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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. (Photo: Douglas Haycock Home for Funerals on James Street)


New location at Nelson & Elgin Streets, circa 1952


The Cavanagh Family 

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

Kevin Cavanagh, Owner / Funeral Director

I’m Kevin Cavanagh, owner, operator and funeral director at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home.
I am a second generation funeral director, growing up in the Grimsby / St. Catherines area and moving to Wallaceburg in 1982 at the age of 16. I attended WDSS for two years and then earned my Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1989 while playing football for the WLU Golden Hawks. I then earned my Funeral Director’s license while at Humber College in 1991. I trained with Jerrett Funeral Home, Ward Funeral Home and Turner & Porter Funeral Home in Toronto. During my 5 years in Toronto, I was able to work closely and learn directly from over 60 funeral directors. In 1994, my wife Irene and I moved to Wallaceburg to join the family business and we are the proud parents of Jack and Clancy. I worked for my parents, Michael and Patricia for 10 years before purchasing the funeral home in 2004. I enjoy volunteering in the community and currently sit on the Board of Directors for Community Living Wallaceburg. I love living in and serving the community of Wallaceburg and I am very proud of the funeral team we have built and the facilities that we have acquired and renovated. Please come by for a tour, we would love to show you around!


Michael Cavanagh

Michael Cavanagh, Funeral Director

The former owner of the funeral home, Michael has been a Funeral Director for over 50 years and has served the Community of Wallaceburg and area since 1981.


Lesley Taylor

Lesley Taylor, Office Manager

Lesley Taylor is our longest serving full time employee. Lesley joined the team in May of 1998 as our office manager. She is the centre-point of the team and keeps us all on track. Lesley also creates the memorial cards, finishes the guest books with photos of the flowers, recording donations and printing collages of the slide-show and all of the other niceties offered as a tribute to the celebration of a life lived. Lesley is married to Jim and the proud mother and mother-in-law to Bob & Nichole and Bill & April. She is also the doting grandmother of many. As a valued and indispensable employee, Lesley has vowed not to retire until we wheel her in the back door foot first. Les also possesses a hilarious sense of humour.


Tom Aarssen

Tom Aarssen, Funeral Directors Assistant

Tom was born and raised in Wallaceburg


Faye Richmond

Faye Richmond, Receptionist

Faye is usually found at the front door during visiting and helps to organize the funeral luncheons.


Terry Pearson

Terry Pearson, Maintenance / Funeral Directors Assistant

Terry helps to keep the funeral home spotless inside and out and lends a hand wherever needed.


John Turvey

John Turvey, Funeral Director


Cathy Lalonde

Cathy Lalonde, Aftercare Specialist