From the very beginning, Carson Funeral Homes has responded sensitively to the needs of people, and after over 50 years, the tradition of trust and care continues.
The staff at Carson Funeral Homes live and work within our community as our friends and neighbours, supporting various service clubs, local churches and community organizations. All of our staff are trained in grief counselling, being aware of, and responding to, the individual needs of every family we serve. Every person and every funeral is different. Many of our funerals are still quite traditional. The funeral services which we provide, help bring families comfort in a time of grief. Yet, many people today are asking for more personalized services, including the display of mementos, pictures, live music and a service held in non-traditional settings. Being sensitive also means helping to organize the right funeral within a family's budget.
But our relationships don't end with the funeral service. We follow-up for several months with people who are in need of grief counselling, and will refer them to professional assistance if required. We also help secure any advice that may be needed with estate and legal issues.
The pre-planning of funerals is also becoming more common, and our professional staff is on hand to offer assistance. Pre-planning a funeral can help prevent the stress that family members face when arranging the funeral of a loved one. It can be very hard on a family to suddenly have to make decisions about a funeral, especially if the death was unexpected.
Our staff are here to meet your needs and help you to plan the funeral that best suits your family's traditions and values, whether through a unique and personalized service or a more traditional one. We are here for you.
Funeral Homes Administration
Bob Carson - Founder August 11, 1941 - January 21, 2014
Bob Carson, owner and President of both the Lynn Chapel of Carson Funeral Home in Midland, and the Doolittle Chapel in Orillia, has been working in the funeral industry for almost 50 years. He and his wife Ann, and their 3 sons, Rob, Dan, and Dave, have called Simcoe County home for over 30 years.
As a 17-year old, Bob was drawn to the funeral service profession following the death of his father due to the kind and caring treatment his family received. He began working full-time for Humphrey Funeral Home in Toronto shortly afterwards, simultaneously working towards his Funeral Director’s License in the evenings. Bob and Ann purchased a small funeral home in Brooklin, Ontario, near Whitby, in 1975, which they ran for several years before purchasing the Doolittle Funeral Home-Crawford Chapel in Orillia in 1982. In 1995, Bob and Ann purchased the Lynn-Funeral Home in Midland, again promising to continue the care and service that the Midland area had come to expect from James Lynn, a tradition of service and care in a family-owned environment.
Bob is very active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and the Shrine Club. He is also past-president of the Orillia & Area Chamber of Commerce, and a past member of the board of directors for both the Georgian Bay Lung Association and the Salvation Army.
Ann Carson - President
Ann Carson has been involved in the funeral service profession with her husband for over 25 years. She and her husband Bob, and their three adult children Rob, Dan, and Dave, have called called Simcoe County home for almost 30 years. In addition to working with her family at both the Lynn Chapel of Carson Funeral Home in Midland, and the Doolittle Chapel in Orillia, she is a very active member of the community. Ann is involved in the Quota Club, the Women’s Business Association and Breast Cancer Recovery. Since Bob's passing in 2014, Ann and her son Dave carry on the family business in the way that Bob envisioned.
David Carson - Owner/Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
David was raised in Orillia and attended Hillcrest Public School, and then O.D.C.V.I. where he graduated with honours in 1998. Following high school, Dave continued his education at the Royal Military College of Canada where he obtained an Honours degree in Business Administration as well as receiving a Queens Commission as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. After serving as a reservist in the military for several years, Dave decided to follow in his father's footsteps and enrolled at Humber College in August of 2004. He worked at Ward Funeral Home while attending school, and completed his apprenticeship at Turner and Porter Funeral Home in Toronto. Dave graduated with honours and received his funeral directors license in June of 2006.
Dave has always been very active in his community, and currently serves as President of the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce. You may also recognize him from his time on the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation where he was a board member for 5 years, or from a variety of other charitable events which he is a fixture at year over year.
Dave looks forward to his continuing commitment to the city of Orillia and all the families that he has the privilege to serve.
