History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Brockie Donovan’s founder, George Brockie, was born in Paisley, Ontario on May 16, 1885. George moved to Brandon in 1906 and began his career in funeral service at Vincent & MacPherson Funeral Home. After moving to Dauphin for a few years he returned to Brandon in 1915 and opened Brockie Funeral Service and Brockie Furniture. George married Mary Winnifred Johnston and they had two children, Mary and Ruth. After several locations, the funeral home located to 8th Street where it remains today. During the 30’s and 40’s the company manufactured their own cloth-covered caskets. They also opened up a furniture store and funeral home in Souris, MB which George sold in 1947.
George loved to play baseball, and was also well known for his Standard Bred Horses which he raced on the ‘A’ Circuit in Manitoba. George passed away February 19, 1972 at the age of 86.
Jack Donovan worked with Mr. Brockie and married his daughter, Mary in 1943. In 1956, Jack and Mary purchased the funeral home and changed the name to Brockie Donovan Funeral Home. Jack Donovan was born in Battleford, Saskatchewan on October 21, 1914 and joined the firm in 1945 after being discharged from the RCAF. Jack and Mary had three children, Marion, Joan, and John. In 1965, a new chapel was constructed on an adjacent lot and the original funeral home was demolished and become the parking lot. Jack was very active in the community in civic politics and he had a long association with the Masonic Order. He served the funeral profession as president of the Manitoba and Canadian Funeral Service Associations. Jack passed away December 23, 2000 at the age of 86.
In 1975, Jack and Mary sold Brockie Donovan to Jack and Joyce Lumbard.
Jack Lumbard was born in Carnduff, Saskatchewan on September 22, 1937, moving to Brandon in the same year. Jack married Joyce Hart in 1957, and they raised three children, Todd, Wade and Rebecca.
In 1959, Jack apprenticed under his uncle Bill Reid, in Wilkie, Saskatchewan and joined Brockie Donovan in 1962. In 1975, Jack and Joyce purchased the funeral home. It has remained in the Lumbard family ever since. During Jack’s tenure, he purchased Rosewood Memorial Chapel in Brandon, constructed Western Manitoba’s first crematorium, and founded Westman Granite, a memorial company situated in Brandon. Jack, too, was active in the community. He was a member of the Masonic Order and was a director of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Jack is a past president of the Manitoba and Canadian Funeral Associations. Jack passed away March 20, 2014 at the age of 76.
Jack’s son Todd joined the firm in 1986. Todd was born in 1963. He was educated in Brandon and, at the age of 16, spent one year at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. At 17, he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Islanders. Following his junior career, playing goal for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats, Todd played four years of professional hockey. He returned to Winnipeg to continue his education prior to joining the family business. Todd married Kerry McCallum and they have three children, a daughter, Drew and two sons, Brock and Luke. While in Brandon, Todd was very active in the community. He was a member of the Rotary Club, a city councillor and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, Todd became president of Selected Independent Funeral Homes (N.S.M.) In 1995, Todd purchased Brockie Donovan and that same year the funeral chapel was expanded adding additional office space and a reception facility, as well as completely renovating the original chapel. Jack’s second son, Wade joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner with Todd in 2003.
Wade was born in 1965. He was educated in Brandon, graduating from Brandon University with a science degree. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto and Carleton University, Ottawa, completing his education at the University of Manitoba, obtaining his C.A. designation. Following a few years in Winnipeg, he joined Brockie Donovan in 1995. Wade is married to Kelly MacDonald and they have two sons, Holden and Jack.
In 2004, Todd and Wade purchased Speers Funeral Home in Regina and Todd relocated to Regina with his family to operate Speers on a day to day basis. The expansion continued in February, 2006 when Todd and Wade, along with partner John Leggat purchased Cropo Funeral Chapel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Our heritage of service excellence continues today with our current staff members, Wade Lumbard, Kelly Lumbard, Joyce Lumbard, Ken Gold, John (Sonny) Moroz, Lisa Hammond, Brittany Smith, Jeremy Lancaster, Carrie MacPherson, Megan McPhail and Kim Lewarne.
