Legacy Crafted in Stone

The H&S Memorial Studio Story

Here at H&S Memorial Studio, we have been honoring memories and crafting legacies since 1929. Nestled in the heart of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, our studio has stood as a testament to enduring craftsmanship and heartfelt tribute for nearly a century. As a family-run business now in its fifth generation, we carry forward a legacy steeped in tradition, compassion, and the finest artistry.

Our journey began as a modest family endeavor, driven by a deep respect for commemorating life’s journeys. Over the decades, we have evolved, embracing both the time-honored techniques passed down through generations and the innovative approaches brought by modern technology. This unique blend allows us to create memorials that are not merely markers, but personalized stories carved in stone.

We understand that each life is unique and every memory precious. Our approach to memorial design is deeply rooted in this understanding. We collaborate closely with families, attentively listening to their stories and translating them into lasting monuments. Whether it’s a simple headstone or an elaborate mausoleum, each creation is a work of art, carefully crafted to reflect the individuality of the person it commemorates.

Our History

1929 Henry George Hardwick


In 1929, Henry George Hardwick laid the cornerstone of H&S Memorial Studio, crafting small markers in our garage and setting the stage for a legacy of memorial craftsmanship in Hamilton, Ontario. As a skilled stone mason, Henry established our first shop on Ottawa Street, where he began producing high-quality memorials, rooted in a commitment to craftsmanship and compassion.

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1940s - 1950s

Following a devastating fire at the factory, Henry relocated to King Street West, where our retail Memorial Studio still stands today, owned by a member of the Hardwick family. This relocation marked the beginning of our dual role as both a wholesale and retail supplier of granite to monument dealers across Ontario.

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Under Don Hardwick's leadership, the wholesale granite division was separated and relocated to Dundas, Ontario, operating under the name HGH Granite Inc. This strategic move allowed H&S Memorial Studio to focus on innovation and customer service, leading to an evolution to meet the changing needs of our clientele. Expanding our offerings to include a wider range of memorial products and services, our studio firmly established itself as a leader in the industry.

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Today, H&S Memorial Studios stands as a beacon of memorial craftsmanship, known for our dedication to personalized service and quality products. Owned by the fourth generation, Greg Hardwick and his wife Lorraine, we continue to expand our offerings, adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of families seeking meaningful ways to honor their loved ones, with the fifth generation overseeing operations on the wholesale side of the business.

What We Do

Our Services

At H&S Memorial Studio, we offer a compassionate touch to remember your loved ones. Our services range from creating bespoke monuments and headstones to personalized inscriptions and intricate laser etching. We also specialize in monument restoration, ensuring each tribute stands as a dignified remembrance for years to come.

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With meticulous attention to detail, we delicately add lettering, including final dates, to existing monuments. Our primary focus is on seamlessly integrating each inscription, ensuring it harmonizes flawlessly with the font and style of the original engraving.

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Custom Laser Etching

Our custom laser etching service blends artistry and precision. Using state-of-the-art technology, we intricately etch cherished images and designs onto memorials, creating a unique and everlasting tribute that perfectly embodies the spirit of your loved one.

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Monument Restoration

Our commitment to monument restoration is rooted in preserving both historical significance and personal legacies. Through meticulous care and skilled techniques, we rejuvenate weathered or damaged memorials, restoring their original splendor.

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What we do

Our Products

Our products are crafted with a profound understanding of memory and legacy. From classic monuments to personalized memorials, each piece is designed with the utmost care. Our offerings include elegant cemetery markers and heartfelt pet markers, all created to honor and commemorate uniquely.

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Standard Monuments

Our standard monuments are distinguished by their timeless designs and superior craftsmanship. Each piece, while standard in model, is imbued with the same attention to detail and quality, offering a dignified and elegant remembrance for your loved ones.

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Custom Memorials

Our custom memorials are the heart of personalization, allowing families to capture the essence of their loved ones through unique designs and bespoke artistry, making each memorial as unique as the life it commemorates.

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Ethnic Memorials

Our ethnic memorials are a tribute to cultural heritage, carefully crafted to reflect the customs, symbols, and traditions of diverse communities, ensuring a respectful and meaningful homage to different cultural backgrounds.

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Johnston Cemetery Marker

Cemetery Markers

Our cemetery markers combine durability with thoughtful design, offering a range of styles that provide a dignified way to mark the final resting places, tailored to reflect each individual’s story and legacy.

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Pet Markers

Our pet markers are crafted with the same love and respect as all our memorials. These special tributes honor the irreplaceable bond between pets and their families, preserving cherished memories of our beloved animal companions.

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I am pleased to extend our thanks and appreciation for your care and craftsmanship in the development of an elegant headstone monument that pays tribute to the well-lived lives of our parents. Their headstone is a proud but simple piece that will continue to provide a dignified landmark that commemorates their lives for all of us.

On behalf of myself and my mother’s family, I Just wanted to thank you for the work and effort you put into ensuring that her gravestone was in place for her memorial service. My mom’s eldest brother said it best: “It would not have been the same without the monument in place.” He also asked me to personally thank you and as well to comment on how beautiful it looked and what a fine job your company did.

My niece and I are very pleased with the work you performed. I know it was difficult to find a suitable stone but the one used was almost a perfect match to my parent’s existing stone and looks very nice. Thank you for all your help!

Thank you so much for helping me through one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. Your patience, professionalism and attention to detail were so appreciated.
It looks beautiful and the extra work you did on the base made a world of difference.

I am really pleased with our memorial monument. It looks lovely. It means so much to have a good-looking quality memorial in place in the cemetery to honour a wonderful husband and father. Your engraver or engravers did a fabulous job as well.
I would certainly recommend Hardwick and Son to anyone looking to purchase a memorial monument.

I want to thank you and your amazing team! My mom’s marker was done so beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful. Thank you, for going out of your way for us and getting it there just in time! You have most definitely surpassed our expectations. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

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