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Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.



If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

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Dear John & Janey: Just a wee note to thank you both, for your professional, compassionate and distinguished service to Mom and we, her family. Your words of comfort and encouragement enabled us to carry on. You walked us gently through the process wth listening hearts making sure that Mom's wishes and our particular requests were met. your expertise and skill added all the right touches. Our whole family and friends commented on how peaceful and uplifting the atmosphere was for Mom's funeral luncheon, in your home. John and Janey, your presence and service gave us such comfort, strength, and peace. Much Appreciation.

Sue and Dave, Young P.J. and Joyce Norris, George and Sandy Norris

June 07, 2013

From start to finish, a great job Janey, John, and staff. Everyone had great compliments about the atmosphere there, and how comfortable they felt.

Diane, Elwin & Families

May 24, 2013

We were so pleased with the special care and time you took with our mother Grace's arrangements & service. It truly was an encouraging & joyful memorial service & the DVD tribute of Mum's life honored her appreciation of family & friends. Thank you.

The Grainger Family

May 08, 2013

We as a family were very pleased how everything turned out for my wife's funeral. Your service is kind and down to earth. Thanks Again for everything,

Hugh MacLean

September 18, 2012

John and Janey O'Dacre, their staff and their facilities are fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. They were professional, personable, down to earth good people that clearly have their heart in their business and care about their clients and families. It is never easy to loose someone you love, but they helped us though the process sharing our most difficult times with grace and dignity, patience and kindness. There were a quiet presence that was there for us and yet seemed to know just when we needed the time to be together as a family. Honestly can't say enough positive, and send out a heartfelt thanks to them and their family of staff for being there for us.

Sincerely, Martha Kerr on behalf of the late Maccie Kerr and her family.

September 16, 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your caring, kindness, and your professionalism. You made us feel right at home. Again Many Thanks,

Grayce Gordon & Joan Wood Smyth the sisters of Gerald Greenley

September 04, 2012

On behalf of my family I want to thank you sincerely for all the help you gave us after my father's death. You made a difficult time easier, and we were grateful for the respectful advice you offered, and the very professional wayin which everything was conducted.

Very Sincerely, Glynn Shannan

August 19, 2012

Dear John & Janey: We only see you when our family is suffering a loss, but you make the hard times a little easier to handle.

Thank You Very Much, Randy & Shannon McPherson & Family

July 21, 2012

By honoring my wife’s request to have O’Dacre Family Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of her funeral was a wise decision on our part. My family and I are extremely pleased and grateful for the professional and caring manner in which John and Janey made our loss of a wonderful wife, mother and friend so much more bearable. Thank you so very much,

Husband and family of Phyllis Eugenie Spence

June 11, 2012

Dear John & Janey: Just a note to say a sincere thank you for your kindness, thoughfulness, and professionalism over Gordie's passing. A wonderful job! Everyone commented on how nice an experience it was.

Sincerely, Rick and Eady Bowes

April 24, 2012

Dear John & Janey! John, once again all I can say is THANK YOU to you, Janey, and John, what an amazing job you all did, you all made this sad time so much easier and we are grateful to you all in guiding us in the right direction. You both are truly gifted people. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this sad time a little easier for all of our family!

Sandra Meeks (daughter of Mary Horne)

March 15, 2012

Hello to Everyone at O'Dacre Family Funeral Home! I want to express my thanks and gratitude for the wonderful way you conducted Joe's wake and funeral.It was so well organized and welcoming! You did an excellent production of his obituary notice and his service, and an exceptional job on the DVD celebrating his life!

Thank you, and God Bless Mary Howes Sister of Joseph Bird

March 14, 2012

hanks to you John, your wife, and your wonderful staff for making the loss of my Mother (Dale) easier to bear. There are so many details and the loss is so sudden that it is overwhelming. You and your staff provided a calm in the storm for my family when we were struggling the most. The DVD you produced was beautiful and a real tribute to my Mother. You really took the time to get to know her and to represent her well. This was the most difficult time in our families lives so far and your caring staff was there supporting us. I can't tell you how much this has meant to all of us. You truly cared about creating a celebration of my Mother's life and your dedication and thoughtfulness came across in everything you did for the wake and funeral. Blessed be John to your family and Staff. Sincerely,

Shannon Jones on Behalf of our Families

February 08, 2012

Dear John & Janey, I wish to thank you both so much for making a difficult time, so much easier for our family. All your work, extended visiting hours, and late night time that you put in, has helped us immensely. The time and effort you put in for the DVD's was really appreciated as well. Once Again, I would like to thank you both for the compassion and caring way that you assisted us at this trying time.

