Jim Westenberg

Rhody Family Funeral Home

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King

Jim loved to read. In fact, as long as it was a good book, he wouldn't usually put it down until he was done reading it. Did he have a favourite author you may ask.... well, that answer is simple, Stephen King of course! When not reading, Jim challenged himself daily with the Toronto Star crossword. For Jim, every day on this beautiful planet presented a new challenge and opportunity, and he faced them all head on!

James was born on Tuesday, January 20, 1942 in Chesley to parents Bruno and Wilda (Robertson) Westenberg. He joined older brothers Fred (1937) and Bill (1939). In time, the boys welcomed their younger sisters Pat (1943) and Ruth (1945). The Westenberg family resided in Chesley where Bruno owned and operated a mink ranch. The kids attended Chesley Public School and later, Chesley District High School. It was there that Jim was first introduced to Sharon Ellen Loraine Opie, who was three years his junior. Their lives however took them in separate directions and Jim went to work in the construction field after completing high school. This position enabled him to travel throughout the province working a variety of jobs.

As fate would have it, Brian, Sharon's brother, ran into Jim in 1968. He reported this meeting back to his sister who quickly responded, "Ask him if he wants to take me out?" Jim followed through on that request and often said that he fell in love with Sharon's kids first! The couple were married on March 21, 1970 in Brantford whereby Jim instantly became a father to Sharon's children Jim (1962) and Lorri (1965). After a brief stint living in Owen Sound and a few years on the 4th of Saugeen, the family soon settled on the 6th of Elderslie. It was while living there that the family welcomed Bryanna in 1972. This was also the year that Jim joined Local #1788 as an apprentice electrician. Over the next 35 years Jim worked for Ontario Hydro as an electrician. His incredible work ethic and ability to always get the job done earned him the nickname "Rambo". Stories were commonly told of how Jim didn't subscribe to be a "rule follower", often pushing the envelope in the workplace. Standing on the top rung of a ladder at work that clearly read 'this is not a step" was commonplace for Jim, often to the chagrin of the safety officer. Most of his career was spent at Bruce Power, with a few short stints at other power plants around the province over the years. He was a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and retired from the profession in 2007 at the age of 65. As fate would have it, all three of the Westenberg children followed Jim's original dream and entered the field of law enforcement, where they have all made their father proud and flourished in their own careers.

In 1971 Sharon and Jim bought their beloved property on Bruce Road 17. In 1973, Jim began to build their new home, using many of the skills he learned in his younger years. Over the next three years he used all his free time and his own two hands to construct their current home. In November of 1976 the Westenbergs officially moved in and the couple enjoyed this property together for the remaining 41 years of Jim's life.

To say that Jim loved the outdoors would be an understatement. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and trapping, spending countless hours enjoying these pastimes. He was a proud member of the "Half Hour Club" and regularly hunted at a property the group owned together south of Tobermory. Jim was also a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and assisted his wife with her involvement in Ducks Unlimited. Time was also spent enjoying the outdoors with his family. Over the years the Westenberg family enjoyed countless camping trips and in later years, time at a cottage, where Jim treasured his time with his four grandchildren. "Papa" (as he was affectionately referred to by his grandkids) had a wealth of knowledge and insight that greatly influenced his grandchildren and their lives.

In his free time Jim enjoyed being involved in and watching ANYTHING sports. In his youth he played hockey, baseball and basketball. He was a swimming official during Bryanna's high school years, and enjoyed curling as well as playing "Old Timer's" hockey. When playing wasn't an option anymore, Jim enjoyed watching sports on TV. The New England Patriots was one of his favourite teams and it was common knowledge in the Westenberg household that you didn't bother Jim when he was engaged in watching a sporting event. Anyone that knew Jim was aware of his fondness for a particular brown bottle beverage. He wasn't picky, the kind or temperature of his beer did not matter to him. When it came to music, John Denver and Kenny Rogers were some of Jim's favourite artists. He also made time for his beloved four-legged companions over the years. He and Sharon often had a couple dogs as companions as well as a variety of cats, with Socksie being one of his favourites. Lola, their Scottie is missing him already! Travel was also something that the couple did often. Jim's travels took him to the likes of Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean (several times), California, Canada (coast to coast) and Europe, which he had a particular fondness for. They also enjoyed a yearly trip to Cuba. For 28 straight years, he and Sharon travelled to this beautiful island. Over the years they formed many life-long friendships in Cuba but their bond with Miguel and his wife Odalys stood out. In fact, the couple has travelled to Canada to visit the Westenbergs a few times in recent years and were here with Sharon and Jim, experiencing their first Canadian winter, at the time of Jim's death.

