Lewis Deyman [ 1849 - 1929 ]

“Lewis Deyman [like his brother Humphrey] was born in Devonshire, England, and came to came to Canada in 1871. He settled first in Little Britain and then came to Fenelon Falls where he learned his business from his brother”, Humphrey. Lewis’s 1881 appearance in the local directories may indicate the date of their formal partnership. Located on the east side of Colborne Street, just south of Bond Street, Lewis gradually took over the business , and with Humphrey’s death in 1896, he became sole owner.

Undertaking was an important part of any furniture business at this time, and the coffins and furniture were all made in their workshop. The 1904 Souvenir exclaimed that “[t]he furniture stock is the most complete and embraces every line of drawing, sitting, dining room and bedroom, kitchen and office furniture. … Mr. Deyman makes a specialty of picture framing and carries a large stock of handsome mouldings. The undertaking department is equal to many city establishments.” “Mr. Cecil Deyman, who has been associated with his father in the business practically all his life, entered into partnership with him in 1912, going to Hamilton for a time where he took a course in embalming and also in furniture upholstery.” [FFPL 28.3A] The firm was known as Deyman and Son. The business was a fixture of the main street until 1956, when it was sold to Mendhem Platten. The building was torn down soon afterwards [FF Then & Now; 106].

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