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Michael Thompson
B: 1942-09-29
D: 2017-11-15
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Thompson, Michael
Stella Blakeley
B: 1926-10-28
D: 2017-10-30
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Blakeley, Stella
Gerald Donohue
B: 1943-11-30
D: 2017-10-28
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Donohue, Gerald
Edwin Lowry
B: 1942-05-06
D: 2017-10-26
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Lowry, Edwin
William Snedden
B: 1934-11-05
D: 2017-10-24
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Snedden, William
Agnes Barker
B: 1939-01-06
D: 2017-10-23
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Barker, Agnes
Lillian Cauvier
B: 1940-09-25
D: 2017-10-18
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Cauvier, Lillian
Donald O'Donoghue
B: 1930-03-25
D: 2017-10-04
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O'Donoghue, Donald
Peter Smithers
B: 1933-06-27
D: 2017-10-03
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Smithers, Peter
Kevin Johnston
B: 1985-10-17
D: 2017-09-28
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Johnston, Kevin
Kenneth Martin
B: 1937-11-03
D: 2017-09-27
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Martin, Kenneth
Joseph MacLachlan
B: 1948-07-25
D: 2017-09-21
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MacLachlan, Joseph
Rita Hurdis
D: 2017-09-19
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Hurdis, Rita
Jessie McBain
B: 1921-05-02
D: 2017-09-16
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McBain, Jessie
Kathleen Douglas
B: 1925-02-06
D: 2017-09-15
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Douglas, Kathleen
Frederick West
B: 1930-08-26
D: 2017-08-31
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West, Frederick
Margaret Timmons
B: 1934-09-12
D: 2017-08-31
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Timmons, Margaret
Joan Sealey
B: 1927-02-15
D: 2017-08-26
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Sealey, Joan
Gerald Simpson
B: 1926-10-24
D: 2017-08-23
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Simpson, Gerald
Kathleen Hudson
B: 1936-12-08
D: 2017-08-19
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Hudson, Kathleen
Catherine Coleman
B: 1921-07-25
D: 2017-08-18
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Coleman, Catherine

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We are very fortunate at C. R. Gamble Funeral Home in that we have the finest licensed Funeral Directors around. Our Funeral Directors are fully qualified in all aspects of funeral service. Their one goal is to help bereaved families through a difficult time and they are very good at what they do. 


Josh Gamble, Owner & Funeral Director
Email: crgamblefuneralhome@bellnet.ca
Website: www.crgamble.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-(613)256-3313 (Collect)
Office Phone: (613)-256-3313

A Note From Josh

For as long as I can remember I have watched my father operate our family business with the utmost integrity and commitment to quality.Inspired by his passion, I decided to follow in his footsteps and become a licensed Funeral Director, graduating in 2002. For next 8 years I continued to hone my funeral service education as a Licensed Funeral Director with The Simple Alternative and the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemetery & Cremation Professionals of Toronto.I have devoted myself to learning all that I could about the Funeral Profession so I could one day return home and and assume responsibility of our family's funeral home,
In 2010 that became a reality.
I realize that I will have some "tough shoes to fill". Armed with Dad's guidance; I commit myself to serving our community with the same honesty and compassion you have come to expect from my father.  
My wife Stephanie & I are truly blessed with birth of our son, Aden in 2012. We take great delight in being part of his "growing up" years. Aden is currently enrolled at Holy Name of Mary School in Almonte. He loves school, takes Judo classes and is getting to be a better skater with each lesson. I think his best friends are his pet dogs, "Parker" and "M.J.".

