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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.”

2012 marks a new chapter in the local company with the opening of the Ashburnham Chapel. Community Alternative’s new, larger funeral home located at 840 Armour Road, just north of Parkhill. “Within 5 years of opening, we had become the leading funeral home in the Peterborough area with regard to number of families served. We knew there was a strong demand for larger visitation, chapel, reception, and parking facilities.” Said Cunningham.

“Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre answers those demands while maintaining the high level of service and affordable cost we have come to be known for.”

Cunningham stresses that both funeral homes are 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 4 full time and 4 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.

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