Bocchinfuso Funeral Home was built as a funeral home in 1972. Formerly the Lamb Funeral Home, built by Bill Lamb, is located in downtown Thorold. Purchased in 2015 by husband and wife team, Rick Westlake and Kelly Liddycoat, the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home has been Thorold’s premier family-run funeral home for more than 40 years. With the addition of experienced Funeral Director Krystal Riddell (née Rea), Rick, Kelly and Krystal will facilitate any burial, entombment or cremation requirement. Although their in-house chapel can accommodate up to 175 people for funeral, memorial or non-denominational services, they can also arrange funerals offsite -- from small graveside services to large funeral services at any of the numerous places of worship or other locations in Thorold and surrounding area. As part of our service, Rick, Kelly and Krystal will help plan receptions at the location of your choice.
Bocchinfuso Funeral Home also offers many unique funeral products for our families. Custom-made 3D printed urns, designed and manufactured through EtURNal Memorials, can be produced in the shape of items that were meaningful to your loved one. We also offer a variety of personalized options, everything from custom, locally-made urns to memorial keepsakes.
In terms of education, Rick, Kelly and Krystal pride themselves on their experience and professional standing in the industry. Rick received his business diploma from Fleming College in Peterborough and his funeral services diploma from Humber College in Toronto. After attaining her Hairdressing and Cosmetology license, and working in an unlicensed capacity for several years, Kelly also attained her funeral director’s license through Humber College. Krystal also earned her funeral directors licence at Humber College, and with ten years’ experience, is available to serve your family in her hometown of Thorold.
Always looking to support their community, Rick, Kelly and Krystal have become deeply involved with several local organizations. Rick serves on the executive for the Kiwanis Club of St. Catharines, serves on the Bridge of the Port Dalhousie Power & Sail Squadron and as an active member with the Business Network International. Kelly serves on the Board of the Thorold Community Activities Group, on the Board with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where she is also a member and on the Executive of the Niagara Area Business Women’s Network. Krystal is a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church and serves on the executive with the Catholic Women’s League. She is also an executive member of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association.
They also support several community programs including golf tournaments, church events and sports teams as well as special initiatives like “Gifts from Above” -- a Christmas toy drive set up for Community Care, and Prom Project for The Education Foundation of Niagara, among many others. Bocchinfuso Funeral Home is also pleased to showcase your organization by helping promote your events on their Community Board in their front foyer.
It’s all part of their commitment to lending a hand where it’s needed most.
We Wish You A Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
- Don't leave candles or fires unattended.
- Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip.
- Use secured screens on your fireplace front.
- Clean and inspect your chimney annually.
- Make sure wood smoke does not come into the room.
- Keep children and pets away from hot surfaces like wood stoves, glass fireplace fronts, cooktops, ovens, and so on.
- Snuff out candles and put fires out before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Keep fire and candles away from children, pets and combustible materials.
- Keep matches, lighters and other dangerous items away from children.
- Ensure children are always supervised around candles and fires.
- If buying a real tree, make sure it's fresh, water it daily and store in a cool place until ready to decorate. Secure the tree well, use a sturdy stand and dispose of the tree after holidays or if needles start to fall.
- Make sure you have enough fire extinguishers in your home and locate them for convenient use. Ensure they are checked regularly and recharged as necessary.
- Most household fire extinguishers are rated as ABC, to deal with A = paper, wood cardboard, and most plastics; B = flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil; and C = electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets.
- Only use lights and extension cords that are CSA, ULC or cUL-certified, discarding any that are frayed, have exposed wires, loose connections or broken light sockets.
- Don't use indoor lights outside.
- Don't run electrical cords throgh doorways or under carpets.
- Don't overload electrical outlets.
- Turn off all holiday lights before you go to bed or leave your home.
- Have a planned escape route or routes from your home in the event of an emergency like a fire. Know how you will escape from a second floor or basement. Determine how best to evacuate your pets. Hold practice drills for the entire family.
- Keep a first aid kit at the ready.
- Remove wrapping paper and clutter from your home that could catch fire.
- Keep sidewalks, walkways, paths, driveways and stairs free from trip and fall hazards like snow and ice.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and test them at least monthly, replace any batteries at least annually and replace entire units according to the manufacturer's specifications.