Charlotte Memorial Joins Foundation Partners Group

Orlando, FL – May 7, 2019 – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery, and Crematory in Punta Gorda, FL. The acquisition expands Foundation Partners’ presence in Florida to 25 locations.

“The acquisition of Charlotte Memorial is an excellent strategic fit for our Florida growth plans given its reputation, excellent operating history, and location,” stated Bob Bukala, Foundation Partners Group President and CEO. “Rick Tuss and Michael Fuller have created an outstanding culture of caring with a strong emphasis on community involvement, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to join the Foundation Partners family."

Founded in 1959, Charlotte Memorial was acquired by Tuss and Fuller in 2012 and they immediately invested in the business to fully repair the damage left over from Hurricane Charley in 2004.  In addition to adding a crematory, the remodel modernized the public spaces to create the look and the feel of a boutique hotel.  Upon completion, Charlotte Memorial became the only funeral home, cemetery, and crematory combo in Charlotte County.

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting time for Charlotte Memorial, and we are delighted to be working with Foundation Partners to reach our next phase of growth,” said Rick Tuss, owner of Charlotte Memorial. “Starting with the first interaction with Foundation Partners, we have been very comfortable with what we were hearing and with the people with whom we have been in contact.  In fact, we were so comfortable we did not entertain any other discussions. The whole process has been very smooth, and we look forward to incorporating their innovative approaches into our operation.”

"Foundation Partners Group is focused on partnering with leading independent operators in the funeral profession," stated Mike Bischoff, Vice President of Business Development at Foundation


Partners Group. "We share with Charlotte Memorial the same mission to serve as a caring partner to our families and a dedication to excellence in serving our communities with the highest integrity."

About Foundation Partners Group:  Foundation Partners Group is a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products.  As one of the largest privately-owned funeral and cemetery operators, Foundation Partners owns and operates funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries in 17 states and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S.  With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Foundation Partners is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession through their their innovative ShareLife® customer experience-centered approach and harnessing the power of relationship and partnership.  For more information, visit the Foundation Partners Group website at

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