Kevin Frederick Almond, Managing Funeral Director
Owner and Managing Director of Ferguson Funeral Home Inc. in Meaford.
Kevin was raised in Meaford where he attended both Elementary and Secondary School.
Kevin began his working career with a local Consulting Engineering firm but determined after six years that he would return to further his education in another field of endeavour.
He graduated from the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College with honours in 1979 and began a career in funeral service as a licensed director in that year.
He has been with the Ferguson Funeral Homes since 1987 and purchased the business in 2002 following the death of Allan A. Ferguson in 2000.
Kevin has been involved in the administration of Hockey in Ontario for many years beginning locally with the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association and Georgian Bay Minor Hockey League. He served for 24 years as an Executive Member and Officer of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and as its President from 2002 through 2004. He continues in his role as a Past President and Secretary of its Maintenance Trust Committee.
Shawn Michael Smithson, Funeral Assistant
Shawn was raised in Meaford where he attended both Elementary School and Georgian Bay Secondary School.
He began working with the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford while attending Secondary School assisting in many aspects of funeral service. His interest in assisting families served by the Ferguson Funeral Homes evolved to his desire to obtain certification as a Funeral Director.
Shawn became a graduate of Humber College Funeral Service Education in 1981 and obtained his Ontario Funeral Director’s License in that same year and continued his profession with the Ferguson Funeral Homes. Although Shawn retired his license in 2021 his many years of experience have provided him with the knowledge and expertise required to provide excellent service to the community in his new role as a Funeral Assistant.
Shawn is dedicated to serving the community and the profession and has served as a Director of the Georgian Bay Funeral Service Association.
When time permits, Shawn enjoys spending time fishing in and around Georgian Bay and he looks forward to his annual fishing trip into northern Ontario.
Johanna Beth Hayward, Funeral Director
Johanna (née Almond) was born and raised in Meaford where she attended Elementary School and later graduated from Georgian Bay Secondary School.
Johanna, an honours graduate of the Developmental Service Worker Program at Georgian College in Orillia (1994), enjoyed her position as a Support Counsellor for twelve years with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, supporting individuals with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Johanna decided to return to school in 2005 and began her studies at Humber College in the Funeral Services Program relocating to Meaford and successfully completing her internship with the Valley Chapel location.
Johanna graduated from Humber College with honours in 2007 and attained her Ontario Funeral Director’s License that same year and became a welcomed addition to the staff of the Ferguson Funeral Homes.