L. Doolittle Chapel - Orillia, Ontario Canada
Kelly Stewart - Licensed Funeral Director/ Preplanning Specialist/ Aftercare Counsellor
Kelly was raised in Caledon where she loved horses and being on the farm. Her first real job was working for Armstrong Farms where she travelled to the States for various horse Sales and where she met her husband Bryan. She maintained this job while she attended Western University and got her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. After much sole searching, she decided that a career in funeral services was her calling and in 2004 attended Humber College. Kelly worked at the Scott Funeral Home in Brampton while she was in school and continued her career there until 2015.
After the birth of their second child, Kelly and her husband decided to settle back into their country roots and moved to Orillia to raise their family.
Kelly joined the Carson’s team in June of 2015 and found that her busy family life and working at both of Carson’s locations in Midland and Orillia has been an exciting, perfect balance of both work and family. In her spare time she enjoys biking and roller blading around the lake and spending precious time with family both and at home and at their family cottage in Honey Harbour.
Karen Whitaker - Receptionist
Karen was raised in Uptergrove and attended ODCVI High School in Orillia, She graduated as a registered nurse from Georgian Collage Orillia and worked for 4 years in Geriatrics at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Karen is married to Scott and has 4 children and 3 Grandchildren. Over the years Karen has provided Daycare has worked for a catering business and has volunteered playing the piano at schools, churches, nursing homes, and at the Hospital. Karen currently does Housekeeping and cares for many seniors. In her spare time Karen is active in her church, loves spending time with her family, gardening, baking and walking her 2 active beagles. We are happy to have Karen as a part of the Carson Family team, Karen loves being able to help people in their most difficult time of need.
Jon Griffiths - Licensed Funeral Director/Preplanning Specialist/Aftercare Counsellor
Jon Griffiths has been been involved in funeral service for over 30 years. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 of these years. In 1990 Jon received his Diploma in Funeral Service Education from Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Etobicoke and Obtained his Ontario Funeral Director's License from the Ontario Board of Funeral Service. After completing his apprentiship at McKersie Funeral Home in Milton, Ont., Jon moved to Orillia in 1990 to pursue his career in Funeral Service and joined the Carson Funeral Home family in 1997.
Jon is very active in the Orillia community, getting involved in many of his children’s activities including, being a Beaver Leader and a Scout Leader for Scouts Canada, officiating for his daughter's swim club, (The Orillia Channel Cats) and has coached for his son and daughter's T-Ball teams. He is also a 25 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #34, Orillia. Jon was on the Board of Directors for the Orillia Kiwanis Club and the past Vice President of the Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club. He is a former member of the Orillia Y's Men's Club After being diagnosed with MS in 2006 he has become a huge supporter of the MS Society of Canada, participating in the MS Super Cities Walk to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Jon resides in Orillia with his two children, Jon Jr. and Lya. In his spare time Jon enjoys quality time with his family, traveling, swimming, long walks, gardening, bowling, baseball and has a passion for hockey.
Sue Morris - Funeral Director's Assistant/Community Outreach Coordinator
Sue Morris is a long time resident of Orillia. Having retired from a career providing home daycare, she joined the Carson Funeral Home family in 2006 in the capacity of Funeral Director's Assistant, Receptionist, and Administration. Sue works on our Educational Seminars as the Community Outreach Coordinator to ensure that our families are educated and are able to make knowable decisions about pre-planning. Sue believes in our mission that “Being Prepared Made Simple” really is helping our families to be truly informed. Sue is married to David Morris and they have two sons, Tyler and Zachary and daughter Inlaw Marlee, Additionally, Sue is actively involved in volunteer work throughout the Orillia community. She currently works with Mariposa House Hospice, and Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, Breast Friend’s Cancer Peer Group, Orillia Jr. Lacrosse ,and is an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #34, Orillia and has volunteered for the Orillia Scottish Festival for many years. Sue is co-founder of the Guardian Angels Christmas Wish Dinner. In her spare time, Sue enjoys scrap booking, baking, reading and spending time with her family.
