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McPhail & Perkins Funeral Home
85 Munroe Avenue East
Renfrew, ON CA
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In the year 1868 Thomas Hynes and his brother arrived in Renfrew to establish themselves in business. In 1895 they built the Hynes Block on Raglan St., which housed Thomas Hynes Furniture and Undertaking, as well as his brother's dentist office. Mr. Hynes also contributed to the community by serving on Town Council.
In 1912 the business was taken over by Donald M. McPhail, who continued the tradition of dependable service and quality goods. By the mid forties two significant changes took place. Mr. McPhail purchased the McGarry house on Munro Ave. from Canon Quartermaine in order to provide is families with a place for wakes and funeral services. At approximately the same time he began the first ambulance service in Renfrew, operated from the garages in the rear of the funeral home.
In 1950 the business was taken over by Boyd Perkins, who had moved from Perth with his young family. Mr. Perkins soon gained a reputation as a caring and dependable professional, and the furniture store was enhanced by a move down Raglan St. to the former Stewart Brothers Ltd. Building, where it continues to this day. The funeral home on Munro Ave. was expanded to meet the changing needs of the community.
The ambulance service was discontinued shortly after Mr. Perkins sold the business to Harry T. McKibbon in 1964. Mr.McKibbon was admired for his solid and trustworthy personality, and down-to-earth nature. Under his direction, the firm's reputation of integrity and dependability was further enforced.
In 1986 the ownership of the firm went full circle when Mr. Perkins` grandson John Steele purchased it. Under his capable direction, the funeral home underwent a dramatic expansion, with new handicapped-accessible facilities, a well-appointed chapel complete with cushioned pews and a sound system, ample parking, and a reception room for post service gatherings.
In June, 2009 ownership of the firm was passed from Steele to Brydges. Matthew Brydges, managing funeral director, was born and raised in Renfrew, son of Marie and the late Bob Brydges, and began his career in funeral service at McPhail & Perkins as a student in 1995. Matthew is a graduate of Humber College, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with minors in law and business from Carleton University.
Aside from his time at the funeral home, Matthew is active in the Renfrew community. He can be seen most weekends donating his time and talents as a musician to entertain for many local fundraisers and community events, as well as working with local schools and community groups involved in the arts. He is past president of the Ottawa District Funeral Service Association, and serves on the board of directors at Hillcrest Cemetery, the Renfrew & District Christian School Society and pandemic planning committees. Matthew's mother, Marie is a well known music teacher and musician, as well as a Licensed Lay Preacher with the United Church of Canada. She is actively involved in the business, serving as our chapel organist and pianist, greeting visitors and assisting them with memorial donations. She also makes herself available to preside over non-denominational funeral services.
McPhail & Perkins continues to evolve to meet the needs of the area
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