Bereavement Authority suspends Parker Funeral Home licence

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MORRISBURG – The provincial governing body for funeral homes suspended the licence of Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg, and MacNeil and McArthur Brothers Funeral Home in Cornwall.

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, which licences funeral homes and funeral directors, also suspended the funeral director licence of Bonnie Parker, who owns both funeral homes and is based in Morrisburg.

“The funeral homes and Bonnie Parker cannot legally operate, sell or offer to sell licensed supplies and services related to a cemetery, crematorium or funeral establishment in Ontario,” the organization said in a release. “The BAO has taken this action to protect grieving families, who are consumers of the bereavement sector.”

The suspension took effect December 17th, 2020.

The BAO cited failure to comply with conditions of its licence, failure to properly maintain its embalming and holding rooms as required bylaw, and failure to comply with public health directives and directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Immediate suspensions are only issued when the Registrar believes there is an immediate risk to the public,” the organization said in its release.

The BAO is also moving to revoke the licences of both funeral homes and Parker.

David Brazeau with the BAO responded that as the matter is before the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the BAO is not providing further information at this time.

He said that the legal process is ongoing and no date for proceedings has been announced yet.

He told The Leader that customers with pre-paid arrangements will have to contact another funeral home for service. Pre-paid funds will be transferred by the BAO to a new provider.

Brazeau said he was unable to provide any other details as the matter is before the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

Parker responded that while she is not allowed to speak about the actual suspension as it is a legal matter, she has filed an appeal of the suspension.

“We are moving forward on the appeal which will take a couple of months,” she said.

“There are families who I have helped before and right now I can’t help them while this is going on,” said Parker.

She said that she hopes to be able to resume operating once the appeal has been dealt with.

Parker would not comment on the impact of a two-plus month closure on the businesses.

Customers with pre-paid arrangements are directed to contact the BAO 647-483-2645 or 1-844-493-6356.

Note – This story was corrected to clarify that Brazeau with the BAO did respond to an initial question. The Leader apologizes for the error.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader