Bocchinfuso Funeral Home Family
Owner / Class 1 Funeral Director (2010)
After receiving her Hairstylists Licence in 2000, Kelly realized she wanted to serve grieving families, and started working in the funeral industry in 2005 as a Funeral Director's Assistant at three funeral homes. Kelly obtained her Funeral Directors Licence at a funeral home she later went on to manage. After managing two funeral homes with her husband Rick, they purchased the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home in Thorold on March 18, 2015. Kelly is a second-generation Funeral Director and eighth generation of the Liddycoat family that has called Thorold home. Kelly 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, and as past chair of the Niagara Area Business Women's Network, a group which recently presented Kelly with the Networker of the Year Award . Kelly was also the recipient of the Women In Niagara Young Entrepreneur Award for 2017.
Owner / Class 1 Funeral Director (1988)
After receiving his business diploma from Fleming College and his Funeral Services Diploma from Humber College in Toronto, Rick began his Funeral Service career on January 1, 1986. After managing two funeral homes 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, and is now President 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 belongs to the Port Dalhousie Power and Sail Squadron in St. Catharines, where he is a member of the Bridge, an organization which provides education about safe boating
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, and Chairman of the Board of Managers with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener.
Cathy has spent the majority of her life working and volunteering in Thorold, including 10 years assisting bereaved families at Lakeview Cemetery. Cathy and her husband, Bob Liddycoat, co-owned the former Thorold News (print version) along with their partner, Doug Youmans, and restarted the Thorold News (online version) in December, 2017. For many years, they collected food for the Thorold branch of Community Care, and they're long-time members of the Canal Bank Shuffle Committee. Cathy joined the Bocchinfuso Funeral Home part-time in 2016, and considers it a privilege to help families in their time of need.
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 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.
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.
Funeral Directors Assistant
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.
Funeral Directors Assistant
Bill grew up in Merritton and recently retired after a 43-year career as a plumber with E.S. Fox Ltd. He now enjoys greeting visitors and assisting families at Bocchinfuso Funeral Home. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do—help out in whatever way I can.”
Had he not already been established in his occupation, Bill says he would have pursued becoming a funeral director.
Bill has two daughters, and his favourite hobby is spending time with his four grandchildren. He also stays busy playing the sports he loves—golf, hockey, and curling.
Funeral Directors Assistant
Carlo is a lifelong Thorold resident and proud owner of Performance Heating & Air of Thorold. A father of three and grandfather of two, he’s a board member of CrimeStoppers of Niagara.
Carlo has a passion for working with people and for his community.
“I enjoy conversing with people; hearing their life stories,” he says. “It brings me a sense of enjoyment.”
Carlo is also a motorcycle enthusiast and former drag racer at Toronto Motorsports.
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.