Jim was a hardworking, honest man who wasn't afraid to speak his mind and show off his quick wit. He could be opinionated and at times was unfiltered. He also had a flair for the English language, as those who were close to him were aware. "This here is the one thing" often preceded a dissertation (fact-filled or not) that was soooo Jim. He had a variety of T-shirts that he cherished. One of his favourites read, "Does this shirt make my Bass look big?"

Sadly, Jim passed away suddenly, after an enjoyable breakfast with his wife and a small group of friends, on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in his 76th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Sharon (Opie). Loving father of Jim (Diane) of Windsor, Lorri (Dan) Trafelet of Southampton and Bryanna (Scott) Herniman of Kitchener. Jim will live on in the hearts and minds of his grandchildren Emily, Shane, Brett and Reese as well as his siblings Pat (Roy) Ratcliffe of Mount Forest, Bill (Nancy) Westenberg of Wiarton and Ruth Farrow of Holland Centre. He will be fondly remembered by Sharon’s brothers Brian (Imka) Colyer of Brantford, Dean Opie (Debbie Moore) of Port Elgin and his aunts Gertrude Watson and Irma McSporran and their families. Jim was predeceased by his brother Fred (Betsy), nephews Randy and Steven and his parents Bruno and Wilda (Robertson) Westenberg

A celebration of life for Jim will be held on May 26, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Westenberg family home. Words of Remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. Please join us to commemorate his life well lived.

Memorial donations to the Grey-Bruce Animal Shelter, Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Doug Milne
May 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing we enjoyed our summers together when we were kids and remember the whole family with great fondness. Hope the rest of the family is doing well and know that you will be in our thoughts and our prayers. Love Doug & Kathy Milne
Kim and Shannon Ferguson
January 18, 2018
Sharon, Jim, Lorri, and Bryanna and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that so many people are thinking of you at this sad time.
Guy and Tracey
January 18, 2018
Ma, Lorri, Bry, Jimmy and families. We were both shocked and very sad to hear about Pa Westie. He was a gentle soul whose laughter we’ll never forget. Keep your memories of Pa close
Charles & Debbie Bell
January 10, 2018
Thinking of you at this time. Blessings!
Hal & Jeanine Czeck
January 8, 2018
Sharon and Family,
We can’t believe Hal and Jim were making plans on the 26th to come out salmon fishing and on the 28th he sailed without us to his last fishing hole. The many years we had in Cuba celebrating anniversaries and birthdays will be held close in our hearts forever. The fun of coming out for The Big O party, Brys’ wedding and lazying in the pool are just a few of our fond memories. Our tears and thoughts are with all of you, as we feel Jim’s handprint on our hearts.
Jeanine and Hal
Doug & Vonda Ankenmann
January 6, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to you all. Jim was a great friend over many, many years. I will remember the good-times always.
Michelle McCrossan (Dunford)
January 6, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I remember him always greeting me with such a sweet smile, with his whole face, and a great big hug. Sending you all big hugs and much love.
Chuck and Linda Stuckey
January 5, 2018
Sharon. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!
Gary & Mary-Lou Dale
January 4, 2018
Our heartfelt sympathy Sharon, to you and you family on the sudden passing of Jim. You have so many wonderful memories through the years, may they bring you peace at this difficult time.
Jim and Sandra Rackley
January 4, 2018
Sharon and family, We are so sad to hear of Jim's sudden passing. Jim was a wonderful person and he will be sorely missed. Sharon, from the stories that you told us at SDSS it was obvious that he was a devoted husband, father and Papa. Lean on the support of your friends and family to help you get through this most difficult time.
Rick and Joan Denomy
January 4, 2018
Sharon and Family

Please accept our sincere sympathy in Jim’s passing. May warm memories as well as the love of family and friends help ease some pain. Our thoughts are with you.
Dave and Melinda Myette
January 4, 2018
Sharon we are deeply saddened at the news of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Terry & Darlene
January 3, 2018
Sharon, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our many memories of Jim started with him installing the starting blocks for the Breakers swim team. He was always there to help and this is just one memory.
Trix Smit
January 3, 2018
Dear Sharon, As I finally sit down in sunny Cali. I saw the sad news and I want you to know how sorry I am about your loss. Know, hat my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hope to see you in Spring, Trix
Arlene & Peter Windsor
January 3, 2018
Deepest sympathy Sharon and family.
A tremendous loss to all of you and everyone that knew Jim.
Erin O'Sullivan
January 3, 2018
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a warm and wonderful man that I remember well from the SDSS Christmas parties you hosted at your home all those years ago. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and take care of yourselves.
Janice and Fran Sanagan
January 3, 2018
Sharon, it was so good to see you back with our SDSS family. I am so sorry to here of Jim's death. A big hug to you and your family.
Penny Huettlin
January 3, 2018

So sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

Jim and Rona Cobean
January 3, 2018
Sharon & family
So sorry to hear of Jim’s sudden passing. Your wonderful memories will be comforting at this time. Savour those memories.
Vern and Donna Legge
January 3, 2018
Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Will always remember the times we met , on the 8 th of Elderslie duck hunting or Elderslie Swap deer hunting in past years. Also fond memories at the Chantry Derby weigh station.
With Sympathy Vern and Donna
Marshall Gray
January 2, 2018
Dearest Jim, and family. My sincerest condolence with your loss. My prayers and thoughts today,
Terry and Kaaren
January 2, 2018
My dearest friend Sharon. I so wish I could be there to hug you, hold you close and laugh and cry as we remember your Jim !! What a guy he was! So many memories to hold close to your heart. Our prayers are with you, Jimmy, Lori and Bryanna and families.
Deb & Bruce Whalen
January 2, 2018
Dear Sharon and family, we're so sorry to hear that Jim passed. He will be remembered by all who knew him with Love and Laughter as we recall all the good time
Adrian Kahgee
January 2, 2018
Sharon, my family and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bryan & Brenda Elliott
January 2, 2018
Sharon and family
So very sorry to hear of your sudden loss of your Husband, father and grandfather.
I know Jim will be greatly missed by all, your support together will help you through this sorrowing time. Thinking of you all!!
Denise & Johann
January 1, 2018
Sharon & family, We are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and we send our heartfelt condolences.
Bud Halpin
January 1, 2018
Sharon, Jenny and I are so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers, sincerely, Bud and Jenny Halpin.
Karen and Steve Zsargo
January 1, 2018
We are very saddened by Jim's passing. May all the great memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Keli Snyder (Dudgeon)
January 1, 2018
Sharon and family
I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Thinking of all of you. My sincere condolences.
Jim Lavery & Jane Schwab
January 1, 2018
Sharon, we send our condolences on the sudden loss of Jim. I spent many years working with him and I knew I could always count on his help when it was needed.
Lynn and Steve Thede
January 1, 2018
Dear Sharon and family;
Thinking of you, so sorry for your loss.
Joni Lang
December 31, 2017
Dear Sharon and Family! So shocked to hear of Jim's passing! Sharon, you and I just shared lunch at the beginning of December, and I'm so sad to hear this news! You always talked so fondly of your Jim, and all of the times you shared together. You will truly miss your best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and the always. Joni
Deb & Scott Millar
December 31, 2017
Sharon and family.
So shocked and sorry to hear about Jim. You are in our thoughts.
Treasure all the memories that you have created together.
Jim & Laurie Fleming
December 31, 2017
Sharon and Family, we’re were totally shocked to hear the news. Please accepted our heartfelt sympathy and love.
Ray Underwood
December 31, 2017
Sharon and Family. My sincere condolences to all of you.
Terry&Darlene Seigel
December 31, 2017
Sharon we are saddened to hear about your loss. Our condolences go out to you and your family.
Sebastien, Mary-Anne &Family
December 31, 2017
Dear Bryanna, Scott and Family,
We are sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sebastien, Mary-Anne and family
Bill & Cathy Esplen
December 31, 2017
Sharon & family - you and Jim were an important part of my parents lives ( Dave & Sybil Esplen) & they always spoke highly of you.
Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers as you go through this sad time in your life.
Jim & Cath Coles
December 31, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
I will miss our long chats back in the woods and the search for puffballs.
Joyce Kearns
December 31, 2017
Dear Sharon and family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We will always remember the great time in Cancun and the start of a great friendship. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy.
Bryan & Joyce Kearns and family.
Chris & Stephen Wilson
December 31, 2017
Sharon, Are deepest sympathy. Jimmy was our best ever neighbour !!! We will always remember his love for the outdoors, and his love for you.

