We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

Dear Tony and Staff: We will never forget your kindness and professional guidance in helping us through the challenging and difficult time of losing our most treasured Dad. You opened your doors like you were a long time family friend, and you helped us create an incredible and spirited memorial so appropriate for our feisty and entertaining Acadian, and his Joie de Vive! The live music, foot tapping, sing a longs and spontaneous applause at his memorial lifted everyone's hearts the way he would've wanted it! Thank you for being so open to all of it! Truly a celebration of his musical legacy and his warm character! Although a year has passed without Dad, we know he lives on in our hearts. Tony know that your kindness in times like these is so well appreciated and sincerely remembered. Thank you!

The Family of Abbey Chiasson October 23, 2019

My family and I are now doing better as the Lord comforts all of us who asks for His help. There is a big void in my life, of course, but time heals and she would want me to be joyful again. Many thanks for all your caring and extras. I wish my mom had chosen you service when my dad had passed away. Enjoy some very sweet butter tarts. God Bless. Liz

The family of Irene Bellaire June 09, 2016

Your staff is very caring and your should be very proud of their service. We will never forget everything that you did for us. Thank you again. Mary Ann Robinson

Family of Eileen Hodgins November 05, 2015

Dear Tony & staff...Please accept our sincere thanks for your very kind tribute to our mother Joyce Findlay. The funeral was arranged with kindness, compassion and attention to every detail. You Tony are definitely in the right field. God has given you a special gift to help people during the hardest time in their lives - Thanks Jim and Sue Findlay

The family of Mrs. Findlay April 02, 2014

Thank you so much for a lovely funeral for our Dad. It was exactly what we wanted. Your staff are always so nice & helpful. The music was perfect. Thanks again.

The family of Steve McMurren October 16, 2013

Tony and staff, thank you for making the arrangements for my husband as painless as possible. Nothing extra was pushed on us. Everything we wanted for Patrick was done as we wished, very professional, many of our friends and family expressed how nicely things were done. We felt it truly was a celebration of Patrick's life. Thank you for the lovely keepsakes. Thank You Julie - Chatham, Ontario

The O'Rourke Family May 07, 2013

Just a short note to express our gratitude for you support and compassion during this difficult time. The thoughtfullness and professionalism of all your staff was greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Tony for fulfilling our rather "unique" final request. Bob Myers and family P.S. Special, special thanks for delivering the very heavy stone bench.

The Miller/Myers family February 19, 2013

Dear Tony & Staff, Thank you very much for the excellent service that you provided in arranging and carrying out our brother's funeral arrangements. We are very pleased with your expert advice, the pleasant and comforting support of your staff and the efficiency with which you handled even the finest details. All of these services helped to make a very difficult time somewhat easier to cope with. We are very grateful for all of the extra 'touches' that you added to make Phil's send off a very special one. Giving Phil one last trip to 'his corner' with everyone gathering to form an honour guard was a very special tribute to Phil and one we will always remember. The plaques with his thumbprint and the beautiful sign in record book are just a couple of ways that you showed respect to Phil, and provided us with keepsakes that we will always treasure. Thank you Tony for your kindness and consideration. We greatly appreciated all of your efforst. Sincerely Jim & Renée Little and family

The Little Family August 16, 2012

Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude at this time. Thank you for the support of myself and my family. We appreciate all your kindness and value, your professionalism in the work that you do. Everything went smoothly and we appreciate your many kindnesses shown to us!

Elaine & family March 21, 2012

Thanksgiving-A good day to express my thanks and gratitude for a 'good' job in my recent sad experience. When I arrived at the front of church-looked up- and there you were in complete control, and then all the moments rolled on like a magic river. My accountant was impressed with you after your first meeting-all the materials he needed was waiting and ready.

Muriel Neice March 21, 2012

•Just wanted to tell you that you have top notch services and thanks for being so professional and patient! (Mr. Martel's Grandson) very very well done! Paul

Paul March 21, 2012

Thank you for all the help, compassion and guidance in preparing our dearest mother Monica for her journey home to Heaven to be greeted by all her loved ones. You have always put a special touch to the details that made her showing so special for us. Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and your staff with many blessings.

Trudy & Ron Gravel & family March 21, 2012

In March of 2011 we were blessed by the owners of Kennedy Funeral Homes. My husband and I were expecting twins. Due to pregnancy complications, I was sent to St. Joseph’s in London, ON. Our beautiful daughters come earlier than expected, by 3.5 months. Our daughter Jessica at 1lb 11oz,was only with us for about 12 hours, and her twin Kimberly was critically ill at only 1lb 14oz. As you can imagine this was a very difficult time for my family. We needed to be in London to be with Kimberly but also needed to take care of funeral arrangements for Jessica. My brother, contacted Kennedy’s for us. He explained the situation and the owners of Kennedy’s helped us far beyond our expectations. Tony and Jennifer de Ryk and the staff at Kennedy’s took care of all the arrangements for us. Tony personally picked up Jessica and brought her home; was in contact with our social worker at St. Joseph’s; and guided my husband through all the decisions that had to be made. This was comforting to me as I was getting updates back in London. Tony and his wife were a blessing to us during this bitter sweet time. Since Kennedy's is now the first funeral home in Essex County to provide Laser Engraving onsite. They were able to make me a cross necklace with Jessica’s fingerprint engraved on it, so that I have a tangible reminder of my daughter. On July 1st, we were finally able to come home for the NICU after almost 4 months and Kimberly is doing good. The de Ryk family was unknown to us at the start of this year, but we will always be grateful at the blessing they are to our family. Thank you once again for your time, patience and love during this time.