Our Valued Staff
Jack Lumbard, Past President (September 22, 1937 - March 20, 2014)
Jack Lumbard was born in Carnduff, Saskatchewan and his family moved to a farm in the Zion-Forrest District just north of Brandon when Jack was quite young. He was educated at the Brandon Collegiate Institute on 6th Street, where he met his bride-to-be, Joyce Hart. Jack and Joyce were married in 1957 at St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral in Brandon. In 1959, the couple moved to Wilkie, Saskatchewan where Jack apprenticed to become a funeral director under his uncle, Bill Reid. In 1962, Jack joined Jack Donovan at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon. After many years of hard work, in 1975, Jack and Joyce purchased the funeral home from Jack and Mary Donovan. Since his retirement in 1995, Jack kept himself busy cooking and staying up to date with the many interests of his children (Todd, Wade, and Becky) and grandchildren. Sadly, Jack passed away on March 20, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Jack left a legacy of integrity and professionalism and he will be greatly missed.
Wade Lumbard, President/Funeral Director
Wade Lumbard was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Brandon University, Wade became a Chartered Accountant, working with Deloitte & Touche in Winnipeg. Wade joined his father, Jack and brother, Todd at Brockie Donovan in 1995 and in 2001 became a licensed Funeral Director. In 2003, Wade became a partner with Todd and is now the President of the company. Wade is an avid volunteer with various charities in the city, and he and his family are parishioners at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church. Wade has recently become a Knight of Columbus. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Holden and Jackson.
Joyce Lumbard was born Joyce Hart and grew up in Brandon. She completed her normal school at Brandon Collegiate Institute on 6th Street and went on to train as a teacher at Brandon College. After teaching at Fleming school, she moved with her husband, Jack, to Wilkie, Saskatchewan and continued her teaching career. Jack and Joyce relocated to Brandon in 1962 when Jack joined Brockie Donovan Funeral Home. A son, Todd, was born in 1963, followed by Wade, in 1965 and daughter, Rebecca, in 1969. Joyce always enjoyed staying home with her children when they were young, and she worked at the funeral home with Jack as the years passed. Today, Joyce continues to be involved in several community projects with Brockie Donovan. She is past Chairperson of the Brandon Regional Health Authority Foundation board of directors and is currently active as Chairperson of Hobbs Manor. Joyce also remains very busy with her children and her six grandchildren.
Kelly Lumbard, Community Events Coordinator
Kelly Lumbard was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986 to train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, after training with the National Ballet School in Toronto for several years. After retiring she met her husband Wade Lumbard, and moved to Brandon in 1995. Kelly organizes community events such as the Brockie Donovan Tree of Memories, our Gossip in the Graveyard Fundraising tours, and other such community events. She taught ballet and was the Director of the Brandon School of Dance and Brandon Dance Ensemble for many years. Kelly also volunteers for various community organizations and charities. Kelly is a Team Leader for the “Look Good Feel Better Helping Women With Cancer” program. The family attends St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Kelly is a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Kelly and Wade have two children, Holden and Jack.
Ken Gold, General Manager/Funeral Director
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ken moved to Regina, Saskatchewan at an early age where he was raised and educated. His career as a professional began with the former Helmsing Funeral Chapel in Regina. In 1994, Ken was awarded his designation as a professional Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer and received the Ethics Award from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2007, Ken joined Speers Funeral Chapel in Regina. This proved to be a very positive introduction to working with an independent, family-owned funeral home. In August of 2011, Ken accepted the position of General Manager with Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services in Brandon, Manitoba, continuing to work with the Lumbard family. Ken's compassion and sincere kindness towards the families he serves makes him a wonderful addition to the Brockie Donovan team. Ken and his wife Colleen have 3 children: Jordan (Macy), Dallas and Krystal. He attends McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church. Ken enjoys traveling, home renovations, landscaping and, most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
John (Sonny) Moroz, Director of Operations/Funeral Director & Pre-planning Specialist
John "Sonny" Moroz was born in Dauphin, Manitoba, the oldest of three boys. He attended school in Dauphin and Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Sonny got his start in funeral service with Sneath-Strilchuk in Dauphin in 1981. He furthered his education by apprenticing and attending the Western School of Funeral Service. Sonny became a licensed Funeral Director in 1985 while working at Brockie Donovan between 1984 and 1988. He held Senior Funeral Director positions in Calgary and Kamloops before returning to Brockie Donovan in 1998. Sonny served on the executive committee of the Manitoba Funeral Service Association from 2000 to 2004. With over 34 years of experience in funeral service, Sonny feels honoured to be able to serve families in our community at their time of need. He has also embraced Brockie Donovan’s role of speaking to various organizations and groups regarding funeral options and the benefits of pre-planning one’s final wishes. Hunting, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors are a just a few of Sonny’s favorite activities.