Reg Gamble, Funeral Director
Email: crgamblefuneralhome@bellnet.ca
Website: www.crgamble.com
Toll Free Phone: (613)256-3313 (Collect)
Office Phone: (613)256-3313

Reg & his wife Gail came to Almonte in 1973 and purchased the old Comba Funeral Home.  They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2008. The couple raised two sons in Almonte, Josh is a Licensed Funeral Director and Jake is a graduate of Algonquin College's Hotel & Restaurant Management program.  Gail is a retired Orthopedic Nurse. Following her official retirement,Gail was lured out of retirement to organize and be the resource nurse for a new cutting edge technology in cancer treatment. Namely the Mohs Clinic. She again officially retired in Sept. of 2016, having spent her entire professional career at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Since arriving in Almonte the Gamble's have totally renovated and enlarged the funeral home facility to meet the ever growing demand for their services. Reg has always been a innovator in the funeral profession. Never afraid to listen and always willing to embrace and help a family "Celebrate a Life" that has been lived. He has that certain personality that sets a family at ease almost from the very first meeting. He always has time to talk and listen.  

Reg  has always been involved in his community, as Chairman of the Hospital Board, President of the Lions Club, his church or various other groups, such as the North Lanark Highland Games. He regularly helps a number of charity and festival groups by acting as their Master of Ceremonies. He can be seen in venues like Celt fest, Gospel fest, Community events, Fairs and Highland Games  (North Lanark & Maxville) doing his thing to help. He follows his  late dad's (Don Gamble) motto ... "Don't just take from your community, give back as much and more"!

Reg is also a Past president of the Ottawa & District Funeral Service Association and member of the Canadian, Ontario and Independent Group of privately owned funeral homes.

Reg is the recipient of three Community Service Awards, The Governor General's medal, The Queen's Golden Jubilee medal Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in 2008 the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce awarded Reg their first ever "Outstanding Community Support" award. He is the recipient of the Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship medal presented by Lions International for outstanding service to his community. In 2016 The St. Andrews Society of Ottawa awarded Reg the Sir John A. MacDonald award as their "Scot of the Year" for his outstanding contributions and for bring honour to the Scottish Community of the National Capital Region.

Neil S. Lowry, Funeral Director
Toll Free Phone: 613-256-3313 (collect)
Office Phone: 613-256-3313

Neil is a native son of Ramsay Twsp.,  the son of Jim & Sandy Lowry who own and operate a farm between Almonte & Carleton Place. He attended local schools and following a year as a co-op student in funeral service, graduated from Humber College Applied Arts & Sciences with his Funeral Directors & Embalmers License in 2001. Neil is married to Heidi and the couple have 3 children, Isabel, Mason & Macpherson. Neil a valuable part of the Gamble Funeral Home family. He is widely recognized among his peers as one of the most technically sound people in our profession. He is active in his community as a Past President and current Executive member of the North Lanark Highland Games. Neil is also a Professional Highland Heavyweight ..... you know, one of those big guy's who throw telephone poles around. Neil's greatest pride and joy and the thing he takes most pleasure in is his family.

Al Watson, Funeral Director Assistant

Al has been part of the C. R. Gamble family for more than 20 years. Al and his wife Pat (former CEO of Almonte Country Haven) have 5 children. They are also grandparents. Al is a retired high school teacher and taught shop as well as other subjects. Al is also a qualified First Aid assistant and worked with the Almonte Ambulance Service for a while as well. It is nice to see the rapore Al has with his former students as they visit our funeral home. Of-coarse, during his teaching career he came to know many parents as well. Since retiring Al has become quite involved in his hobby farm as well as his church. He also enjoys and is very proficient at woodworking and gardening.

Ken Hawkins, Funeral Director Assistant
Office Phone: 613-256-3313

Ken is a retired Ontario Provincial Police officer. He has been part of the staff of the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home since 2003. Ken is a hard working dependable guy who is always more than willing to assist families in any way he can. In his final years with the OPP he was a Public Relations and Media Officer with the force. Ken has been actively involved in his community. He is a former member of the Almonte Lions Club and for a number of years was in charge of the Christmas Basket campaign to assist those less fortunate at Christmas. He is also an avid curler, as a member of the Almonte Curling Club. Ken can also be seen supporting charities during the summer months at golf tournaments, although he readily admits, it's not one of his strong points.
Ken & his wife Helen have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. He says he's not one to spoil his grand-kids .. ha.. ha !!

