History of Schoening Funeral Home

Schoening Funeral Service has served Kamloops and the surrounding areas proudly for more than 100 years. Originally established in 1888 as Gordon’s Funeral Home and owned by J.L. Gordon, the first building was located at the corner of First and Victoria streets. Over the years, the office was moved to the 200 block of Victoria St., then to 325 Seymour St. in 1920 and finally to the current location at 513 Seymour St. in 1960. Also over the years, the name has been changed from Gordon’s Funeral Home to Dwyer’s Funeral Home in 1918, and then to Schoening Funeral Service, as it is known today.

In 1952 the funeral home was purchased by Don Schoening. In 1961 it was purchased by George Wright and his business partner, Ernie Herberd. In 1968 Mr. Wright became the sole owner and operated the business with the assistance of his son, Paul; his daughter, Sandra (Wright) Irvine; and her husband, Bruce Irvine. The Wright family is well-known in Kamloops, having provided courteous and respectful funeral service in Kamloops and the surrounding area for many years.

An affiliate of Service Corporation International purchased Schoening Funeral Service in 2012. Richard McArthur is now the general manager and is responsible for managing Schoening Funeral Service in Kamloops, the Schoening Cremation Centre on Kamloops North Shore and Merritt Funeral Chapel in Merritt, as well as several mausoleums around the province. Mr. McArthur brings many years of experience to Schoening Funeral Service, having worked in Langley and Abbotsford, B.C., prior to coming to Kamloops. The current staff members of Schoening Funeral Service are long-time employees of Schoening and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about funeral services. You can be assured that the fine quality of arrangements and service to families that Schoening Funeral Service is known for and has long provided will continue with the same excellence.

One of the many legacies left to the firm by George Wright is the belief that if you take care of your community, your community will take care of you. Mr. Wright’s words were, “Always be prepared to give something back.” Schoening Funeral Service continues to actively contribute to many organizations in Kamloops, including Thompson Rivers University, the Canadian Cancer Society, Kamloops Hospice, Kamloops Brain Injury Association, the Kamloops Symphony, the Art Gallery and the Western Canada Theatre Company, along with several other local groups . Many of the Schoening employees volunteer on a more personal level with several other organizations, such as Rotary, BC Arthritis Society, Patients Voices Network, the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, the Kamloops Blazers and Under the Same Sun, along with others.

Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Dignity Memorial providers offer exclusive benefits, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, the Bereavement Travel Program, the 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® and access to an acclaimed grief management library. As North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, the Dignity Memorial brand is your assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction.

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