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 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.
Too many times in these days people complain about anything and everything.
Today I would like to take the time to compliment an employee of yours, Dale Patterson.
Our mother, Genevieve Cox, passed away on Feb. 28, 2011 at Vision Nursing Home. A few days beforehand, I called a few funeral homes, and when I spoke to Dale he was the only one who was warm, helpful and informative. I felt he was more interested in people than in making money. He helped us through difficult arrangements and relieved us of the burden of worry.
He understood our humour and our grief.
Thanks to Dale both of our parents are interred together at Resurrection Mausoleum. What a wonderful representative for your company.
I just wanted to let you now how very satisfied we were with our dealings with McKenzie Blundy.
Sincerely, Frances Frauley (The Cox Family)
—The Cox Family
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.