Clark & Battoo Ltd
In 1880 John Haynes Clark, a coloured businessman diversified his business into a funeral business, where the firm became known for its discretion, tact and general classiness. He also rented horse drawn hearses, which were a fixture of funerals in Lapeyrouse Cemetery, with the coffin exposed to view in a glass case draped with Black Crepe. Clark was also the first to import a motorized Hearse in 1915.
On the ground floor in the front of the office is where the mundane business of death transacted, off to one side was a showroom of marble tombstones, iron grave palings and coffins ranging from simple pinewood to elaborate copper.
Clark merged with rival firm Battoo Bros, in the 1950’s, which still operates to present.
This photo shows the livery stables, taxi Services and funeral home of J. Haynes Clark on #11 Tragarete Rd. P.O.S. – 1902
Battoo’s funeral home was established in the mid 1940’s by Ethelbert ‘Meg’ Battoo and Edward ‘Del’ Battoo at the north eastern corner of Edward Street and Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain. Across on the south-western corner of the same location was situated J.Haynes Clark Funeral Home, Which began operations in the 1880’s. Battoo merged with Haynes Clarke in the early 1950’s thus forming Clark & Battoo Limited which became formally incorporated in Port-of-Spain on May 12, 1953.
‘Battoo Brothers’ already had its transport haulage, taxi & limousine services with the agency for the luxurious Mercedes Benz vehicles before buying out J. Haynes Clark. One condition of the sale was that they maintain the name ‘Clark’. ‘Meg’ Battoo sent his nephews and great nephews abroad to train as funeral directors and embalmers.
Ethelbert ‘Meg’ Battoo: Founder of Clark and Battoo Ltd
‘Meg’ Battoo sent his nephews and great nephews abroad to train as funeral directors and embalmers.
Harry Jodhan and Albert ‘Kenneth’ Jodhan graduated from Eccles School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. Edward P Battoo attended the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science obtaining his diploma in 1975. At present, fifth-generation family members are employed in the family business.
Mr. Shaun Jodhan: Managing Director
Our present Managing Director Shaun Jodhan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Mercy College, New York in 1980. After working for about a year in the company, he obtained an associate degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Home Management from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science.
Mr. Luigi Jodhan: Manager Chaguanas / San Fernando
Luigi Jodhan, our branch manager, graduated from the Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science, Atlanta in 1996 with his diploma in Mortuary Science and Funeral Home Management. He also achieved his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (Honours Programme) from the University of Sunderland in 2007.
Jamie Johnson: Certified Embalmer
Ms Jamie Johnson is a Qualified Funeral Director/Embalmer who graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pennsylvania in 2011 with her diploma in embalming and funeral directing. She also achieved the William J. Musmanno Memorial award of merit in recognition of outstanding performance in the clinical setting.
Simon Clarke: Certified Embalmer
Mr Simon Clarke is a qualified Funeral Director/Embalmer who graduated from the Gupton Jones college of Funeral Service, Atlanta GA with his Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Directing in 1996.