Fran Pirrie - Receptionist
Fran Pirrie: I began working at Carsons’ during the winter of 2013. I am honored to be there to help someone navigate through what is one of the most vulnerable times in a persons’ life. Kind words, a helping hand and smile, go a long way to making the difference and the best part of working at Carsons’ is knowing that everyone else working alongside me feels the same way. When I am not working at Carson’s I am busy with my home business, Franni Granola, selling at local markets and on line – or I am on my farm, chopping, fixing or growing something.
Bill Schieck - Funeral Director Assistant
Originally from Kingston, Bill moved to Orillia in 1981 after joining the O.P.P. Bill spent his policing career in the Orillia area and retired in 2012 after 31 years of dedicated service. Bill married Theresa Simpson and they had 2 boys, Bill Jr. and Michael. Bill joined the Carson team in July 2013, as a funeral Director Assistant.
”It has been wonderful to join such a caring and compassionate group of people assisting families in their time of need.”
Bill has managed his sons hockey team, been a member of the Masonic Lodge, and has been a travel agent for 25 years, assisting family and friends and the community with their travel vacations. He enjoys trips to the casino, traveling the world, and spending time with his family and their 2 dogs.
Sheila Ego - Receptionist
Sheila Ego was raised in Jarratt, Ontario. Sheila attended public school in the area and graduated from Park Street Collegiate in Orillia. She then proceeded to Georgian College in Barrie where she received her diploma as a legal secretary. Sheila has recently retired after 35 years as a legal secretary at a law firm in Barrie. She joined Carson Funeral Homes in September, 2013 as a part time receptionist. Sheila is married to Robert Ego, as well as a member and elder, Sunday school superintendent at Willis Presbyterian Church in Jarratt. Sheila enjoys working alongside her husband on the farm doing strawberries and maple syrup. She is on a 10 pin bowling league in Barrie and in her spare time enjoys reading and going for walks.
Ed Godden - Funeral Director Assistant
Ed is originally from Toronto. After receiving a Masters degree from University of Toronto, he co-founded Robert Land Academy, Canada’s only boys private school with a military theme. Ed left Robert Land after 7 successful years to join the Ontario public service. He enjoyed a number of productive and interesting jobs, managing various adult education and apprenticeship programs. He finished his career as the Academic Manager of the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst for 12 years.
Ed has lived very happily in Orillia for 15 years with his wife Tracey, son Mason and daughter Claudia. He considers working for Carson Funeral Home a continuation of his public service. “It’s an important service for everyone and nothing feels better than helping people through some of their most difficult days. Especially in this kind of professional and caring environment.”
J.H. Lynn Chapel - Midland, Ontario Canada
Shaelyn Williamson-Melvin - Licensed Funeral Director
Shaelyn was born in Toronto, and shortly after moved with her family to Midland. Shaelyn is the youngest of three children. She attended Midland Secondary School and in 2004 as a co-op student she did a placement at the “Carson Funeral Homes Lynn Chapel” on First St. in Midland. After her co-op she decided this was the career she wished to pursue and after graduation in 2005 she started with the Carson Funeral Homes Lynn Chapel fulltime. Shaelyn went to school to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Humber College Toronto. Shaelyn took a year off when she had her son Connor in 2009 but a year later she finished her internship and graduated in 2011.
Shaelyn married Jeff Dorion of Midland in June 2016. Shaelyn enjoys spending time with her husband, son, three step kids and their dogs. Shaelyn also enjoys running, working out with her husband and spending time at their cottage in Hastings and is happy to call Midland home.
We are pleased to have Shaelyn as part of our family serving your family when you need our expertise and services.
