Our Staff

We promise to work with you and your family in your time of need to create the perfect memorial service for your loved one. We will be here for you today, as well as tomorrow. Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you. 

We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. Our compassionate and caring team work hard each and every day to make sure that the members of our community and beyond are taken care of during such a difficult time. For advice on what to do when a loved one is dying, making funeral arrangements, pre-arranging your own funeral, or anything else, please feel free to contact us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Brett Denning

Brett received his licence in 2002.  His professionalism and caring nature has secured our reputation as the leading firm in the area.  Brett enjoys his work with the Watford Optimist Club. He and his wife Courtney are the parents of three boys; Will, Nick and Alex and daughter Grace.

Email me at: brett@denning.ca

Bill Denning

Bill wanted to be a funeral director since he was a young man helping his dad, grandfather and great grandfather.  He received his licence in 1998.  Bill has enjoyed being active in many professional associations as well as a number of local community groups.  Bill is the proud father of Ben.  Bill loves to help families create meaningful ways to say goodbye.

Email me at:  bill@denning.ca

Sam Di Cesare

Sam was licensed in 1997 and takes great care to ensure the families he serves are comfortable and at ease.  Sam is quite possibly the most talented funeral technician in Ontario.  Sam's passions outside the funeral home include gardening and caring for animals.  Sam resides in Forest where he is always available to assist and serve the families of Lambton Shores and surrounding area.

Email me at:  sam@denning.ca

Brad Denning

Brad grew up around the funeral home.  After the retirement of Bill Sr. and his father Al, Brad stepped into the management role in Strathroy.  Nowadays, he manages the office and keeps our computers running.  He has been a constant presence in the community since receiving his licence and returning to Strathroy in 1987.  He is married to Marcy and is the proud father of Damon, Connor and Danielle.  

Email me at:  brad@denning.ca

Jill Zavitz

Jill grew up in Strathroy and returned to her home town to add to her profession after she received her licence in 2005.  She is available to meet with families at all of our chapels or in your home to discuss funeral planning options and provide assistance on the more than 100 separate notifications and cancellations required when death occurs.  She and her husband John Artuso have one son, Cooper.  She is an avid runner, book worm and foodie.   

Email me at: jill@denning.ca

Jamie Carter

Jamie was born and raised in the small Northern Ontario town of New Liskeard and grew up camping, fishing and playing hockey.  He received his Funeral Director's License in 2002 and has worked in Toronto, Milton, London and now hangs his hat proudly as manager of Denning’s of Strathroy, Ailsa Craig and Watford.  Jamie has three wonderful children, Alexis, Mia and Cole.  Jamie serves the people in his community like family and will go above and beyond to create a meaningful, respectful and memorable funeral service personalized to the needs of that family.

Email me at: jamie@denning.ca

Mary-Lyn Denning

Mary-Lyn has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2013. Mary-Lyn was born and raised in Strathroy and is the daughter of Rick and Lynn Denning. Mary-Lyn has a passion for assisting our families at the greatest time of need. This is what led her to joining her family in Strathroy at Denning’s as a fourth generation Funeral Director.  She is married to Mark Stubbens and the proud mother of Blair.

Email me at: mary-lyn@denning.ca

Jacob Rowe

Jacob believes that working with Denning's is a great opportunity to foster the sense of community that he holds dear. Jacob has been a Licensed Funeral Director for several years and is also an active Funeral Celebrant. He appreciates the privilege of helping families, crafting life stories and getting to know folks wherever our footprint falls. Outside of the office Jacob enjoys being an active member of his church, Sunrise Rotary, playing music and settling into a good book.

