Tick-tock, tick-tock, part 1
When I was a young lad growing up in
On the front of the funeral home was a big black clock. For years the clock hung from the front porch of the funeral home until the new owner remodeled the building and enclosed the porch. In enclosing the porch, he made an alcove where the big black clock would sit for another 100 years. Everybody in town looked at that clock when they would pass the funeral home. People would set their watches by that big black clock. People would use it as a barometer as to whether they were running late or early. The clock was a landmark fixture in our town. That big black funeral home clock had a large face, large numerals and hands, and below in solid black letters it said BLUST BROS. (They were our trusted undertakers.)
The other day I received a phone call from a funeral director who asked me a terribly interesting question: “Todd, why do so many funeral homes have a clock on the front of their building or standing in their front lawn?” I was absolutely baffled, and because I do not like being baffled about anything concerning my beloved profession, I was now on the hunt. I had a mission, and I found out some interesting facts which I will share with you later, in part two.
As I pondered my own experiences, I realized just how many funeral homes I have seen over the years have had clocks on their properties. When I was working for Heafey & Heafey in
Even I had clocks on the two funeral homes I owned a lifetime ago in
I remember being in
One of the most impressive funeral home clocks I have ever seen is on the building of the Fox Funeral Home in