Michael Bolitho

December 08, 2011

Dear John and Janey, Thank you so much for your caring for every detail in our hour of need. My family and friends were very happy with your facilities and services. I felt you were truly sincere with all of your efforts. Personal touches like hand cream in the bathroom do make a difference. As well your attention to detail certainly shows through in everything you do. Regards,

Diana Stanish and Family

November 16, 2011

Dear John and Janey, Words cannot express my appreciation for the wonderful services you provided for us. You worked out all the details that made the wake and service all about Steven, and for that I am extremely grateful. You both are excellent at what you do. Thank you with all my heart!

Love, Shawna McCartney

October 21, 2011

Dear John, Janey and staff at O'Dacre Family Funeral Home, We are extremely pleased that we chose to ask you to provide the services for the wake and funeral of our mother, Mary Beach. Your professionalism and the beauty of the setting were befitting of the great lady our mother was. The entire family - children, many grandchildren, partners and spouses all felt at home and at peace which is a testament to the sincere interest and compassion you have. We were especially pleased with the way you worked in partnership with us to make decisions and plan a setting and ceremony that is unique to the wonderful person our mother was. It was clear from the production you created with the photos and music that you succeed in connecting with a family, understanding the person who has departed, their special gifts, talents and joys. It is a true treasure for each and every one of us.

Thank you from all the Beach, Nitschmann and Williams families. Tom Beach

October 16, 2011

Dear John & Janey: Thank you so much for everything that you done for me and my family. You went above and beyond to make Ken's funeral just the way he would have wanted it. You two truly are very special people, and you make a very difficult time a little easier to handle. Words cannot express my appreciation for everything you've done for our family. May God richly bless you both!

Sincerely, Rose Andrews & Family

October 10, 2011

Dear John and Janey, Thanks you so much for taking care of our Brian's services. Throughout the planning you guided me and made many suggestions that made Brian's Celebration a wonderful day. I have enjoyed our chats and appreciate how sensitive you were to our unique situation. Thanks for everything.

Shawn and Mark O'Connor and on behalf of Our Brian

September 14, 2011

Dear John & Janey, We are so appreciative for everything you did for us at Mom's funeral. Everything was done with respect and care. The video was truly a blessing to us, and we aer so thankful to you both, for your time and endless effort our our family's behalf. Thank you once again and May God bless you both in this Ministry of bringing comfort to others. Sincerely Yours,

The Family of Mary Horricks

September 12, 2011

Dear John & Janey, From the bottom of my heart a very big thank you for your wonderful care and compassion, love, and support your gave me when Dad and then, Mom passed away. You were very understanding of our situation, and helped make the transition as easy as possible. I know that Mom & Dad had a lot done, but you were right there with us,guiding us every step of the way. Your expertise went above and beyond honouring Mom and Dad's final wishes, Your kindness will never be forgotten. The aftercare service you offered from Danny was a wonderful asset. There are just so many things to do and remember. Thank you so much for providing this valuable service to our family. Again, thank you to both of you and your staff for everything.

Love, Marg Dickinson

August 25, 2011

John,
 Once again, thank you for the splendid job you did in all the
organizing, minding nd presenting. As things go, there is so much work that goes on behind the finished product; more than most people imagine. You worked very hard -- I can only imagine. My dad would have been most impressed. Oh, and thank you so much for including "Desiderata" in the leaflet. Such a nice touch John.
 Again, thanks.


Peter A. Brady

August 15, 2011

Dear John, Thank you so much for the services you provided for my husband Dave. Everything you did was much more than I expected. You truly have a calling for this work. I really appreciate the helpful suggestions that made everything easier than I thought it would be. Thanks again for being such a kind and caring person.

Linda Thorndyke

July 19, 2011

Dear John & Janey, Thank you does not really express how we feel about all the kind, sincere, and respectful kindness that you extended to my father and my family. During the loss of my father's wife, Bertha Annie May Moore, both you and Janey extended your warmth and kindness in bountiful measures. The moment we walked into your office, we felt totally comfortable with your suggestions and your wise counsel on the painful matters of saying goodbye to our loved one. My dad has asked me to let you know just how much he appreciates all your help, your deep respect for us during this sad time, and your geniune concern to complete every detail to the funeral service and burial in such a loving and respectful manner, thus entitling my father to say goodbye and to honour his beloved wife, one last time. God Bless you both as your continue to help other families reach some closure with grace and dignity as your have for my father and all of us. Warmly and With Deep Gratitude,

Gordon K. Moore & Family

June 22, 2011

Dear John Thank you very much for the excellent services you provided to Wally, myself and our families, at this very difficult time. The DVD tribute that you created, of Wally's life, is wonderful. It paints such a beautiful portrait of his all too-short life.

Many thanks, Helen Pelto

May 18, 2011

Dear John & Janey Our family would like to thank you so much for all the compassion you showed us in this, a most difficult time in our lives. We would highly recommend you to anyone dealing with a loss of a loved one. Thank you so much!