Harold Hogg, Funeral Director Assistant
Office Phone: 613-256-3313

Harold joined the Gamble team in 2007. Following his retirement and after the sale of his Apple Auto Glass business. Harold is a quiet, soft spoken individual who's sincere demeanor is recognizable from your very first meeting with him. In short, the easiest way to describe Harold is with 2 words, "he cares". When dealing with people at a very difficult time in their lives, that description, pretty well says it all.
Harold is another local lad who was born and raised on the family farm in Clayton. Harold knows most everyone.
Josh and Reg Gamble and their families have made a point of surrounding themselves with local staff, people the community know and can identify with. People who are comfortable being around friends they have known all their lives.
Harold is a welcome addition to the staff.

Anthony St. Dennis, Funeral Directors Assistant
Email: crgamblefuneralhome@bellnet.ca
Website: www.crgamble.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-(613)256-3313 (Collect)
Office Phone: 613-256-3313

Tony is the newest member of the C. R. Gamble team. He is a man of many talents and he shares those talents readily and enthusiastically. He has an artistic flare that is really quite remarkable. Before retiring in 2010 Tony was a valued member of the British American Bank Note Co. for some 43 years as a Journeyman Siderographer and a Master Engraver. Since retiring Tony has continued to pursue his love of the Arts. He loves etching, especially engraving jewellery. He's a sculptor. With the new craze for Tattoo's and Tony, always up to challenging his artistic talents has ventured into this new realm of the arts and like everything he does he is quite successful at it..
Like so many other members of our staff, Tony is a community minded guy. A good number of Almonte's boys benefited from his talent as a minor hockey coach. One of the boys he coached actually made it to the NHL and has his name on the Stanley Cup. Tony is a Past Master of Mississippi Lodge No. 147. He is a founding member and past president of the Almonte and Area Artists Association. Tony was one of the three founders of the Old Timers "Almonte Pond Hockey" group and for 25 + years has been a member of the Almonte Fitness Centre.
He is an active member and two term Warden of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Almonte.
Tony and his wife Theresa have three sons (all married) and if you want to see him smile, ask him about any one of his 6 grandchildren.
We are really pleased to have Tony as part of Funeral Home Team of professionals.  

Cathy Giles, Organist
Email: crgamblefuneralhome@bellnet.ca
Website: www.crgamble.com
Toll Free Phone: (613)256-3313 (Collect)
Office Phone: (613)256-3313

Cathy Giles is an accomplished organist who was born and raised and went to school in the Almonte area. She is married to Ron Giles and the couple have two grown boys. Cathy's mom, Jean Byrne still lives in Pakenham. Sadly her dad, Art passed in 2011. Cathy teaches piano and organ to a very large segment of children in our area. Her students have gone on to become extraordinary musicians. Give her the music and she can play it. Cathy has been an integral part of the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home since 1988. She is a valued member of our staff and her music contributes significantly to every service we handle. Cathy is also the full time organist at Holy Name of Mary Church in Almonte.

Cathy is another reason we at C. R. Gamble Funeral Home are proud to be able say "we are local people proud to be called to serve with dignity, care and compassion".

Sarah Gray, Aftercare Specialist
Email: crgamblefuneralhome@bellnet.ca
Website: www.crgamble.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-(613)256-3313 (Collect)
Office Phone: 613-256-3313
Fax: 613-256-6300

Sarah joined our firm in 2011 after being trained as an Aftercare Specialist. Sarah specializes in post funeral care. She is available to all of our families and is included as part of our service.
Following the death of a loved one there are numerous items that require attention. Sarah will address such items as the cancellation of health cards, passports, credit cards, subscriptions and so on. Executors or next of kin might also have to apply for C.P.P., Superannuation, D.V.A., or other benefits. Sarah is an expert at assisting bereaved families with all these details.
A talented and consummate professional, Sarah is a hometown girl, born, educated and raised in Almonte. The second daughter of Heather and The Honourable Mister Justice Alan Sheffield. Sarah and her husband, Mark are the parents of 3 beautiful daughters, Molly, Lilly and Abbey.
Sarah's roots and pride in her community are evident in her friendly and easy going personality and most especially in her smile.