About Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home - Central Chapel
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we must announce the cancellation of our upcoming Mother’s Day service and the annual butterfly release. We know that this will be a great disappointment to many who wanted to honour and visit a loved one. Please also know that this is not an easy decision for us to make. Our preference is always to remain open and hold these very meaningful services.
The unfortunate reality is that both these events bring a dramatic increase in visitors, and based on previous experiences during busier than normal weekends, we know that we cannot ensure adherence to the mandated government limits on physical distancing requirements and number of people allowed at our site at one time. Cancelling these events is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff.
We will do our best to work with you and find alternative ways to honour your loved ones. We look forward to when there is no longer the spectre of COVID-19 and we can gather together again.
Who We Are and What We Do
Proudly serving Kingston and the surrounding area, Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home - Central Chapel will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals.
We are proud to be a part of this community. Our helpful, dedicated staff are passionate about supporting families, local associations, religious organizations and cultural groups, and we are honoured to host a series of free memorial events throughout the year.
We are pleased to offer a free bereavement support group, for the Kingston Community. Meetings are Friday evenings at our Township Chapel from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Please call 613-546-5150 to reserve a spot.
Member of Bereavement Services of Kingston. Our vision is a community where support is available to people experiencing loss and grief. No one needs to face their grief alone.
Eric Thompson is a third generation Funeral Director with Arbor Memorial. He graduated from Humber College in 2005 with an honours diploma in Funeral Service Education. He is currently working as the General Manager of Ottawa, Kingston & Belleville. With over 12 years working for Arbor, he has become a leader in providing responsive, respectful and meaningful end-of-life services. Eric has a passion for serving and giving back to the community. He is involved with Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, Sales and Ad Club, and an active member in the local Baptist church.
Ben graduated from Humber College Funeral Service Education in 1996. He gained experience at funeral homes in North Toronto and The County before joining Arbor Memorial. He takes pride in providing services to all families, and enjoys working with the many multicultural communities found throughout Ontario. Ben has been involved at the organizational level in youth soccer, as well as being a certified referee and coach. He and his wife Heather have two children and love serving at their home church, Emmanuel Baptist, where Ben serves on the Board.
Tim began working part time with the Cassidy Funeral Home in Tweed in 1993, then graduated from Humber College with an honours diploma in Funeral Service Education. On Monday, June 19, 1995, he began his full time career with the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes and with Arbor Memorial. In subsequent years he transitioned from being the apprentice, to the primary arranger, to being the manager. Tim and his wife Allison Philpot together have 5 children and can often be found at the various arenas, soccer fields, gymnastic clubs, and school events around Kingston. Over the years Tim has coached or been on the coaching staff various leagues (Kingston AAA to the Church Athletic Hockey League) Kingston United, Cataraqui Clippers and Pegasus soccer clubs, been on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, involved with the Knights of Columbus and is involved with fundraising for Hospice Kingston.
Director of Community Relations
I graduated with honours from Funeral Service Education in 1978. I worked in Toronto, Powassan and moved to Kingston in 1982 to work with Mary Tompkins. I have been busy in my years in Kingston with the Lions Club (Melvin Jones Recipient), Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree (35 Year Award) as past grand knight, past faithful navigator and past Diocesan Director. I have worked with many church groups to organize and help raise funds, especially the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Anglican Diocese and the Ecumenical Council. I have worked with United Way, UHKF and other fund raising groups. When I learned to use the computer, I used these skills to print for many church and community groups. For 18 years was active with local military groups to remember and commemorate veterans with the Kingston Remembrance Day Ceremony and other Veterans Services and Ceremonies, printing, helping and organizing. I enjoy my current role which allows me to help promote and serve the community and G.F Tompkins Funeral Home that I have proudly worked for 27 years.
Laura starting working for Arbor and Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes in 2000 as a co-op student from LaSalle Secondary School. She graduated from Humber College in Funeral Service Education, and has been licensed for 15 years. She has been very involved in 358 Dirt Modified Car Racing as an avid helper to the race team and supporter. I have been a 4H Club volunteer especially helping my nephew Jarred at events.
Jackie Markland was born and raised in Prince Edward County. In 2000 Jackie obtained her Funeral Director’s licence from the Western School of Funeral Service in British Columbia, with honours in her class. Prior to Jackie obtaining her Funeral licence & after working over 16 years in the Dental profession, she attended a funeral for a loved one. That was when Jackie was inspired & felt a calling as well as a need to change her profession. With her new career change Jackie could work with people when they were going through a situation that made them more vulnerable in life, and needing guidance. Her career in funeral service started with Arbor Memorial in BC. In 2004. Jackie returned to Ontario and worked in a family owned and operated business until March of 2019 when she returned to Arbor Memorial in Kingston, where she now once again feels at home in funeral service. Jackie has been involved with the Breast Cancer Action Kingston Golf Tournament, also with the Salvation Army Kettle Program at Christmas. In Jackie’s spare time she loves enjoying time with her family, going on spontaneous excursions such as Hot Air Ballooning, Ziplining, River Rafting, snowshoeing & many other outdoor activities to name a few.
Kevin is in his 30th year working in the funeral industry. He has been a licensed funeral director 20 years and a licensed crematorium operator for 5 years. He has been with Arbor Memorial over 5 years. He is an active member of his local Free Methodist Church. He has 5 adult children and one granddaughter. He spends his summer holidays as a volunteer cook at Pine Orchard Camp heading up the kitchen for the children’s overnight camp and the family camp. He is proud to serve the Kingston community when people are facing one of the most difficult times that they will go through “The loss of a loved one”
Laura Jeffery is an Insight Book’s Certified Funeral Celebrant. She enjoys assisting at annual events sponsored by Arbor’s Kingston Group with our local Hospice, Bereaved Families and Alzheimer Society. Laura has been licensed since 1996 and for many years worked in all aspects of Funeral Service for smaller Arbor and Independent Funeral Homes in various Ontario communities. Laura enjoys sharing her skills to support the Community of Kingston.
Pre Planning Funeral Director
Stacey Hartley is a 20 year licensed Funeral Director who for the last 5 years has been our Preplanning Funeral Director looking after our Kingston Arbor Funeral Homes. She graduated from Humber College in 2000 with an honours diploma in Funeral Service Education. Her career has seen her work in various communities including London, Sydenham, and Gananoque. Stacey is very involved in the community. She gives a helping hand when needed at Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Senior’s Center and her 4 children’s various sports teams. She has also served on the BCAK Golf Tournament as well as the Senior’s Center Golf Tournament.
For 8 years, working day to day operations. My passion for life is making every day memorable. I am mindful to always listen and to be kind. People will forget what I said, people will forget what I did, but people will never forget how I made them feel. I believe in letting my voice make a difference.
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