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.
Andrew is the fourth generation of his family to work at the funeral home, and his passion for helping others has been growing ever since he started working during school breaks beginning in 2004. After earning a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from Dalhousie University majoring in Theatre, he obtained his funeral director’s license at Humber College in 2013. Andrew is proud to carry on the family tradition of serving the community with care and compassion and appreciates that he is able to see the tangible impact of his efforts on grieving families on a day to day basis. In his spare time, Andrew likes to exercise, compete in axe throwing, ride his motorcycle, meditate, indulge in gourmet cookies and spend time with friends.
With her education in Accounting and Human Resources, Shona keeps the business side of Cardinal Funeral Homes humming. She has worked full time at Cardinal since 1996, and part-time for ten years before that. “There’s a real respect among the team here, everyone feels like an “extended family.” When not on the job, Shona enjoys her hobbies of scuba diving and underwater photography. A certified scuba instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor, she is a member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. She has completed an 18-year stint as a volunteer with the Toronto Educational Opportunity Fund.
“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.
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.
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 is delighted to work in the role of Purchaser. 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.
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.
Mike’s first exposure to the funeral services field came during a summer job while he was studying Ambulance and Emergency Care at Niagara College. He worked for a transfer service, an organization that transfers the deceased from hospitals to funeral homes. In the course of the work, he got to know some funeral directors and found their field interesting. A funeral director since 1996, Mike joined Cardinal in January 2009. He is glad he made the move, “my colleagues here are really good people, very helpful to each other and focused on doing the best for the families who come to us.”
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.
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.
Born in Manila, Philippines, John and his family immigrated to Toronto when he was in his late teens. He became a funeral director as a second career after working in the financial industry. He graduated from Humber College in 1998 and served families as a Funeral Director in Scarborough, Ontario for several years. After John returned to financial services for the second time, he found that his heart was still longing for a sense of fulfillment. This prompted him to go back to funeral services as he realized that helping and being an encouragement to grieving families was his true passion. Aside from being a seasoned Funeral Director, John finds joy in the great outdoors. He enjoys rock climbing with his son and daughter, paddle boarding, mountain biking and camping with his family.
Born into a Portuguese family, Justin Silva Rebelo first started with Cardinal Funeral Homes as a co-operative education student while in high school. It was not long until Justin realized that he wanted to follow in his mothers footsteps and become a licensed funeral director. He received his funeral directors license in 2012 after completing his internship at Cardinals. He has now returned where he says ``I feel at home in the surrounding Portuguese community and I am very proud to serve families during the most difficult time in someone's life, when they have to say goodbye to a loved one``. When not at work he has an interest in cars, sport and spending time with family and friends. Justin is a proud Portuguese speaking funeral director and is eager to continue helping families alongside his mother.
Mark was thrilled to join Cardinal Funeral Homes after graduating from Humber College with honours in 2016. After his younger sister and Dad died, he knew becoming a funeral director was the right thing for him. Mark says, “One of the last things my sister did was wish me success; I define that as being fortunate enough to do what I love.” Mark’s favorite thing in the world is being Uncle Mark to his nieces and nephews. He thinks if you throw in indulging in some junk food, this is a recipe for a great time! Mark also loves to cook and watch cooking shows such as The Great British Bake Off as well as discovering great new local places to eat.
Jude’s career in funeral service started with a position as a service counsellor at Pine Hills Cemetery in Scarborough. She felt a connection with so many of the families that she assisted in selecting graves and creating markers/monuments and quickly realized that funeral service is where she belonged. So she headed to Humber College to earn her funeral director’s license, graduating in 1996 with honours. Jude counts it a privilege to have helped so many families over the years to plan, honour, remember and celebrate the lives of their everyday heroes.
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.
After completing her internship at Cardinal’s and receiving her Funeral Director License, Dianna was invited to continue working as a licensed Funeral Director in 2018. Dianna comes to Cardinal’s from the non-profit arts and culture sector. She has organized events of all styles and hopes to bring that same creativity, passion and attention to detail to the Cardinal community. Dianna is an avid reader and traveler and is always hungry for a gastro-adventure.
Harriet is proud to join the Cardinal team after completing her 2017 intern year. With a previous BFA degree from OCAD in fine arts and a background in event management she knew she wanted to use her planning skills to help people at one of the worst times of their lives. Harriet enjoys drawing, chess, and exploring Toronto’s many alleys looking for good street art.
While growing up, Paul experienced the loss of a number of family members and close friends. It was through these formative experiences that Paul became curious about how those individuals who worked within the funeral homes were able to comfort the family and friends who mourned. He noticed that they seemed to have a gift and he believed that he also had a gift that could pass this comfort onto grieving families. ``After all these years, I truly believe this feeling of curiosity, was actually my calling.`` No matter what the season; winter, spring, summer, fall, one will always find Paul on the run. Even after participating in numerous charity runs; 5ks, 10ks plus half marathons, Paul still wears his favourite shoes, Sauconys or Asics, while enjoying a run in his free time.
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.
After graduating from the Funeral Services Education program at Humber College, Patrice pursued his wish to work as a Funeral Director with a focus on the embalming trade. His fortunate and fulfilling career in funeral service eventually led him to work for the Cardinal family, beginning in 2019. “I am dedicated to serving those suffering from the loss of a loved one as well as, most importantly, directly caring for the person who has passed away.”
After attending Humber College, Ingrid was happy to join the Cardinal Funeral Homes team in 2020 as a Funeral Director Intern before staying on as a licensed Funeral Director upon the completion of her studies. Born and raised in Ukraine, she settled in Toronto in 2014 where she discovered her passion for serving others when she started working at a local funeral home. When not at work, Ingrid enjoys her time outdoors including hiking and cycling or with a good book and her favourite playlist.
Meet Joyce, one of the most down to earth, compassionate people you will ever meet. Relating to families that come through our door, providing that listening ear and providing comfort. Joyce brings with her a wealth of diverse life experience that she draws on to look after each family like they are her own.
Over the past few years, she has been a donor and sponsor for the Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer in support of Sick Kids, a charity so dear to her heart.
Joyce joined Cardinal in July of 2017 and has been a great asset to our families as she looks after each detail to make sure they receive the kind and compassionate service during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
`` A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal ``
- Steve Maraboli -
Born in Hong Kong, China, Antony and his family emigrated to Toronto in 1989. He worked as an Electrical Engineer in China and became a facility manager for a Canadian company upon his arrival. Antony takes pleasure in working; his ventures also include Hospital maintenance and Post delivery. In the early 2000s, Antony came across a job advertisement for a funeral home assistant in Scarborough. He welcomed the opportunity and brought his knowledge and expertise in Asian funeral rituals to the firm. After a brief one month retirement, he realized that he had a strong desire to return to work in the funeral profession. Cardinal’s welcomed Antony to our team in 2017. He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. Antony says that “during my experiences, I try to understand what each family’s needs are. I am sensitive to those and will do anything I can to help them to exceed their expectations.” In his spare time, Antony enjoys playing table tennis and basketball. He especially appreciates spending time fishing on his boat in Rice Lake.
Mike has worked in many different industries over the years, mainly in client services. He was looking for a career change when the position of Funeral Directors Assistant became available at Cardinal Funeral Homes. He feels that this is the perfect opportunity to be able to use his compassion and empathy where it is most useful.
When not at work, Mike loves spending time with his family, especially his new grandson. He also likes gardening, cooking and movies.
After several years of running her own business as a Funeral Celebrant, Sara was proud to join the Cardinal team as Staff Celebrant and Creative Memorial Planner in 2020. She is passionate about the invaluable experience of a personalized, storytelling Celebration of Life and the bridge to healing these services provide for grieving families and their loved ones. Sara is also a proud mom who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, playing piano, watching sports, a good cabernet sauvignon and any time spent in nature.
While dealing with Health and Safety and HR in his previous job in the food industry, Stephen found that he could be a powerful advocate for people in need. As a sympathetic individual, he felt that his people skills would translate well into the funeral industry.
When not at work, Stephen enjoys running his ball hockey team, watching sports, and traveling to southern destinations. Stephen is also a family man, who enjoys spending time with his wife and raising their daughter and 2 stepsons. Stephen’s qualities include loyalty, dependability, and he is always ready with a good one liner to make people laugh and smile.
Karolane, originally from Quebec, is passionate about airplanes and was a Flight attendant for 5 years before joining the Cardinal Team. Due to the pandemic, she had to reorient her career and decided to go back to her very first choice, working in a funeral home. ``As long as I remember, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Helping people through difficult times is so rewarding.`` In her free time, she likes to take long walks by the water with a Starbucks coffee and good company. Being a high caliber figure skater, she also loves going skating during the winter months.
Having previous experience in the funeral business, Patrick decided to return to it, and helping to serve the community, upon returning to Canada from abroad. Through living in a foreign country for many years, and travelling extensively, Patrick is multilingual and open to diverse cultures.
In his spare time, Patrick enjoys the great outdoors, travel, cooking, gaming, and movies.