Jo-anne, Steven, Devan & Bailey Carter | Lucan, Ontario

April 14, 2011

John and Janey O'Dacre are wonderful people. They made me feel welcome the moment I rang their doorbell. They are very compassionate and the interest they showed in my late husband and my family was overwhelming. Together we planned a very special Celebratory service that I will always remember. All the arrangements were taken care of very professionally. Thank you John and Janey; I will always be grateful for your kindness and friendship. 

The Aftercare Service was a blessing during a difficult time. Cathy Bedford reviewed the program and had prepared the many forms and documents. Cathy handled the forms professionally, expedited them and followed up efficiently. Thank you Cathy, John, Janey, and staff of the O'Dacre Family Funeral Home for such a wonderful service.

Sincerely, Kathy Pow

March 18, 2010

Dear John & Janey: I am writing to tell you that your site is the most beautiful Funeral Home site I have ever visited. All others should follow your path.

Sincerely, Tara Law

February 08, 2010

Dear John & Janey On November 30, 2009, we remembered my Uncle Al (Donald Allen E Simpson) at your Funeral Home. Allen was a pillar to his family, friends and community. He is greatly missed. During the dark time of his passing your Funeral Home and its staff were both professional and sympathetic to my Aunt Julia's and the family grief and needs. Thank you for the beautiful service that was provided.

Thank you,
 Tammy Powell-Inman

January 18, 2010

Dear John & Janey
 We recently attended a funeral for Alan Simpson. We found you & your staff to be both caring and professional. Your service was second to none. We found your attention to comfort and detail to be heart warming. You, your staff & funeral home are high on my list for recommendation. Your caring nature for our friend Julie at her most difficult time in her life will always be remembered.
Thank You

Jeff & Linda Huckstep

January 11, 2010

John and Janey were wonderful and so caring as we made arrangements for John's service. Every detail was attended to efficiently and the service, visitation and reception could not have been better. After care was amazing as well. Our clergy could not have been more kind and gave John a farewell that we were proud of. Thank you all,

Carol Fraser

December 30, 2009

Dear John & Janey: My aunt's husband has recently passed away and I wanted to take the time to send a warm thank you for all of the help and support you have provided to her during this hard time. Everything was so nicely presented and the ceremony was heart touching. I'm sure this took some of the pressure off my aunt's shoulders and made it a little easier for her in this very difficult time. Thank you again for all of your efforts and I wish you Happy Holidays.

Tobi

December 28, 2009

Dear John & Janey We, Ed and Ainsley Gordon, just wanted to express our thanks an gratitude towards your family in 2008 for all the support after our mothers passing, you had opened up your hearts and your home to us as if we were family. And yet, a year an a half later you were there again with open arms after our father's passing on Dec 6th 09. We wanted to thank everyone that works with the O'DACRE Family, for your gratitude and help, with arms wide open. John and Janey, we could never thank you enough for all the support and love you have given us. Many Thanks

Ed and Ainsley Gordon

December 23, 2009

Dear John and Janey: I simply cannot express with words, the thanks we all have in our hearts, for the excellent service we received from John and Janey O'Dacre, and the staff of the O'Dacre Family Funeral Home. You truly went far beyond our expectations. Your extra detail and actions will never be forgotten. May God bless you as you carry on this excellent service for our community!

Sincerely, Sharon and Clyde Knutsen. Perth.

December 21, 2009

Dear John and Janey: We just had the unfortunate need for your services for my brother-in-law Alan Simpson. I'd like to thank you for your professionalism and kindness through the ordeal. Everything went smoothly and was done with heart. You helped my sister (Juila) to get through one of the most difficult times of her life and I know made it just a little easier for her. Thank you very much for your kindness and help!

Ruth Brevoort

December 18, 2009

Dear John and Janey: I recently attended the visitation, service and reception for Al Simpson (Nov 30th) and would like to say that I was most impressed with the dignity, compassion and respect shown to Julia and her family during this very difficult time. In this fast-paced world, it is gratifying to see the caring and grace that is so rarely seen today.

Thank you.
 Sharon Nugent

December 17, 2009

Dear John and Janey: I would like to thank you very much for the care and concern you showed my family during this difficult time. Your quality of service is impeccable. Thanks you for all that you have done to support my Mom and our family. You and your wife are well-suited for your careers. Well done. Sincerely Yours,

Lori Berketa and the Fraser family

December 16, 2009

Dear John & Janey: I would like to take the time to personally tell both of you how lovely and caring you were to me and my family at our time of need. The service was very lovely. The McMullen /Forget/ Vanalstine family was very pleased with the way you both were compassionate and there every step of the way.

Thank you,
 Donna Forget

December 11, 2009

Dear John and Janey: You have proven yourselves to be outstanding in helping people through their grief. I appreciate all your efforts in helping many people I care for. I am personal family friends of your competition...however in a town like this there is room for another outstanding funeral home. You are making a good name for yourselves in this community, and I know many people, as well as, myself appreciate the care and compassion you show.