Our deepest sympathy. Love you Chris & Steve (The Wilsons)

Sergio and Connie Vidotto
December 31, 2017
Our deepest condolence to Jim's family. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ross &Emily McLean
December 31, 2017
Sharon and Family .Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Keith & Lynne Steingart
December 31, 2017
We were so saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jim. Sharon, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times.
Bob & Susan Cook
December 31, 2017
To Sharon and Family,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of your deep loss. We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy and hold you all in our prayers.
Bob & Susan Cook
Bill and Judy McKee
December 31, 2017
Sharon, We are thinking of you and your family.
Ron & Bev Berndt
December 31, 2017
Sharon and Families .We so sorry to hear about Big Jim as our boys always called him. All our love and hugs to you all. You have wonderful memories to hold in your heart.
Carol, Terry & Tina Chappell
December 31, 2017
Sharon & Family
Our deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mo and Glen Crawford
December 31, 2017
Lorri and Family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
John and Karen Robson(Hutton)
December 30, 2017
We were so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Please know you are in our thoughts.
Gwen Becker
December 30, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time.
Arnold & Claudette elyea
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family - Our condolences to you. We were very saddened to hear of jim's passing. He will fondly be rememered by us as a great guy with a great sense of humor. We have many good memories from hockey and fishing which Jim loved
Susan Dolphin
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family,
My sincere condolences to all of you. Jim was such a great guy- always helpful, a hard worker especially around the wonderful home that he and Sharon built and created, quick to tease and very proud of his family. He will be greatly missed. May memories help you through this difficult time
Susan Dolphin.
Elizabeth Mooney
December 30, 2017
Sharon, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers!
Veronica Love
December 30, 2017
So very sorry. Sending you all my condolences.
Donna McKeag
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family. My most heartfelt sympathy to you all on Jim’s passing.Sharon stay strong, be the girl that I know you are.Thinking of you.
Denis & Barb Banville
December 30, 2017
So very sorry to hear about Jim, we are just shocked. Our condolences to you and your family .
Doreen Wark
December 30, 2017
Sharon. & family. My condolences on Jim’s passing. Doreen Wark.
MaryJo McMillan
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family, we were so very sorry to hear the news about Jim. Hoping all your good memories will help you through this very difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. MJ and Marshall McMillan
Ron & Bonnie Gallinger
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family: Shocked and saddened to hear about Jim. We are so sorry for your loss.
Rick & Debbie McGillivray
December 30, 2017
Lorri & Dan and family, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
Ed Peicheff
December 30, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jim`s passing. will always cherish the good times we had hunting together.
Karey-Lane Reid
December 30, 2017
Sharon and Family....so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Thinking of you and your family at this time.
Scott and Juliana
December 30, 2017
Jim and Diane, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time.
Douglas Wm. Lein
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family
We are so sorry for your loss at this time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless to all the family.
Doug & Kathy
Douglas Wm. Lein
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family
We are so sorry for your loss at this time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless to all the family.
Doug & Kathy
James Woods
December 30, 2017
Our Deepest Sympathy to Sharon and Your Families at this time.
Dave and Sandra Helwig
December 30, 2017
Lori and family we are sorry for your loss , you will be in thoughts and prayers
Janine Willett Pszczonak (JP)
December 30, 2017
Jim, Diane & Family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Burt & Carole McColl
December 30, 2017
Lorri & Dan and your family we are so sorry for your lost..stay strong
Karen and Al Barfoot
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family, so sorry to read of Jim's passing. our thought's and prayers are with you all.
Mike Atkinson
December 30, 2017
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing, please accept my heartfelt sympathies, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time
Angela Hupalo
December 30, 2017
Dear Sharon and family so very sorry to hear about Jim. Heartbreaking.
Linda and Tim Timmerman
December 30, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jim's sudden passing. We are thinking of you all during this sad time.
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
December 30, 2017
Sharon and Family.
Our deepest sympathy in the loss
Of Jim.
Kathy Bell
December 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Ron and Kathy Bell
Gary Stocking & Kim Chappell
December 30, 2017
Sharon & Family. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Ruth & Rick Trushinski
December 30, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s sudden passing. Our sincere sympathies to Sharon & family ????
Larry DeMoor
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family, so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing, remember the good times, my sympathy.
Terry Murphy
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family. My most heartfelt sympathy to you all on Jim’s passing.
Christine Saunders
December 30, 2017
Sharon and Family,
Sending love to all of you. May your footsteps be blessed during this difficult time.
Ken Wrightson
December 30, 2017
Sharon and family. My most heartfelt sympathy to you all on Jim’s passing.
Wayne Ada Weatherall
December 30, 2017
Very sorry to read that Jim has passed away suddenly. Wish we were able to express our feelings in person.
Remember all the good times you shared
Dianne Bell
December 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Pearson and Dianne Teasdale
Marc & Linda Lanthier
December 30, 2017
Sharon & family, our deepest sympathies on your loss.
Barb & Lloyd Kibler
December 30, 2017
Sharon & family our scincerest condolences. Our thoughts go out to all of you.
Rob Johnston and Lee Fleming
December 30, 2017
Shocked and saddened to hear of Jim's sudden passing. Deepest condolences to Sharon and family - you r are in our thoughts.
Karen and Jim Siegrist
December 30, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to you Sharon and all your family at this sad time. Karen and Jim
Doug and Jo-Anne Moriarty
December 30, 2017
So hard to believe. Our thoughts are with you Sharon and family.
Kevin and Lori Woods
December 30, 2017
Sharon, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Shirley. Alpaugh
December 30, 2017
I was very sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Eldon and Judy MacKinnon
December 30, 2017
Dear Sharon and Family
Our sincere sympathy to you in the passing of Jim. May the memories of
time together help at the time.
Shelva Ireland
December 29, 2017
Very sorry to hear the news. Thinking of your family at this difficult time.
Roger. n. Joan. Bell
December 29, 2017
Jim was a very fine friend. We hunted together for a lot of years. Will miss him greatly. Fair well from the Grassy River hunt camp.

