About Community Alternative
IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOICE
John Cunningham, a fully licensed funeral director for since 1985, believes families deserve choices regarding funeral arrangements, as much as at any other time of life. That’s why, in 2004, he opened Community Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. on Hunter Street, just west of the bridge.
"I had worked at other funeral homes in the past and I could see that while there were a number of good funeral homes, there just wasn’t a lot of choice for families when it came to the cost of funeral services." said Cunningham, who owns the business with his wife, Heather, a local teacher.
"We are a full-service traditional funeral home that provides families with an alternative to the traditionally high cost of funeral services. Until we opened, there just wasn’t a lot of choice.”
Cunningham stresses that Community Alternative Funeral Home is locally owned and operated, not part of a multinational funeral conglomerate or a franchise. Caskets are manufactured locally and he supports and promotes many local businesses. The staff has grown to 8 full time and 8 part time positions, including Gary Stewart, former MPP and a licensed funeral director since 1960. Gary is available to meet with families on an at-need or pre-need basis.