Debbie Wilson

December 03, 2009

Dear John and Janey: Losing someone you love so much is never easy for anyone, as we know. We lost our beautiful mother and best friend, Shirley Ann McDougall, in April of this year, and it has been a devastating blow to say the least. From the first meeting with you and Janey, we knew that we had made the right choice to entrust mom's funeral arrangements to O'Dacre Family Funeral Home. Your kindness, compassion, and professionalism through the whole process put our worries at ease, and we will be forever grateful. O'Dacre Family Funeral Home is a First-Class facility and we are proud to recommend your services to any and all. Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts.

Tracy, Germaine, Tessa, Gord, and Carrie-Ann McDougall

September 17, 2009

Within eight months I lost my brother and my mother. The O'Dacre Family Funeral Home exceeded our expectations in every manner. John and Janey have a remarkable gift in easing people through difficult times. One feels as though amongst friends. Thank you so much for your care and compassion.

Sincerely, Greg and Maureen Elliott

August 21, 2009

Regarding the funeral arrangements for my Dad, Arthur Corbet Bunbury Dear John and Janey: I am in town, have been here all week as we complete our family caretaking of Dad's belongs at his apartment. Right from our first meeting John, I know we have been blessed by our father's choice, when he contacted with you for the professional service you so ably provided. Ruth, Jim, and Joan agree totally, so you can be sure there will be NOTHING BUT POSITIVE recommendations to others who are looking for some help with funeral arrangements. Many, many heartfelt thanks for all you and Janey have provided to us! On my personal note, and as an Anglican priest, I have worked with many funeral directors. It is a much different situation to be on "this side" of the relationship. I have had total trust and confidence in your services, and more importantly, in your integrity and authentic compassion. I am without words as to how deeply you have touched me and blessed me! God's Blessings to You!

Reverend Nancy Ringham, Incumbent Parish of West Thunder Bay

July 16, 2009

Dear John & Janey You are both two very special people. The time and patience you had with us while making Dad's arrangements was remarkable. You really helped to make the experience and decision making easier. Thank you so much,

Shelly & Joanne Daykin daughters of William Yate Daykin

June 12, 2009

Recently, I was at a visitation of a friend who I had known for many years. It was my first time at O'Dacre's and I felt a little nervous. A classy, polite lady approached me and asked me if I knew anyone in the family. I stated I had known the deceased for years. She escorted me to the register book to sign my name, gave me a beautiful card with my friend's picture on it. Then she asked me if I cared for a cup of tea. What a wonderful and charming establishment! Highly recommended.

Ada

May 18, 2009

The video presentation honouring Andy Sweetapple was an excellent presentation. Is there any way that it could be added to your website? I am sure that you were planning to show it at the church during his memorial celebration. From a co-professional to all of you, you do a very polished presentation all round. Your website has been a hit with my co-workers. I personally wish each of your continued success! Sincerely,

Wm. Carl Munro

April 16, 2009

Never in my life would I have thought that I would be one day writing a letter of recommendation for a funeral home. However, when the day comes I hope this letter will offer you some guidance during this very difficult time. My husband's death at the age of 57 was sudden and unexpected. I was so grief stricken that I could hardly talk. Regardless, it was extremely important to me that my husband's funeral was exactly as he would have wanted. So I took the time, crying through all of it, to visit more than one funeral home. My husband had deep moral roots, he was a strong family man and he believed in supporting small business. John and Janey O'Dacre are just everything and more that we could have wanted. A young family, who treated my husband and our family with great compassion and respect. They took the time to listen to the stories about him and then used that information to customize their services around him and us. Andy loved horses, they customized Andy's on-line obituary with running horses, I cry every time I see it and the cremation urn had running horses around it. He loved to hunt so they selected a guest signature book with large stags on the front of it, and the most precious of all was the video that had many many pictures of Andy throughout his life with his favourite songs playing in the background. Their services in every aspect were outstanding, I applauded them and I strongly urge you to meet with them before you make your final decision. You won't be disappointed.

Suzanne Sweetapple

April 14, 2009

Dear John & Janey, Our Family would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for exceeding our family's expectations with your support, guidance, and comfort, to ease our sorrow through this difficult time. The service was tailored to our family's needs, not to traditional standards, which allowed our family to say goodbye in our own heartfelt way. The DVD created by John will remain a cherished treasure for all of us.

Sincerely, Alma Bolitho and Family

Dear John and Janey We are so blessed to have found you for our needs. When sitting at the dining room table we felt we were at home. You both made us feel so comfortable. You are very business-like but still, very down to earth. We also had a few good laughs together.

Thanks again
 Glenn and Vivian