I was born and raised in Manitoba in the Neepawa area. Began my career in Funeral Service in 1966 at White’s Funeral Home in Neepawa. I became licensed as an Embalmer/Funeral Director in 1971. The following year along with my wife Linda and our firsr born son Jason moved to Calgary where I joined the staff of Jacques Funeral Home. In the spring of 1973 I challenged the Alberta Exams and received my Embalmer/ Funeral Director’s License for the province of Alberta. The same year Frank Eden offered me a position with Eden’s Funeral Home, I accepted the offer and moved to Pincher Creek and have been here ever since.
Following our move to Pincher Creek, two more children were added to our family, our second son Kyle and daughter Amy.
I have never regretted choosing Pincher Creek as a community to work and live in. Over the many years I was fortunate to have developed a good rapport with the families I have served and with many of those families I have had the honour of serving several times.
We attend St. Michael’s Catholic Church and over the years I have served on Parish Council as well as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. I am also a member of the Pincher Creek Lions Club and have filled many positions there as well.
I have experienced many changes in Funeral Service, both in trends and attitudes. I also believe that even though early in my career I was being complimentd by families for a job well done, I really wasn’t a good Funeral Director until I experienced the loss of a close family member. At that point you are able to empathize instead of imagine how that other person feels.
As I approach retirement my responsibilities have diminished allowing more time to spend with family and enjoy some travelling.