Sam "Noreen" Scott - Receptionist
Samantha “Sam” Scott may have been born and raised near Waubaushene, ON but she has been fortunate enough to have travelled abroad allowing her to do some truly amazing things. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Sam’s life unfolded in many unique ways. An early experience brought her to the U.S.A. where she acted as a nanny for a very prominent family. As well, she had the not so small task of managing the dining room of the Aston Resort on Lake Muskoka for several years, and more recently was the proud owner/operator of “Sam’s Anitiques” in Midland. Although far too numerous to mention Sam’s various career experiences have allowed her an extraordinary life. Any would be listener will be captivated by her stories and her personal wisdom.
Since 1999 Sam has been a faithful volunteer for the Rebecca Lodge #199 in Midland, holding roles of Noble Grand from 2006 to 2011, and now her current position of Chaplain of the Rebecca Assembly of Ontario. Sam is committed and diligent in the obligations she is called to and you will always find her lending a helping hand wherever needed. She is extremely proud of her heritage, her community, and especially of her two children and 2 grandchildren. Sam is a strong yet humble woman, a compassionate listener and a valued personality to have with us here at Carson Funeral Homes in Midland.
Don Penrose - Funeral Director Assistant
Don was born and raised in Toronto. In 1971 after graduating from Community College Don became a Police Officer and worked for The Metropolitan Toronto Police Service, Penetanguishene Police Service. In 1996 Don was amalgamated into the OPP and worked in Midland General Headquarters, retiring in 2008 as a Detective Sergeant.
Don in active in the community. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair on the Stewardship Community at St Paul’s United Church. Don also volunteers at the Guest house.
Don has two daughters, and three grandchildren with whom he loves spending time with. Don can be found on Georgian Bay in the summer with his wife Sharon, sailing Symmetry II when he is not working.
Don’s life experiences have contributed to his understanding of compassion and assisting people in crisis.
Bruce Gignac - Funeral Director Assistant
Born and raised in Midland Bruce graduated from Midland Secondary School, and then later graduated from Georgian College as a Registered Practical Nurse.Recently retired after 32 yrs from the Penetang Mental Centre, Oakridge Division for Maximum Security as a Security Attendant 3, RPN.
Married to Kathy Ogden, they have 2 children Travis(Jen), Kyla(Brock) and 2 grandchildren Linkin & Callie. In 2006 Bruce was blessed to be able to donate a "Kidney" to his wife after she suffered for many years from Polycystic Kidney & Liver Disease. Bruce has first hand experience as a Caregiver for family members with Dementia & Alzheimer's as well in Palliative Care. He loves spending time with his grandchildren enjoys walking, skiing, bowling.
His personal slogan is "Life is to be Lived".
Bruce expressed to the Carson family that he always had interest in funeral services, and started as a volunteer in 2012. Bruce joined our team as a Funeral Director Assistant upon is retirement in 2014.
Joe D'Alessandro - Funeral Director Assistant
Joe was born and raised in Toronto's "Little Italy", to Italian immigrant parents, and speaks the language. He has resided in the Town of Midland since 1989. Joe retired as a Sergeant in January 2015 from the Ontario Provincial Police Quality Assurance Unit in Orillia GHQ. His 30 year policing career has taken him throughout the province, including postings in Blind River, Elmvale, Wasaga Beach, Barrie ComCentre, Orillia Provincial Communications Centre and other positions within OPP GHQ.
Married to Sandy for 30 years, they have been blessed with two daughters Nicole and Danielle who bring them much joy. Joe is a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Margaret's Church in Midland. The past 5 years he has assisted with the running of the parish youth group. Most recently, the youth group transitioned to and joined the Federation of North American Explorers.
Joe enjoys running and has completed 5 half marathons as well as shorter runs. He plays recreational hockey, volleyball and is a true Toronto sports fan. Time spent with his extended family, including nieces and nephews, is always cherished.
Becoming part of the Carson family is providing Joe another opportunity to serve the people of Midland and surrounding communities with care and compassion during a difficult and challenging time in their lives.