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
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
Dear Grant, Cheryl and our good friends at McKenzie & Blundy
I just wanted to send a small note to say thank you for all the beautiful roses and the kindness and friendship that you have shown our family throughout these past few weeks.
Thank you sounds like two small words, but I mean them from the bottom of my heart. Mom touched a lot of lives, and I'm glad she was in yours.
—Norm, Colleen, Gary, Jim Collins
The McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home has seen us through a very difficult time, once again with impeccable advice and gracious support and caring.
The Turner, Selassie, Mansell and Clement Families.
—The Turner, Selassie, Mansell and Clement Families.
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.