I would like to personally thank Dale and Katherine for their amazing service and support for my family following the death of my mother Betty Squire. Dale and Katherine were very patient and both gave us a tremendous amount of time and support. Katherine went above and beyond the call of duty, calling my father to see how he was doing and personally delivering materials.
I would enthusiastically recommend your services to all! It is a level of service and sincere concern that I have never before experienced and it is truly appreciated by my family.
—Sharon Squire & Family
Dear Katherine and staff of McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home:
On behalf of the Hodgson family, we would like to thank you for all of your care, concern and support during our most difficult time.
The employees of McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home are very knowledgeable, and they took the time needed to guide us through all the arrangements.
We found that all the staff went above and beyond in answering questions and making recommendations, making the difficult decisions we had to make a little easier.
McKenzie and Blundy offers many unique extra services, such as, an angel pin which was personally given to each family member in memory of our loved one, the on-line condolences for people out of town, the memorial tree planting service, the video tribute which provides us with a lasting memory of our loved one, and the after care where you meet one on one with a staff member who guides you through the process of filling out all the necessary paper work needed by different government agencies.
Again, thank you for all you did.
—The Hodgson Family
The best education I ever received was at the age of 15 when I began working at McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home as a general assistant. This position was offered to me by Donald McKenzie, then president and founder of the funeral home. Don taught me the value of work well done, as well as many other life skills such as compassion, ambition, determination, and empathy for others.
I spent my days at McKenzie and Blundy washing cars, tending to the gardens, and painting the exterior of the home itself, which was built by Alexander Mackenzie, the second Prime Minister of Canada. Don and his son Grant, then Vice-President, were passionate about making their funeral home a place of comfort for those in a time of grief. That meant perfect lawns and gardens, comfortable furniture and surroundings, and immaculate cleanliness. It also meant showing heart felt sympathy and support for anyone, regardless of culture or faith, who turned to them for help at a difficult time of bereavement.
Over the years I stayed close to McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home. Sometimes it was to attend a funeral of someone close to me. Sometimes it was in the capacity of a pallbearer for a grieving family I did not know personally. Regardless, it was always something very important to me deep inside; the recognition and celebration of a life lived, and expression of both gratitude for that life and grief in the loss we feel when someone dies and departs this life. It matters not if the deceased was five days old or 100 years young; it was a life lived and a life to be recognized and remembered. This is the education I received while washing cars and painting walls at McKenzie and Blundy Funeral Home.
We lost our 35 year old son in a tragic accident, and experienced overwhelming difficulty in deciding what to do for his funeral.
We do not want to leave this burden to our children. Pre-arranging and pre-funding our own funerals will help ease the pain, with no arguing or hurt feelings. Our children now know what we want at McKenzie & Blundy.
Margret & Daniel Hartman
—Margret & Daniel Hartman
I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your expertise and guidance given to our family while preparing for Terry's funeral arrangements.
During this time it is very difficult to focus and you were our clarity.
You were always ready to fulfill our needs and you prepared Terry to say his final farewell dressed like my knight in shining armour. His gentle spirit guided those around him and you captured the essence of him with the smile he wore and look of calm. We will be forever grateful to you for those final memories.
The short service with friends and family were just the way he wanted his final chapter to end. What a wonderful story.
Andy & Peg Holmes and Family
—Andy & Peg Holmes and Family