Lisa Hammond, Funeral Service Professional
Lisa Hammond was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. She graduated from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary High School and enrolled in the R.N. Diploma Program at the Brandon General Hospital. Lisa graduated with honors in 1992. She began working as Office Administrator for Brockie Donovan in September 1995. Lisa loves working with the families she serves. She believes that personalization and special attention to detail add so much value to the funeral service. Lisa is married to husband, Dean, and they have two sons, Ben and Matt. Together, the family enjoys camping, ATV rides and fishing.
Brittany Smith, Funeral Director
Brittany Smith was born and raised in Brandon, MB. She graduated with Honors from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in 2003 with a double diploma in Commercial Art. After graduation, Brittany enrolled in Media Production at ACC and graduated in 2006 specializing in Video/Audio and Multimedia. She then worked at various film/media companies in Winnipeg as an editor. In 2009, she decided to leave the media industry and enrolled at Humber College in Toronto to pursue a new career in Funeral Service. When she completed her first year at Humber College she returned to Brandon to apprentice at Brockie Donovan and obtained her Funeral Director/Embalmer license in 2011. Brittany firmly believes in the value of the visitation and funeral service. Her caring, gentle nature and attention to detail make her a valuable asset to our team. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, travelling and working in her garden.
Jeremy Lancaster, Funeral Director
Jeremy Lancaster was born and raised in Brandon, MB. After graduating from Vincent Massey High School, Jeremy attended Brandon University where he received his Bachelor of Arts. After several years of working in the tourism industry, Jeremy joined the team at Brockie Donovan in March 2014 and he completed his professional licensing designation from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in June 2015. Jeremy was the proud recipient of the highest overall Academic Achievement Award, the Embalming Technologies Award and the Funeral Service Achievement Award. He thrives on going the extra mile to ensure that every aspect of the service is carried out with the utmost care, dignity and compassion. Jeremy loves the arts and can often be seen performing on stage or working behind the scenes with local theatre organizations.
Kim Lewarne, Funeral Celebrant
With a true love of life and caring heart, Kim was called to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Kim's goal is to capture the spirit of your loved one by listening to family and friends with an open heart and working hard to ensure that their needs for a personalized, memorable service are exceeded. Sharing in someone's grief, hearing the pain in their voice, listening to cherished memories is an important part of helping family and friends begin their healing process after loss. Kimmer's wide background of interests including 35 years as a hair stylist or “personal therapist,” marketing director, public speaker, and community volunteer have led her to this role. Kim is currently very involved in Lions, Brandon First and Central United Church. In the past, Kimmer was a curler, a curling volunteer, slo pitch player and volunteer organizer, community drama hairstylist, Masonic wife, and the list goes on. Kim was married to the late Lawrence McInnes for 13 wonderful years, has a daughter Shannon (Scott Burgess), son Sean and the light of her life - grandson Jackson Burgess. Family and friends are the most important thing in Kimmer's life and she loves spending quality time with them all.
Megan McPhail, Funeral Attendant
Megan McPhail was born and raised in Glenboro, Manitoba. She grew up on a sheep farm just south of the small town. Throughout her high school life Megan worked at her local movie theatre, Janitorial at her school, and volunteered within the community. After graduating from Glenboro School in June 2015, Megan later joined the Brockie Donovan team in July. In her spare time Megan enjoys reading, traveling to her home town to visit family, and spending time at home with a warm cup of tea and a movie.
Carrie MacPherson, Funeral Service Professional
Carrie MacPherson was born and raised in Labrador. After graduating from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Carrie moved to Banff, Alberta, where she spent several years enjoying mountain life. After meeting her husband, Sean Blair, in Banff, they moved to Brandon to start their family. Upon welcoming two daughters and a son, Carrie and her family keep busy with Highland dancing, playing hockey and soccer, tending to the garden and spending time together with their little dog, Poncho.