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Cremation & Burial Funeral Services

Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre | 152 Bradford Street | Barrie, Ontario | L4N 3B5 | (705) 722-6656

Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre

The Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre (formerly McClelland & Slessor Funeral Home) is honoured to provide families with options related to both burial and cremation. Established in 1936 as the Jennett Funeral Home, Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre continues the tradition of providing compassionate funeral care.

We encourage open dialogue and welcome your inquiries. Information about the services and products that Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre offers is always available without cost or obligation. In our commitment to providing professional guidance, we are the only local funeral service provider that offers a complete itemization of our services and products online. Click here to download our current price schedule booklet which provides life celebration options for both burial and cremation.

 

Cremation & Burial Funeral Service Options

Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre is licenced by the Province of Ontario as a full service funeral provider. This Class 1 licence enables the caring staff at the Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre to provide a complete range of services related to cremation and burial. We offer options for families that request only the most basic of services such as where cremation or burial takes place absent of a funeral service; often referred to as a basic or simplified disposition. More importantly, we are able to offer compassionate guidance during the entire visitation, funeral or life celebration process. Other area funeral providers may only be licenced by the Province of Ontario as a Class 2 establishment meaning they are very limited to the services that they can offer. As a fully licenced provider, professional guidance and participation with visitations, funeral services and life celebrations is provided by theJennett Funeral & Cremation Centre. Each and every family will be treated in a professional and dignified manner, no matter how basic or how detailed their requirements are. For information on the professional services and funeral products that we provide, please visit Services & Products.

 

Pre-Planning

It is most likely that in some way or another, most people have been affected by the death of a family member, friend or acquaintance. We understand that pre-planning a funeral does not take away that pain. As a funeral home that has been providing professional care since 1936, we understand the significant advantages that pre-planning provides at one of life’s most difficult times. When completed properly, advance funeral planning is a sensible gift that you can give to your family. Whether you are considering burial or cremation, we offer professional pre-planning services without cost or obligation. We provide pre-need guidance for all of our many options including visitations, funerals, memorial services, life celebrations and simplified dispositions. Information about pre-planning cremations and burials is located under Pre-Planning.

 

 

 

ABOUT US

McClelland and Slessor Funeral Home - Jennett ChapelJennett Funeral & Cremation Centre located at 152 Bradford Street in Barrie, Ontario offers families options for both cremation and burial. Funeral services offered include traditional funerals with visitation, memorial visitations & memorial services, informal memorial gatherings without a service, graveside services, transportation to other cities, provinces or countries and, direct cremations & burials without memorialization.

Established in 1936, Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre has been assisting families from Barrie and the many surrounding communities such as Alcona, Angus, Anten Mills, Baxter, Churchill, Craighurst, Cookstown, Crown Hill, Dalston, Edgar, Elmvale, Essa, Gilford, Grenfel, Hawkestone, Hillsdale, Horseshoe Valley, Innisfil, Ivy, Lefroy, Midhurst, Minesing, Oro-Medonte, Phelpston, Shanty Bay, Stroud, Thornton & Utopia. They have also served families from other communities in Simcoe County and beyond over the many years that they have been in business.

Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre is a full service funeral service provider offering visitation rooms, funeral chapel, coffee lounge and after funeral reception facilities with catering available. Their facilities are accessible from a ramped entrance located directly off of the parking area and a main level washroom is also available, equipped with a baby change station. The lounge on the second level is accessible by means of a chair-lift for anyone who has difficulty with stairs. They have spacious parking on-site and free street parking located on John Street. Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre have available a full selection of caskets, urns and burial vaults and also offer a rental casket option for families who choose to have a traditional funeral followed by cremation.

Pre-planning cremations or burial services in advance has become very common. Pre-arranging your funeral is a wise decision that will assist your family in the future. Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre provides complimentary funeral pre-planning for cremation & burial arrangements allowing people to detail their funeral, cremation & burial wishes. In additional, families wishing to protect the cost of the funeral from inflation may explore our many options for pre-funding their arrangements. One of their licenced funeral directors will explain in detail our pre-payment program. Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre's approach to pre-planning is to provide the information necessary to make an educated decision, presented in a pressure-free manner. Their funeral directories are salary based, non-commissioned advisors who are employed by the funeral home and not an insurance company.
Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre is also affiliated with the Innisfil Funeral Home located at 7910 Yonge Street in Stroud (Innisfil). Feel free to visit the website for their second location by clicking here.

Take time to explore their website which incorporates detailed information covering various topics. As always, feel free to contact Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre in Barrie should you require additional information. Please also note that a funeral director is available 24 hours should a death occur outside of normal business hours or should you need to speak with someone. Telephones are monitored by one of their staff members and not by a call centre. Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre is committed to providing the best care possible, at any time they are needed.

HISTORY

Many of the changes to the original structure can be attributed to the rebuilding process as a result of the fire that occurred in 1986. The gallery below shows some of the damage, the reconstruction and the temporary location that was established just up the road on High Street.

The funeral home location itself was originally constructed around 1905 as a residence. Bert and Edith Jennett founded the Jennett Funeral Home in 1936, converting the existing location to a funeral home. The first phase of expansion was completed along Bradford & John Streets under the direction of M & D Kennedy Contractors Limited with work being completed in November of 1962.

In 1985 Simon Slessor purchased the business with business partner David McClelland. David decided in early 2008 that he would retire. As a part of his retirement planning, David's share in the funeral home transferred in December of 2008 between Simon Slessor and long-time employee, Stuart Clark. When Simon and David purchased the business in 1985, the name was changed to McClelland & Slessor funeral home - Jennett Chapel. In December of 2014, Simon and Stuart made the decision to return the business name to a variation of the historical name. The Jennett name represents and important part of the history of both Allandale and Barrie. The new name also better reflects that Jennett's are well experienced in providing cremation related options for families looking for an alternative to full casket burial. After careful consideration, in 2016 both Simon and Stuart made the decision to retire. Jennett Funeral & Cremation Centre was sold to Park Lawn Limited Corporation of Toronto, Ontario on February 10, 2017.

A significant point in history was in 1986 when a fire beginning in the third floor apartment destroyed the upper level. The fire damage was contained mostly to the third floor but resulted in heavy water damage throughout. Fortunately, much of the historical detail was saved and included in the reconstruction & remodeling that followed. The original fireplace and staircase were left in place and vintage stain glass compliments the interior. An administrative highlight on the night of the fire was the ability to recover the funeral files dating back to 1936. These files have played an important role over the years for genealogy research and for legal reasons. During the fire reconstruction, a second expansion was completed on the main level while the third floor containing the apartment was eliminated.

In 1998, an expansion of the parking lot was undertaken by purchasing a vacant home at 156 Bradford Street. Due to the many years that the home had sat empty and the related deterioration, the house was removed making way for increased parking and a garden beautification project.

One of the more recent updates was in 2009 when the lounge and reception area was completely remodeled. A larger kitchenette area was created along with added wall openings allowing a flow of natural light. In addition, lighting was updated and a new multimedia centre was added. A selection of family appropriate movies is available during visitations and video memorial tributes can be shown during receptions.

In 2015, the exterior was given a rejuvenating upgrade with a new colour scheme to compliment the original red brick. New siding, fascia and soffit was installed and enhancements were made to the entrances.

Maintaining a comfortable home atmosphere has remained a priority throughout the changes that have taken place over the years. We strongly believe that the atmosphere of the location greatly compliments quality service. Many positive comments are shared with the staff about the warmth of the facilities. It was this type of feedback that greatly influenced the design of our second location, the Innisfil Funeral Home in Stroud, which opened in August of 2001.