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Bocchinfuso Funeral Home: Caring for the community

"We understand that it’s a 24/7 calling, above and beyond ‘just a job.’”

Bocchinfuso Funeral Home is operated with this motto: compassion for families, passion for the community. Owners Kelly Liddycoat and her husband Rick Westlake are committed to providing caring service for families in their greatest hour of need and being involved in the community they call home.

Liddycoat and Westlake took over Bocchinfuso Funeral Home in 2015, but the home has been in operation since 1974.

“We strive to do whatever is in our power to make things as easy as possible for grieving families and pride ourselves on never being pushy when it comes to providing them with the various options that are available,” says Liddycoat.

The home provides a variety of services to meet the needs, wants and cultural requirements of families. Liddycoat explains, “We offer everything from elaborate traditional burials including religious services to more small-scale, simple memorial services with cremated remains. Our services are offered in our chapel, at the family’s place of worship or other event venues. It is all based on the family’s wishes. We educate our families that they can customize their services in many ways, whether it is bringing in their loved one’s clothing and prized possessions or inviting visitors to wear attire from their loved one’s favourite team to the service, for example.”

The passion she, Westlake and their team have for service is evident in every interaction.

“We have spent most of our working careers dedicated to this profession. We understand that it’s a 24/7 calling, above and beyond ‘just a job.’”

The pace and emotional depth can be a lot, but knowing they made a difference in a family’s most difficult moments is what matters the most and keeps them going.

The Bocchinfuso Funeral Home team enjoys being active in, and giving back to, the community it serves.

“Through the years, we’ve supported several local schools, sports teams, churches and many charitable organizations,” says Liddycoat. “We’ve provided an annual scholarship to a local high school student who exemplifies compassion and have made sizable contributions to the Education Foundation of Niagara, the Niagara Children’s Centre, Prom Project Niagara and countless others. We do our best to cross-promote and support each other in our small town.”

For her work and community service, Liddycoat is pleased to have earned a WIN (Women in Niagara Young Professional) award and a NABWN (Niagara Area Business Women’s Network) Networker of the Year Award.

“We are grateful to the community at large and families for their loyal support of our services.

We have been very purposeful in selecting staff members who are particularly compassionate and kind,” she concludes.

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