About Us

Toneff Funeral Services began in March 2010 offering a unique funeral business concept to Upper Vancouver Island residents.

To keep costs low, we travel from our central location office in Courtenay to make funeral arrangements in the clients home. Because losing a loved can be a confusing and emotional time, we have found that families are more comfortable in familiar surroundings, free from stress and pressure and, more likely to make sound decisions based on their family’s needs.

We do not have expensive facilities such as a formal chapel, preparation area or on-site crematorium. But, we make use of facilities in the community. If you prefer a church, a community hall like the Royal Canadian Legion or a banquet room at one of our many hotels – no problem – it’s all about what is best for you and your family. And, if you have family or friends that cannot travel to the service we can broadcast it on our website. When you choose Toneff Funeral Services you pay less because we pass the savings on to you. As well, our business model puts money back into our local economy, keeping local people employed.

Eric Toneff, President and Owner

Eric is a BC Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He has worked in almost every area of funeral service… starting as a driver and funeral directors assistant on funerals, to a cremationist and employee of the BC Coroner’s Transfer Service in Vancouver.

Eric graduated from the Western School of Funeral Service (now called Canadian College of Funeral Service) in Vancouver in 1999, winning the BC Funeral Service Association, Academic Achievement Award for Dedication to Studies – Most Improved Student. In 2012, Eric was nominated as Comox Valley Citizen of the Year and in 2013 he was a finalist for Excellence in Customer Service and New Business of the Year awards.

Eric is involved in a variety of community activities including: Comox Valley Kinsmen Club, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Comox Valley Baseball Umpires Association, Past Area Representative – B.C. Baseball Umpires Association and he is the current B.C. Minor Baseball Association Area Director for Vancouver Island serving Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Comox, Campbell River and Powell River.

Eric is the proud father to Russell (Meagan), Emily and Kaylee and granddaughter Mackenna.

Emma Rimell, Licensed Funeral Director

Prior to entering the funeral profession, Emma graduated as a Licensed Paramedic at The Academy of Emergency Training.

Although she is trained as a paramedic, Emma felt life calling her into the funeral service. Emma started at Toneff Funeral Services in September 2011 as a part time / on call funeral director’s assistant. In June 2012 she accepted an interim position with the B.C. Coroner’s Transfer Service to extend her knowledge in funeral and mortuary science.

Emma returned to Toneff’s in October 2012 to begin her apprenticeship as a Funeral Director with the Canadian College of Funeral Service. Emma’s dedication to studies has helped her become one of the top students in her class. She graduated as a licensed funeral director in September 2014 and her academic achievement in the area of Funeral Law earned her the Arbor Jurisprudence Award. Emma loves the outdoors and in her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends going on hikes, enjoys beach fires and playing with her two fur babies, a Black Lab named Lily and a French Bulldog named Teddy.

Jennifer Shorrock, Office Administrator

After graduating from The Academy of Learning in Penticton and obtaining her Medical Office Assistant and Nursing Unit Clerk diplomas, Jennifer returned to Vancouver Island with her small family to raise her son Tyler alongside her husband John. Having spent most of her teenage years in Lake Cowichan and Nanaimo it was wonderful to come home to the island.

Jennifer joined the Toneff Funeral Services team in October 2016 utilizing her skills from her education as the Office Administrator. With her warm personality, she is a perfect fit for the Toneff family.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys time with her family and friends, including her beagle Louie, cooking, knitting and reading.

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