We have worked hard to make sure that our team is made up of a talented, diverse and special group of people who have a passion to serve our client families. We hope that by allowing each of our team members to choose their own photo, a little bit more of their unique personalities will shine through and you will be able to get to know them that much better.
The Cardinal Team
Jimmy is the fourth generation of the Cardinal family who has chosen to be a funeral director serving the families of Toronto. Jimmy began working at the funeral home during summer breaks from school in 2003, and it didn’t take him long to realize that joining the family business was unquestionably for him. After completing his studies in Economics at McGill University, he attended Humber College to obtain his Funeral Director’s License and graduated in 2012. In 2018 Jimmy was promoted to the position of President of Cardinal Funeral Homes as his father began to wind down his career and take a less active role in the day to day operations of the company. Along with his brother Andrew, Jimmy looks forward to carrying on the Cardinal family tradition of caring and compassionate service as we approach our 100th anniversary. Outside of work, Jimmy enjoys cheering on the Leafs, travelling with his wife Amy, spending time with his French Bulldog Gus and is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals.
“For as long as I can remember, being a funeral director is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Kim says. She feels it is an honour that families entrust the care of their deceased family members to her. “I will do everything I can to ensure the funeral is meaningful and perfectly organized.” After graduating with Honours in Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Kim pursued a funeral services diploma, graduating in 2007. She had already joined Cardinal the previous year as an intern. Her interests are reading, listening to music, camping and volunteering for charities that help animals.
Originally from Chatham, Kevin worked his way through University working at a local funeral home. He soon learned that his passion was serving families in their time of need and returned to school to become a funeral director, receiving his license in 1991. In his spare time Kevin is very involved in the local community, his church and is a Past State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus. He is also an avid Argos fan and loves to take long trips on his bike.
Michael has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2013, after searching for a meaningful career. He is patient and understanding and takes a lot of pride in his work, providing care and support for families. Born in Toronto, raised in Newfoundland, and settled back in Toronto since 2007, Michael spends his spare time refining his collection of vinyl records, and supporting his favourite team - Arsenal Football club.
Christine has been a licensed funeral director since 2015. After deaths in her personal circle and the different approaches from professionals towards the family and friends, she felt called to be a funeral director when she saw the positive effect a funeral director that cares can have when someone dies. When not at work Christine spends her free time reading, crafting and baking and has a passion for history, museums, learning and good food.
Like many of the families we serve, Clara was born in the Azores, but raised in Toronto. She decided to become a funeral director as a second career, after being exposed to the field through a friend and family. She is a member of Toronto and Ontario funeral services associations and finds it very gratifying to help families through the emotionally difficult time when a loved one has died. When not at Cardinal, Clara likes to read, travel and “do nothing”.
Kathy joined the Cardinal’s team in 2003. She works with families both before and after they need a funeral. A licensed funeral pre-planner, she helps people organize their funeral plans, so that their families will be spared the task when the need arises. She also delivers Cardinal’s Extended Family Services Program, helping families who have just experienced a loss to wind up the deceased’s affairs. With her fluency in Ukrainian and her professional expertise, Kathy is a godsend to many of our clients. She finds her work gives her “a really good feeling at the end of the day”. In her free time, you’ll find Kathy enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.
Prior to Debbie receiving her Funeral Directors license in 2013 she graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She was first introduced to funeral service while in high school but decided to obtain her arts degree first. After receiving her degree she worked part time at a local funeral home in the east end of Toronto. It did not take long for Debbie to realize that this was the career for her because Debbie loves to help people. She graduated from Humber College Funeral Service program in 2013 with Honours. When Debbie is not at work she loves to spend time with her family, watch movies, read, cook and scrapbook.
Toronto native Aaron joined Cardinal in 2005 and still finds the camaraderie of team to be exceptional. He likes working for families in their time of need and says his goal is always to take away their anxiety and stress about planning and experiencing a funeral. “The nicest thing a family can say to me is, ’thank you for making this so easy.” In his free time, Aaron enjoys cycling, movies and playing the guitar.
