Bocchinfuso Funeral Home Family
Licenced Staff

Kelly Liddycoat
Owner / Class 1 Funeral Director (2010)
Kelly was born in Hawksbury, Ontario. After receiving her Hairstylists Licence in 2000, she started working in the funeral industry in 2005 as an FDA with three funeral homes in the Kitchener area. Kelly obtained her Funeral Directors Licence while working in Peterborough, at a funeral home she later went on to manage.  After managing two Funeral Homes in Peterborough with her husband Rick, they purchased the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home in Thorold on March 18, 2015.  Kelly is a second-generation Funeral Director and is dedicated to serving in her community, as shown by her commitment while serving as a member of the Board of Managers with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, member of the Board with Thorold Community Activities Group, as current Treasurer for Niagara Area Business Women's Network and as Past Treasurer on the board of Victim Services Peterborough Northumberland

Rick Westlake
Owner / Class 1 Funeral Director (1988)
Rick was born in Peterborough, Ontario and after receiving his business diploma from Fleming College in Peterborough and his Funeral Services Diploma from Humber College in Toronto, began his Funeral Service Career on January 1, 1986. After managing two Funeral Homes in Peterborough with his wife Kelly, they purchased the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home in Thorold on March 18, 2015.  Rick has been a dedicated Kiwanian since 1992, serving as President of three different clubs in Peterborough and is now President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of St. Catharines.  He was the founding Chairman of the Peterborough Chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2012. Rick enjoys boating when time allows and has been a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron since 1995. He has recently transferred his membership to the Port Dalhousie Power and Sail Squadron in St. Catharines where he is a member of the Bridge.

Krystal Riddell
Class 1 Funeral Director (2007)
Krystal (nee Rea) was raised in and always considered Thorold as her home. Krystal graduated from Thorold Secondary School in 2005. Immediately following high school, she moved to Toronto and attended Humber College, to become a Licensed Funeral Director. Krystal completed her internship and continued to work at a funeral home in St. Catharines for the past 10 years. Throughout the years, Krystal was involved in organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of St. Catharines- Thorold & District and she contributed to the Campaign for the United Way St. Catharines & District. Recently, Krystal was given the opportunity to join our family at the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home. It is with great honour and pleasure that Krystal was able to “come home” and she looks forward to helping families in Thorold and the surrounding area. Currently, Krystal is an executive board member for the Niagara District Funeral Service Association.  Krystal has recently joined Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church and she is proud to be serving and growing within the Thorold community.

Ted Liddycoat
Class 1 Funeral Director (1972)
Ted was born and raised in Thorold and earned his Diploma in Funeral Services in 1972 while apprenticing under Noble S. Crowe and Bill Lamb.  In 1973, Ted and his wife Marcia (nee Bradley), moved to Vankleek Hill, Ontario to run E.J. Liddycoat Funeral Home and eventually also ran E.J. Liddycoat Insurance as a Licenced Insurance Broker  in that same community.  In 1985, Ted and Marcia moved to Kitchener, to raise their four children, where Ted took over management of The Ratz Bechtel Funeral Home Ltd.   Ted has always been very involved in his community and the Funeral Service Community, serving in such capacities as Chairman of the Board of Funeral Services, Chairman of the Board of Managers with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener.

Support Staff

Cathy Pelletier
Administrative Assistant
Cathy has spent the majority of her life working and volunteering in Thorold, including 10 years assisting bereaved families at Lakeview Cemetery. Cathy's journalism career was launched as the former office manager, copy editor and columnist for the Thorold News, and for many years she collected food for the Thorold branch of Community Care before becoming a member of the Canal Bank Shuffle Committee. Having recently joined the team at Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Cathy considers it a privilege to help families in their time of need.

Judy Wright
Raised in Thorold, Judy has spent the past two decades assisting families during funerals at Bocchinfuso Funeral Home. Her friendly face is often the first thing visitors see when they walk through the front door, and in addition to welcoming and guiding visitors through the facility, she also accepts donations from those who wish to make a charitable contribution in memory of their loved one. Previously, Judy worked for a local podiatrist for 35 years, and she was a founding, long-standing member of the original Thorold Arts & Crafts Show Committee.


Valerie McCartney
Valerie has enjoyed greeting and helping families at Bocchinfuso Funeral Home for the past 16 years. In 2005, she took it a step further, earning her Certificate from the In-Sight Institute to become a funeral celebrant. This enabled her to offer comfort by delivering secular services to people with no particular religious affiliation, since she believes everyone deserves a dignified funeral. Valerie guides the family, planning and personalizing each service to honour their loved one in a meaningful way. A former mature student at Niagara College, she was awarded the Academic Award while enrolled in the Business Administration and Marketing program. Val is an avid Niagara River Lions Basketball and Toronto Raptors fan.

Paul Feor

For 10 years now, Paul has welcomed families at Bocchinfuso's front door. He frequently assists at services, both behind the wheel as a funeral coach driver, and helping transport floral tributes. A former letter carrier for St. Catharines/Thorold, Paul and his parents--the late Joseph and Angelina--are proud lifelong Thorold residents. Paul is a member of Club Capri and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. He and his wife, Theresa (Aiello), have three children and two grandchildren.

Vanda Persia
Italian Interpreter

Vanda joined the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home family in 1999 and has done everything from meet with the families to assisting with hair and makeup. The Persia family has deep roots in Thorold, and Vanda has been an active member of many community groups, including the Italian Club at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, the McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation, the Craig Matthew Persia Foundation, and the former Merritton Lioness Club. Vanda also worked at ScotiaBank for 25 years as well as Thorold Foodland, and now works at Canadian Tire Financial, where she empowers families who can't afford to participate in sports the opportunity to do so through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

Amelia Franceschini


Amelia has a passion for people, and has thoroughly enjoyed her time helping families at the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, where she's frequently seen greeting and guiding visitors, accepting charitable donations, or assisting wherever she's needed. A lifelong Thorold resident, Amelia has been a proud member of the Thorold Figure Skating Club for 21 years and taken on the role of club President for the past eight years. She and her husband Jerry have two children and the Franceschini family makes their home in Thorold.

Stacey Passmore

Stacey's keen eye for cleanliness is what keeps our chandeliers sparkling and beautiful facility absolutely spotless at all times. For the past 10 years, she has maintained our funeral home with her meticulous touch. A mother of two and grandmother of four, Stacey makes her home in Thorold, and when not cleaning homes for a living, she enjoys spending time with her family and Dutch Shepherd dog, Gia.

Nicole Foster
Live music at a funeral can make a service more memorable, and Bocchinfuso Funeral Home proudly offers that option to families who prefer the sound of live music to CDs. Our resident Organist and Soloist, Nicole Foster, is Music Minister and Choir Director for Sacred Heart Church in Chippawa, and when not performing at weddings, fundraising events or receptions, she also teaches private piano and singing lessons in her home music studio in Niagara Falls.