Service Corporation International, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and its brand, Dignity Memorial®, today announced the development of Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch to better serve the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Lakewood Ranch is an extension of existing Robert Toale & Sons facilities – Palms Memorial Park, Manasota Memorial Park and Wiegand Chapel. The land was purchased for the new Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch facility and is located near the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and 44th Ave. The new development will feature a state-of-the-art multipurpose event center. The facility will provide the latest technology, including live stream and interactive visitation, and life story vignettes to create meaningful, dignified and personal Celebration of Life events. Its flexible, open design will also serve as the ideal venue for a variety of events such as celebrations of life, ca tered receptions and community gatherings. “As the largest funeral, cremation and personalized service provider in Manatee and Sarasota counties, we look forward to building a new modern and contemporary funeral home facility to better serve the community,” said Vice President of Operations Jason Toale. While more than 50 percent of Floridians now prefer a celebration versus a traditional service, Dignity Memorial providers are leaders in delivering life stories in an unique and memorable way. Robert Toale & Sons is not affiliated with Toale Brothers Funeral Homes or Toale Brothers, Inc.