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The caring and experienced professionals at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel are here to support you through this difficult time.  We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements.  You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.  And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance.  Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.  We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.

At McKenzies we are proud of our long standing service to the community of Portage la Prairie and area.  Our success has been derived from a long line of community minded individuals.  Please read on for a brief overview of the history of what is now known as McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

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History of McKillop's Funeral Service, Trimble Funeral Chapel, Portage Funeral Chapel and McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel

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Oliver McKillop

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J. Tolbert Trimble

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Paula McKenzie

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Owen McKenzie

Douglas McKillop began this family funeral business located in downtown Portage la Prairie in 1886.  For a short time, McKillop partnered with a Mr. Dodimead the furniture component of McKillop’s Furniture and Funeral Service.  Dodimead would later withdraw from the business and McKillop’s sons Oliver and Neil grew into the profession.  Oliver McKillop would die in Hong Kong while serving in Canada’s Armed Forces. 

Tolbert “Toby” Trimble and Malcolm A. Kains gained ownership of the McKillop Furniture and Funeral Service in 1961 and the firm was re-named Trimble Kains.  Kains eventually withdrew from the partnership and the operation became known as Trimble Funeral Chapel.

Trimble was heavily involved in the Portage la Prairie community and also operated a dairy farm.  He dropped the furniture component of the business in 1966 and re-located the funeral home to its present location at 56 Royal Road South.  He built a new facility, which was fully equipped and modern with such features as family and reposing rooms. 

A Trimble staff member, Ron Moffit purchased the family firm on December 31, 1974.  Evergreen Memorial Gardens was acquired in 1976.  Ownership transferred in 1984 to Harry Jackson who sold to Dwayne Hicks in 1985 who named the firm Portage Funeral Chapel.  He increased the size of the chapel and garage at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.  During this period of changing ownerships there came a time in 1997 when Owen and Paula McKenzie acquired the firm.  The name was changed to McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel and would be known the community as McKenzies.

To keep abreast of the changing expectations of the public, McKenzies have increased choices at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with upright monuments, columbariums, scattering garden and crematorium.  

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Karen Letts, Paula McKenzie, Owen McKenzie, Jeff Dubois, Amy Chappellaz

In 2015 Jeff Dubois, a long time staff member, purchased the funeral home.  Jeff had been the managing director for the previous 3 years and brings a wealth of knowledge as well as the personality the community has come to expect from McKenzies.  Karen Letts joined the firm in September 2015.  Karen brings over 16 years’ experience.  Amy Chappellaz, who was born and raised in Portage will graduate from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in May 2016. McKenzies has always valued their part time support staff of Vi Siemens, Len Essay, Toby Trimble, Gerry & Barb Gillespie, Walter Ewart, Helen Roy, Jared Bergen, Nick Plourde, Ed & Dianne Dzikowski and Danica Turcotte.

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