Local Funeral Home Reinvents Itself

August  01, 2014

      A 140-year-old funeral company in the Quad Cities has reinvented itself. Yesterday, Trimble Pointe held a ribbon cutting for its new funeral home and crematory, plus a multipurpose center in downtown Moline.

       Eight years ago, the Illinois Department of Transportation told the family-owned business it had to leave its 90-year-old building in Moline to make way for the new I-74 bridge.

       President Eric Trimble says the company bought the former site of the Irving School four years ago and began construction last year on the two-story building.

      "Because our property is on a hill, there is an absolutely gorgeous view of downtown moline. that's why we're calling the reception center CityView. We want to take advantage of that by offering the community and exciting and upscale venue for any of life's events."

      The upper level will be used for funerals, memorials, and other events with space for up to 250 people, while the lower level has a cafe and a reception area with a full bar.  Trimble hopes people will rent the space for weddings, birthdays, and family reunions.

      "It's really given us the opportunity to create something much more efficient, and clearly we can do things in the new building we couldn't do in the 90-year-old building. At the same time, paid for is better than not paid for. But that's offset by the fact that we can really offer the community a landmark building that we hope can become a center of the community's life."

      TrimblePoint will host open houses and tours tomorrow and Sunday.