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The Staff at Dennis Toll Funeral Home
Each of the staff members at Dennis Toll Funeral Home Limited is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.
When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.
Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.
|Dennis Toll |
Dennis Toll has been a licensed funeral director since 1975. He has worked with some of the finest funeral directors in the province through his career. Apprenticing in St. Catharines with Wes Kee, Dennis gained valuable knowledge before spending five years as a director at Morse & Son Funeral Home in Niagara Falls. In 1981 Dennis met the late Gordon Glaves at a professional gathering in Toronto. Gordon immediately approached Dennis and asked him to join the staff of the growing Beckett-Glaves Funeral Home in Brantford. Dennis stayed with Beckett-Glaves and Hill & Robinson until the untimely death of Gordon in the fall of 1991. Dennis left Beckett-Glaves in April of 1994, assisting Rudy Kopriva of Oakville and Paul Dermody of Hamilton eventually opening the Dennis Toll Funeral Home in 1996.
Dennis has served professionally as a past president of the Niagara District Funeral Directors, and has held varied positions with the Ontario Funeral Service Association. In Brantford Dennis is a past chairman of the Lansdowne Children’s Centre, a twenty-two year member of the Rotary Club of Brantford having served as a director of the club for three terms, a former board member of Big Brothers, and of the Brantford General Hospital Foundation. He is most proud of his supportive family, his wife of 40 years, Cindy who helps at the funeral home, and their three sons, Michael, Mark and Matthew. The funeral profession demands long difficult hours and dedication, without the support of his family Dennis could not have accomplished any of these tasks.
After spending many years in the home at the important job of raising their three sons, Cindy returned to the work force. She joined the Grand Erie District School Board as a secretary, serving at Riverview School and then Brier Park School. In 2001 she took some time from that job to more fully assist Dennis at the funeral home. "The families we serve seem to like the feeling of family that comes from our working together," says Cindy. "Knowing that their family is being served in a caring family atmosphere is a positive. Dennis and I can often times get to know the needs of each family member on a one to one basis. I have always believed that family comes first, we are in the unique position of working together to allow the people we serve to achieve their needs at this important time in their families life."
|Gary Callitsis, Licensed Funeral Director|
Gary is a lifelong resident of Brantford. He first approached Dennis Toll about entering the funeral industry in 1998. He worked part-time for Dennis until he went to Humber College in 2002. Following his schooling, Dennis encouraged Gary to do his apprenticeship at another funeral home for the varied experience. Gary received his Ontario Funeral Director's License in 2004 and worked for two corporate funeral homes before coming home to join the staff of the Dennis Toll Funeral Home full time, in 2005. In 2003, Gary married his high school sweetheart and dear friend, Catherine. Together, they are the very proud parents to their sons Dimitri and most recently to twins John and Peter.
|Darcy Davies, Licensed Funeral Director|
Darcy joined the staff of the funeral home in May 2006 to serve her apprenticeship. She became interested in funeral service through an introduction to funeral service by Keith Ovington of Burford. Darcy gained her provincial license in 2007 and agreed to stay on staff to serve our growing number of client families. Darcy is a trained and talented esthetician and is much appreciated by her fellow staff members and our families, for her care and concern, in all aspects of her work. Darcy is married to her loving husband Nick and they are proud parents to their sons Hunter, Weston and Bizou, their Chihuahua.
|Hugh Devereux, Licensed Funeral Director|
Born and raised in Brantford, Hugh was approached by the late Bill Hill of the Hill & Robinson Funeral Home, to work there in 1975. He attended Humber College in 1981, receiving his Ontario Funeral Directors License in 1983. After the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre acquired the Hill & Robinson Funeral Home in 1986, Hugh remained as a funeral director at both of these well respected businesses.
In 2006, he found change and joined the growing staff at the Dennis Toll Funeral Home and resumed working again with Dennis. His knowledge of local facts and places, and his recollection for long forgotten country cemeteries, have proven a valuable resource for our staff and the families we serve. Hugh is a Past Master of Brant Masonic Lodge #45 A.F.& A.M., Past President of the Brantford Scottish Rite Association and the Shriners Club of Brantford. He too is proud of his family's support over the years.
|Holly Vickovich, Licensed Funeral Director|
Holly was born and raised in the city of Cambridge. She began her career as a Co-op student at the Barthel Funeral Home. After two years as an assistant there she came to the city of Brantford to apprentice at the Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home. In the year 2000 she obtained her Ontario Funeral Directors License. In 2009 she was transferred to the Westmount Funeral Chapel in Kitchener. After being presented with the opportunity to return to Brantford she gratefully accepted the offer from Dennis and began a new chapter of her career on Valentines Day 2011. Holly has been married to her best friend Robert for several years and is a proud Mom to her "furry" son Sampson, a very handsome and energetic German Shepherd. In her spare time she enjoys competing in endurance sports such as Triathlon, half and full marathons. Her proudest achievement to date is completing the Ride to Conquer Cancer a 217 km bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls in just over ten hours.
|Meghan Jack, Licensed Funeral Director|
.Meghan was born in Brantford and raised in Paris where she currently resides. She participated in the Co-Op Program and spent time at the Dwayne D. Budgell Funeral Home, Paris. After graduating from Paris District High School she enrolled in the Funeral Services Education course at Humber College. Meghan then completed her apprenticeship at the Corbett Funeral Home, Cambridge. Once Meghan obtained her Funeral Director’s License in 2011 she travelled to Barrie where she assisted families at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home. She joined the Dennis Toll Funeral Home family in May of 2012. Meghan has been a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Brantford for many years. She has volunteered for many functions at the church as well as assisted with the Canadian Guide Dog Association. Meghan enjoys baking, quilting and spending time with her close family (especially her dog Winston) and friends. Meghan was a past member of the Brant 4-H Association, the Paris Figure Skating Club and the Paris Softball League.
|Ken Donald, Support Staff|
Ken has been an integral part of the team at the Dennis Toll Funeral Home since its beginning. He has "thoroughly enjoyed" this time at the funeral home. He enjoys reading, sports events and golf. Ken is actively involved with the seniors ministry at Central Baptist Church. Ken and his wife Mary are highly valued at the funeral home for their caring and compassion expressed in many ways.
|Mary Donald |
Mary, along with her husband Ken, is an important member of our staff at the Dennis Toll Funeral Home. Her occasional help as a receptionist has been much appreciated by the families we serve. Mary is also gracious and kind to all she encounters. Mary and Ken are proud of their children and grandchildren. They make friends wherever they go and work as a team in all they accomplish.
|Jim Murphy , Support Staff|
Jim retired from teaching Secondary School in June 2002. His first four years were spent at Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School in Northern Ontario where he taught history and politics. Most of his 31 teaching years were spent at Paris District High School where he taught senior history and co-operative education. As a Grief Counselor, he assisted students in their handling of tragedies and death. Since the spring of 2003 he has appreciated the opportunity to serve families at the funeral home. Jim is an active member of his church and is most proud of his two daughters and four grandchildren.
|Bill Patterson, Support Staff|
Bill and his wife Corrie have three children and one granddaughter. Bill is retired from Ontario Delivery Dispatch and Patterson's Vending. Their children Kelly and Brad have taken over the operation of these businesses. He is the past President of the Brantford Traffic Club and was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998. Bill is an active member of his church and has participated in missionary work building churches around the world.