Email me at: jacob@denning.ca

Lee Shaun Williams

Lee is a caring and dedicated part of our team.  As a funeral director, Lee is able to help families say goodbye and excels at helping create personalized experiences.  Lee loves to visit and would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Email me at: lee@denning.ca

Evan Ross

Raised in North Dunwich and attended High School in West Lorne.  Enrolled in the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College in 2014 and graduated, obtaining his funeral directors license in July of 2015.  Evan apprenticed at R.S. Kane Funeral Home in Toronto.  His aspiration was always to work within the community he grew up in.  It is his hope that families are at ease knowing that he has been part of the community for almost his entire life.  Evan believes that each life lived ought to be recognized and is dedicated to ensuring that the arrangements he is entrusted with are carried out with respect, dignity and professionalism.

Email me at evan@denning.ca

David Bald

Josh Denning 

Josh Denning was born and raised in Strathroy along with his brothers Bill and Brett and their sister Lesley.  Josh began working as a paramedic in 2000 and continues in paramedicine on a part-time basis.  Josh has been married to his wife Lindsay for 10 years.  They have two sons; Sam and Clark.   They reside in Watford and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Email me at: josh@denning.ca 

Clara Patterson

Clara has lived in the Kerwood community with her husband Wayne for the past 45 years. While earning a living farming, together they raised three wonderful children. She loves to spend time with her four grandchildren. Clara became part of the Denning team in the fall of 2007.  She understands the pain that is felt when losing a loved one. Her wish is that her presence provides some comfort to families during their time of loss.  

Ann Moffatt

Anne retired from a career in banking after an incredible 46 years.  She has been a great source of comfort to many through her work at the funeral homes.  When she's not helping her husband Lyle farm, she can be found golfing, playing cards, paper toling or volunteering at Coffee Java at Strathroy Hospital. Anne is also a certified fitness instructor.

Don Degraw

Don has been a part of funeral service longer than anyone with the firm.  He has complimented the work of a number of different funeral homes over the years before retiring to Glencoe and joining us. He is knowledgeable, caring and most of all professional.  And he's still the first one to work!

Roxann Nethercott

Roxy has been a part of funeral service in West Elgin for many years.  Her warm smile and natural approach with people are just two of her many qualities. She keeps herself busy working with the Rodney Horticultural Society and the West Elgin Nature Club.

Marg Varga

After retiring from the Bank of Montreal in West Lorne, Marg joined the funeral homes on a part time basis.  Marg has been with us for over twenty years and has brought the families of West Elgin a great deal of comfort and compassion.

Bob McClung

Bob is the former owner of McClung's Flowers in Watford.  His desire to help people and years in customer service have complimented the funeral home well.  If he's not out walking or visiting he can be found at the flower shop or greeting people at Denning's of Watford.

Martin Slaats​

Martin has lived most of his life in Rodney.  He is married to his lovely wife, Debbie and has three girls.  Martin was a Sales Representative and retired from Canada Building Materials in 2016.  He is actively involved with the Kiwanis Club of Rodney.  After retiring, Martin began his venture with Denning’s.  Martin is a natural fit in the funeral home with his easy going, approachable and professional demeanor.  

Paul Hawley

Jamie Stevenson

Jamie works behinds the scenes at Denning's. She primarily provides assistance to the Estate Care, Pre-Planning, and Accounting departments. When she's not at work, you'll find her spending time with her family. Jamie loves music and photography, and she has a soft spot for animals. The beach is her happy place.

Tony Carrington

Tony has been working at our Chatham Location for 10 years. He grew up in the community, along with his two older sisters, and graduated from both John McGregor Secondary School and the St. Clair College Options Program. When not busy taking care of our Funeral Home Fleet, the grass, and gardening, Tony enjoys swimming at the beach, bike riding, watching Westerns and catching up on the latest episodes of Heartland, Ice Road Truckers and Gold Rush. He has been horseback riding for 17 years, for 15 of which he has owned his quarter horse Cole. Tony resides with his parents, and is a very proud uncle to his niece & nephew. 

Brad Ward​

Brad's responsibilities includes maintaining our Strathroy location, inside and out.  Brad lives in Strathroy with his family and is an important part of our team!