's national individual recognitions. This achievement is especially notable because Mark has voluntarily participated in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in New Hampshire requires. He has also been awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant designation by the National Funeral Directors Association, which is considered the standard of excellence in Funeral Service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
Mark is a Past President of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association after serving for over 12 years on the Executive Board and holding several of the offices through the years. He expanded his commitment to funeral service to the national level and served as the National Funeral Director Association's Legislative Policy Board Representative for the State of New Hampshire until 2015. In this role, Mark continuously endeavored to improve survivor benefits in both the Social Security and Veterans Administration programs.
Mark had previously enjoyed an active life in public safety. He had served on the Jaffrey-Rindge VFW Memorial Ambulance Service as an EMT-Intermediate for over 8 years and had also worked in law enforcement for over 10 years on the Jaffrey and Fitzwilliam Police Departments. He had been a member of the Jaffrey Juvenile Diversion Committee and was a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer for the local Fire, Rescue, EMS and Police agencies. A founding member of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Mark actively served for over 15 years as a member of the Region 1 DMORT Team (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) which assists at mass fatality incidents around the world. Through his volunteer work, Mark traveled around the globe assisting in the recovery and identification of victims from incidents such as the EgyptAir Flight 990 Crash, the Rhode Island Nightclub Fire and Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, MS.
Mark attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1986 with Jaffrey's Boy Scout Troop 33. He had served on the Troop Committee for several years and later served as the Cubmaster and on the Pack Committee of Cub Scout Pack 33 in Jaffrey. Mark enjoyed the scouting program once again while his son advanced through the program and he was able to serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 33.