Ted McCleister - President
Ted has been a licensed funeral director since 1972, graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English and Economics and from Humber College with a Funeral Service Diploma. Upon his father's sudden death in 1972, he became the managing director of McCleister Funeral Home and its president in 1979. He has attended many conferences and seminars on grief, notably the World Symposiums held annually at King's College, University of Western Ontario for 13 years. Ted brings this information to the families served and the staff. In Brantford and other communities across the province, Ted has participated in seminars, workshops and speaking engagements about bereavement topics which include: helping children cope, men's issues, pre-arranging and estate matters. Ted has also been a resource to the Grand Erie Board of Education and the Victorian Order of Nurses.
Randy Tait - Managing Director
Randy received his Funeral Directors license in 1979 and joined the McCleister Funeral Home staff in 1984. Randy married his wife Suzanne in 1985 and they have celebrated over 30 years of marriage. they have three adult children; Bailey, Zach and his wife Amber, Adam and his wife Seraphina. Randy enjoys cooking and spending time with his family and their Jack Russell Terrier, Sophie.
Todd T. Taylor - Funeral Director
Licenced Cremation Operator
Todd's interest and passion in funeral service was originally initiated by Ted McCleister and the staff of McCleister Funeral Home at the age of six following the death of his grandfather in 1984. Following involvement the cooperative education program through North Park Collegiate in 1995, Todd continued his education completing the apprenticeship portion of his training at a funeral home in Oshawa. Receiving his Province of Ontario Funeral Director's License in 2001, he returned to Brantford working along side the Glaves family with both Beckett-Glaves and Hill & Robinson Funeral Homes and later with the Dennis Toll Funeral Home. In January 2015 Todd embarked on a new challenge as the Managing Funeral Director with the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home in Milton. With strong roots and a love for Brantford, Todd once again found change and joined the staff at McCleister Funeral Home in the fall of 2016. Todd is a member of St. Mark's Anglican Church and the Royal Canadian Legion Dunsdon Branch #461. Todd and his lovely wife Jen are kept busy enjoying there 2 boys, Austin and Owen.
Barbara is our hairdresser bringing with her 30 years experience. She is presently a part-time instructor at Mohawk College in hairdressing and is able to do excellent work from photographs provided by families. She is the proud mom of three sons presently attending university.
Born and raised in Brantford, he is married to Nancy and they have one son, Chris and two grandchildren. Randy's hobbies are walking and volunteering at the Brantford Food Bank. Randy has also been a crossing guard for the past 7 years. Previously, he worked at the Royal Bank as an Operations Analyst. Randy has been a part of the McCleister Funeral Home team for the past 8 years.
Lyle was born in Toronto, spent his teen years in Brantford. Is a past commanding Officer of Admiral Nelles Sea Cadets, worked as a Technician and Manager for Bell Canada retiring after 28 years then spent the next 7 years contracting in the U.S. While with Bell, he was seconded to Saudi Arabia Telecom to help design and build a high speed data network. Since retiring from Telecommunications, Lyle has received certification as an independent Licensed Life Insurance agent. He enjoys teaching families how to get control of their finances and reach their goals. Lyle is married to Ruth (nee McConachie); they have 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and are very active with Sydenham & Heritage United Church. Lyle has been with McCleister Funeral Home since November 2014.