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Gary Eide

Gary Eide

Owner and Managing Ontario Licensed Funeral Director

Gary is a graduate of Canadore College where he received a three-year Business Administration Accounting/Finance diploma. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and is a graduate of Humber College with a diploma in Funeral Service. Gary interned with Humphrey-A.W. Miles in Toronto and as a licensed funeral director continued to work at Humphrey Funeral Home, as well as other funeral homes in the Toronto area, before returning home to build and manage Whispering Pines Funeral Home Ltd. in Powassan and Whispering Pines Chapel in Callander. In October 2012 Gary and his Brother Steven purchased the McGuinty Funeral Home in North Bay and brought the Callander Chapel under the McGuinty banner.Gary and his wife Sylvia live in North Bay with their daughter Sarah. Gary Sylvia and Sarah are parishoners at Holy Name of Jesus Church in North Bay. While not at the funeral home Gary is actively involved in many community organizations. He is an active member of the Callander Lions Club of Callander Ontario, The Davedi Club of North Bay, a Master Mason in the Mattawa Lodge # 405, (Gary is a PM at Mattawa Lodge)., and a member of Nipissing Lodge # 420. Gary is also a Royal Arch Mason in St. Johns Chapter No. 103, a member of the Harrington Preceptory No. 14 North Bay and a Member of the North Bay Rameses Shriners. Gary's professional recognitions to date include:  •   The Turner and Porter Award •   The Funeral Service Technical Ability Award •   The Toronto and District Funeral Directors Award •   The Bay of Quinte Funeral Service Association Award •   The Board of Funeral Service Award •   The Canadian Funeral Trade Association Award •   The Dean Addyman Memorial Award •   The Canadian School of Embalming Award •   The Funeral Service Education Presidents Letter •   The Academic Award of Excellence in Funeral Service Education

Gary is a Certified Crematorium Operator and operates and manages the crematorium at Whispering Pines Funeral Home

Gary is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus Council 12030

Telephone: 1-705-724-9734

Email: wpfh@bellnet.ca


Jenniffer Ritchie

Jenniffer Ritchie

Ontario Licensed Funeral Director

Jenniffer graduated from the funeral service program at Humber College in 2007. She interned at Bernardo Funeral Home in Toronto, Ont and followed her career working at a few other funeral homes in the GTA area. Jenniffer has been employed at the McGuinty Funeral Home since 2010 and in 2012 became the Manager of McGuinty Funeral Home in North Bay and in 2016 became the manager of the Sturgeon Falls location.

Jenniffer lives in Verner with her husband Marty, along with their four children. Jenniffer grew up in South River and attended Almaguin Highlands Secondary School.

Jenniffer is also a Commissioner of Oath for taking Affidavits

Telephone: 1-705-472-8520

Email: mcguintyfuneralhome@gmail.com


Sylvia Eide

Sylvia Eide

Administrative & Funeral Assistant

Sylvia is a graduate of Canadore College with a three year Business Diploma in Business Accounting / Finance. She spent many years as a front desk guest service agent at the Best Western Hotel in North Bay. In 2012 Sylvia joined her husband Gary and the team at McGuinty Funeral Home / Whispering Pines Funeral Home as a Funeral Directors Assistant. Sylvia along with her husband Gary and daughter Sarah are parishioners at Holy Name of Jesus Church in North Bay.

Sylvia is a certified Crematorium Operator and operates the crematorium at Whispering Pines Funeral Home


Telephone: 1-705-724-9734


Sarah Eide

Sarah Eide

Funeral Directors Assistant/Audio Visual Manager

Sarah is a graduate of St.Josephs Scollard Hall. She currently attends the University of Toronto and has completed her Fourth year double majoring in Neuroscience and Biology. Sarah is the daughter of Gary and Sylvia Eide. When Sarah is not attending University she is employed with McGuinty Funeral Home and Whispering Pines Funeral Home as a reception and visitation staff. Sarah enjoys the audio visual preparation for funeral tributes.Sarah along with her parents is a parishoner at Holy Name of Jesus Church in North Bay.

Telephone: 1-705-724-9734


Christopher Jacobs

Christopher Jacobs

Funeral Directors Assistant/ Celebrant

For the past three years Chris has been a member of the McGuinty Funeral Home team, fulfilling the role of a Funeral Directors assistant. Chris is a Certified Crematorium Operator. A recent graduate of Nipissing University, he obtained an honours bachelor degree in Political Science and a minor in Biology.  Having been born and raised in North Bay, Chris is an active member in the community serving as a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Albanel Assembly and as a Trustee 3 year for his 3rd degree council 12030.  Chris is also an active parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus Parish where he serves as an acolyte. 

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Dave Saad

Dave Saad

Funeral Directors Assistant/ Celebrant

Dave is a lifelong resident of North Bay having graduated from Canadore College and retired from the City of North Bay as the Manager of Tourism and Recreation.  Dave is well known for his community involvement from the national to the local level.  He is an inductee in the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame, the Sturgeon Falls Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadore College Alumni Hall of Fame. He was the 2007 Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year and a 2013 Davedi Club Award of Merit recipient.  Currently he is a member of the Board of Governors for Canadore College, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the YMCA, North Bay Recovery Home Board member and Coordinator of the Patrick 4 Life Run/Walk.  He has been a layreader in the Anglican Church for over 37 years and has served in many capacities at both St. Johns and Christ Church.  He is married to Beth and they have two sons, Steven and Michael.



Oscar Levesque

Oscar Levesque

Funeral Directors Assistant

Oscar was born and raised in Mattawa Ontario. In 1972 he moved to North Bay and began his career as a baker. In 1991 he joined the McGuinty Funeral Home team on a part-time basis. 24 years later he remains as one of our valued team members. Oscar is fluent in both English and French.


Paul Bellefleur

Ontario Licensed Funeral Director

Paul lives in Haliburton and is the owner of Allstar Property Maintenance. Paul graduated from Humber College with a Diploma in Funeral Service Education. Paul has been with Whispering Pines Funeral Home since its inception and is available on a part-time basis. When not working at his own business or at Whispering Pines, Paul is a volunteer fire-fighter in Haliburton.

Telephone: 1-705-724-9734


Steven Eide

Funeral Assistant

Steven is a graduate of Almaguin Highlands, a father of three Steven owns and operates Eides Residence in Powassan. This is a Homes for Special Care that is Licensed and Operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Health. Steven is the Northern Director of the Homes for Special Needs Association, and a former Municipal Councilor for the Municipality of Powassan. Steven is the co-owner of McGuinty Funeral Home.

Telephone: 1-705-724-9734


Gisele Degagne

Gisele Degagne

Funeral Directors Assistant



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