I just want to say what a wonderful job the staff at McKenzie & Blundy did with Mathew Henne's visitation. It was obviously a hard time for the family, friends
and even for the staff. It's hard for anyone to say goodbye - but when the person is so young, it's that much harder.
The letters displayed from the students from London Road was great to see and read.
I want to let the staff know that I think the visitation was handled with class and care.
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.
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
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.
The service of the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home exceeded my greatest expectations when I needed them most. A team of dedicated professionals all showed caring, friendliness and the warm comfort of consolation and encouragement during the most difficult year of my life. The unexpected gestures of guidance and remembrance during that time made me feel that I shall indeed find peace and acceptance of my loss, and so to each of them I owe a great deal of gratitude and appreciation.