Wayne and Christine Calder, Julia and Kimberly February 02, 2012

Our family really appreciated everything you did for us. Thanks for all your care, kindness and making is so much easier for all of us.

Margaret Barnett January 27, 2012

Our family would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the thoughtfulness presented to us and support offered by the Kennedy Team. Your attention to every detail made an unbearable and difficult time somewhat easier. The sensitivity and compassion at the time of Mike's passing was very comforting. Thank you Tony and to your gracious group at Kennedy's. Kind regards, Chrissie, Shane, Spence and Ava

Mike Heil August 08, 2016

Good morning Tony I just wanted to say "thank-you" for all that you did for the Bellaire family. I feel that everything went perfectly for our Mom, I do believe we couldn't have given her a better send off. It was beautiful from beginning to end. Sincerely, Mary-Ann Tracey

Rita Bellaire November 27, 2015

Dear Anne, Tony and staff...Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring so deeply. Everything was so beautiful. Lily Daniher and family

The family of Patricia Daniher April 02, 2014

Tony & your amazing Staff...for all you personal touches, your kindness and understanding shown, we are very grateful. Thank you.

The family of Betty Gagnier April 02, 2014

Our deepest gratitude to Tony & Jennifer de Ryk, and the staff of Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. in Essex. Your personal care and professionalism was such a comfort to us during this difficult time and we are so happy we entrusted this final tribute to our wife and mother to you. Our deepest thanks, Bob & Jodi

The family of Fille Myers July 21, 2013

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you. I have never had anyone really close to me pass away before and was not sure what to expect. Tony, you and your staff could not have been more helpful. You made a very hard time alright. Thanks again.

Family of Ruby McMurren March 25, 2013

Tony, we would like to thank you and your staff for taking care of our parents funerals so perfectly. All of you were there for us in our time of need and made a difficult situation much easier to handle. We can't say enough good things about the amount of times you and your staff went out of the way for us, the thoughtful keepsakes, and the overall experiences at Kennedy Funeral Home. Extra thanks for the patient transfer of William.

The Alexander Family August 16, 2012

A special heartfelt thankyou to the amazing staff of Kennedy Funeral Home for your unending support, guidance, comfort and compassion when we needed it most.

Hanson Family March 21, 2012

I wish to thank you for arranging such a lovely funeral for my husband Don. Your attention to detail provided comfort for our family in a very fitting way. You truly captured my husband's personality in the tribute DVD and we'll cherish that gift for years to come.

The MacAulay family March 21, 2012

We cannot thank you enough for helping our family through a difficult process-saying goodbye to Emilien and honouring his life and the things he valued. Thank you for the video tribute-it will be cherished and for your gentle guidance

The Martel family March 21, 2012

Tony and staff, Please accept our thank-you for the wonderful job that you did for our Father's funeral. Your guidance and professionalism are second to none. Every aspect of the funeral was done in great detail and we would highly recommend your services to anyone we know. Again, thank you so much.

Sincerely, Dan and Lynda Reaume March 21, 2012

As Executors of the Reaume Family Estate, wish to express our deep thanks to Kennedy Funeral Home for their very compassionate and caring ways in dealing with all of our needs during this difficult time. We were surprised at their high level of helpfulness in regards to our plans for flowers, food and cemetery arrangements. Every aspect was covered by them. We have thanked them personally, and would highly recommend Kennedy Funeral Home and their services to anyone in need of caring compassionate service

Connie and Ron Reaume March 21, 2012

Jenn & Tony Thank you so much for your caring generosity to our family. We loved our sister dearly, and your gift to us made all the difference to her Celebration of Life service. Again we say thank you. You guys are the best!

Shirley Bartholomew & Sharon Tompkins January 27, 2012

To Tony, Ann, Geoff, Jennifer and team. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you at Kennedy Funeral Home. We so appreciate your genuine caring and your obvious concern for our well-being as we dealt with our deep sorrow. The entire team is extremely professional in every way. We knew our precious loved one was in good hands. Tony you have a talent and a tremendous attention to detail. The smallest item or demanding request was responded to with the utmost of customer service and empathy. All of the special touches will be remembered and cherished by Dorothy's family forever. You comforted us and gave us great confidence in knowing all would be taken of. Bedankt

Doris Beaulieu & Tom Keane for Dorothy St. Louis family January 27, 2012