Jim and Yvonne
December 29, 2017
We were deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing, our heartfelt sympathies to Sharon and the family.
Sandy Lindsay
December 29, 2017
Lorri and family ... I am so sorry for your loss.
Duaine and Mary
December 29, 2017
Sharon and Family, Mary and I were totally shocked to hear the news. You have our heartfelt sympathy and love.
Randy, Andrea and family
December 29, 2017
Absolutely heartbroken.

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Our experience was amazing under the circumstances. Your services were perfect. You went above and beyond our expectations. You are very caring, compassionate and professional in your approach. You create a very therapeutic environment.

Elmer Ward

"Dear Nathan, your many caring and creative touches from the notice to the burial in the days following Catharine's (McKeeman) passing meant so much to all of us. You honoured her life in so many meaningful ways. Your compassion and celebration of her life will always be remembered by all those Catharine held dear."

Ian Campbell, Catharine's Brother

“Nathan, you did an absolutely amazing job. People give us compliments about everything from the life story to the beautiful, elaborate displays at the visitation. I tell everyone it was you. All the surprises - the cookies, the recipe cards, the signing picture - all amazing!”

Kim and Alan Grant

“Staff were professional and friendly.”

“Exceptional service.”

Lawrence and Heather Lamarche

“Nathan, you present yourself very well. Facilities were all that could be expected.”

“I would recommend your funeral home to everyone. Nathan’s ability to put you at ease, with a caring attitude is super and very respectful!”

Carol Golem

“We were all very impressed.”

Roberta Godwin

“Dear Nathan - You did a good job. Thank-you for all your help and all the information you obtained for me."

Gloria Albright

“Your sense of humour was a plus! You and your staff clearly have a calling for the work that you do. We all felt that we were in good hands throughout the entire process…. Nathan, thank you for everything. You made things easy for us, as we felt like we were working on Dad’s arrangements with family. We gave Dad a great send off and thank you and your staff for being a part of it.”

Deborah Hart

“Letters cancelling Gov’t services was a great help and was very much appreciated.”

William & Loraine Patterson

“You did everything really well. All needs were met and then some.… We received positive comments on the stationary. Great keep sakes. The book and slideshow were beautiful.”

Elaine King

“We had no concerns- worries, nothing, but confidence in the staff – we knew exactly how everything would happen and when - it was so nice not to have to concern ourselves with anything.”

Rebecca Becker

"I don't think there is anything more you or your staff could do."

Bernice Frook

"No improvement needed. We were pleased with everything."

Susan Taylor

“I would not have changed anything. Thanks very much – Nathan and staff.”

“New renovations are very inviting and warm. All your new cards and books are very heart warming and keepsakes.”

Valerie Long

"Staff were outstanding. Overall, it was great. Everything was perfect."

Susan Laver

“Staff is exceptional!... All needs were met.”

“Service was beyond expectations… Already recommended to various people.”

Steve Thomson

“Could not have been more useful – very satisfied! I would highly recommend Rhody Family. Thank you ever so much for your professionalism and expertise.”

Dave Hillier

“Honestly, you and your staff made this time in my life the best it could be and were extremely helpful, respectful, professional and accommodating to my needs and my family’s needs, especially providing me with a space to feed [my child] if needed. Thank you for everything”

Olivia Strucke

“Everything was perfect; it’s always nice to have lots of options.”

Kevin Dailey

“Thank you for all your empathy, compassion and professionalism. Our family… is very grateful that we chose Rhody Family Funeral Home to look after our loved one.”

Siobhan Bell

“Your services were excellent. Thank you again.”

Debbie Eidt

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