Like so many of Cardinal’s funeral directors, Bill was inspired to make this his life career after the death of someone very close to him – his father. A native Torontonian, Bill graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Service Education in June 2003, receiving the John Finn Memorial Award for outstanding achievement. “The thing I like best is knowing that I can help make the funeral process just that little bit easier like the funeral directors did for my family when my dad died.” When not at work, Bill enjoys spending time with his family.
Originally from Hagersville Ontario, Jessica moved to Toronto to pursue her career in the funeral profession. She received her funeral director's license in 2005 and began working at Cardinal as a funeral director in 2009. With additional certification in Supply Chain Management, she took on the role of Purchaser from 2011 to 2022 before returning to her original position as a funeral director serving families in need. When not at work, Jessica spends her time with her husband and their daughter. She is also an avid traveler with a love for old films.
Eva has been a licensed director in Toronto since 2013. She is passionate about her commitment to all of the families she cares for. Being able to guide families through an intensely difficult and stressful time is something she takes a great deal of pride in. An avid traveler, Eva has explored countries such as Colombia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Belize, Panama, and Ireland.
Born and raised in Toronto, Colleen became a Funeral Director as a second career after working in Ornithology for several years. The sequential loss of two close family members lead to some soul searching and upon the “joking suggestion” of her recently passed Nana, Colleen applied to work in a funeral home.
In 2016 she graduated from the Funeral Services Program at Humber College and has dedicated her career to ensuring families and their loved ones are cared for with the utmost dignity and respect.
In her spare time Colleen enjoys gardening and camping with her partner Adrian; as well as reading and relaxing with their many parrots and two cats.
Originally from Newfoundland, Katie now lives in Toronto with her partner and their dog. She became a licensed director in 2020 and joined the Cardinal team in 2021. Katie loves to read and is especially fond of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. When she isn't serving families, she likes to tend to her many plants or do something crafty, such as beadwork or crochet.
Amanda’s interest in the funeral profession began in high school during a co-op, she then graduated from the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College in 2009. When she isn’t helping families honour the life of their loved one she enjoys reading, camping and powerlifting.
Susan graduated from Humber College with honors in 2021. Although she is new to the role of funeral director, she is very eager to deliver the highest possible degree of service to families and is committed to doing everything in her power to achieve that goal. Susan lives with her partner and their cat in Etobicoke and when not at work she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, and proudly maintains that she is the #1 fan of The Who.
Brianne has wanted to be a licensed funeral director since high school. She obtained her funeral director’s license in 2012. Brianne is very honoured to serve families and to help people during what can be one of the most difficult time of someone’s life. When not at work she’s enjoys walking her dog Silas and hanging out with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.
After working for many years in the advertising field, Vera decided to make the decision to change careers and pursue work in the funeral industry.
Vera’s previous work experience is something that has added great value to the team at Cardinal’s. Specifically, her skills in co-ordination and communication enable Vera to adapt to the new challenges each day and ensure families wishes’ are reflected for each visitation and service. Vera has also made herself integral with overseeing large scale office projects that ensure the front office runs efficiently.
Working along side with her colleagues brings her great joy in making a contribution to helping the people in our community.
Charlotte started the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College in September 2021 in search of a more meaningful career and joined the Cardinal team as an intern in May 2022. She has lived and worked in the UK (where she is from), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, and is now settled in here in Canada. Charlotte’s interests outside of work and school include art, languages, reading, movies, and relaxing with her two cats.
Since joining Cardinal Funeral Homes in 2022, Robert has experienced both satisfaction and pride in being able to do his part to help families following the loss of a loved one. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, listening to music and playing guitar.
Born in Mexico City, Martha spent a portion of her childhood in Detroit before moving to Toronto when she was 9. Martha also spent 8 years in Ottawa before recently moving back to Toronto with her partner and her cat. When Martha isn't working, she is usually caring for her adorable cat, Simon, and dabbles in various hobbies such as a knitting, reading, and hiking.
Marshall is one of our dedicated and hard working Funeral Directors Assistants. He finds it a rewarding experience to be able to assist families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Marshall and his spouse settled in Toronto in 2015 after living in Southwestern Ontario for many years. They chose Toronto because, according to them both, it is the best city in Canada! When not at work, Marshall enjoys spending time with his dog, Marsha, exploring the city and spending time at the Toronto Island where you can often catch a glimpse of Marsha taking a refreshing swim.