History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honour their loved one.
A Tradition Since 1920
The tradition of the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home began in 1920 when Edwin E. Cousins and Orrin Burlingham began a furniture and undertaking business. Mr. Burlingham retired in 1938 with Mr. Cousins continuing until 1946 when Hank Haycock moved to Wallaceburg from Ingersoll, after the war, to form a partnership with Sam Douglas. Mr. Douglas eventually moved on to furniture manufacturing.
Mr. Haycock changed the undertaking business from a store front location to a "Home for Funerals" which was a house located where the Bank of Nova Scotia is today. In 1952, that location moved to the present one level location on at the corners of Nelson & Elgin Streets. It was the first building built as a funeral home in the Lambton-Kent area.
The Cavanagh Family purchased the business in 1983. Since then, Michael, Patricia and Kevin have channeled their efforts into creating a facility that Wallaceburg could be proud of with it's warm, bright, homelike atmosphere and quality of service.
Our Valued Staff
Kevin Cavanagh, Owner / Funeral Director
Owner of the funeral home, Kevin was licensed in 1991 and trained in Toronto at the Ward Funeral Homes, Jerrett Funeral Homes and Turner & Porter Funeral Homes before returning to Wallaceburg in 1994. Kevin is married to Irene and has two children. Kevin is a past president of the Wallaceburg & District Chamber of Commerce, board member of Wallaceburg Community Living and former member of Wallaceburg.ca and the Wallaceburg Community Task Force.
Michael Cavanagh, Funeral Director
The former owner of the funeral home, Michael has been a Funeral Director for over 40 years and has served the Community of Wallaceburg and area since 1982.
Garth Calvert, Pre-need and Aftercare Councellor
Garth is our in-house pre-need councellor, helping people to pre-plan a funeral.
After a funeral, Garth contacts the family to assist with Canada Pension and Insurance applications and other government forms. Both of these services are provided completely free of charge.
Lesley Taylor, Office Manager
Born and raised in Wallaceburg, Lesley has been with the funeral home since 1997. She is married to Jim and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Tom Aarssen, Funeral Directors Assistant
Tom was born and raised in Wallaceburg, is married to Sue and has one daughter
Joanne Regis, Reception / Maintenance
Joanne is a greeter, funeral luncheon staff and helps to keep the funeral home spotless inside and out.
Faye Richmond, Receptionist
Faye is usually found at the front door during visiting and helps to organize the funeral luncheons.
Terry Pearson, Maintenance / Funeral Directors Assistant
Terry helps to keep the funeral home spotless inside and out and lends a hand wherever needed.