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.