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.

Our History

In 1928 William (Bill) Chatterson purchased the Baxter Furniture Store and Undertaking business (Collingwood), which had been in operation since prior to 1910, and eventually moved the funeral home from its’ downtown storefront to its present location in 1939.  This gracious old home, built in the Art’s & Craft’s style in the early 1900’s, is steeped in tradition and warmth as it welcomes families in their time of need.

Hazel Belle Chatterson was also the first licensed female funeral director and embalmer in Ontario.

The sleigh hearse photo is taken on Third Street in front of the Telfer home.

Until November 2019 Chatterson Funeral Home was operated by Sara-Dale and Mark Hartshorn and they served the community of Collingwood with heart and passion for over a decade.  Upon their retirement, David Carson and his family purchased the business and it is now part of the Carruthers and Davidson funeral team that has facilities in Wasaga Beach and in Stayner.  The same amazing team that serves those communities will now bring their experience to Collingwood under long time Funeral Director and Community Partner Shawn Davidson.


Our Valued Staff

Shawn Davidson

Shawn Davidson, Chapel Manager

Raised in Dunnville, Ontario, Shawn graduated from Humber College and was licensed as a funeral director in 1993. He apprenticed and remained with Turner & Porter Funeral Directors in Toronto and Mississauga until he and his wife acquired the Tofflemire Funeral Home in 2001. Shawn is married to Paula and they have a daughter Olivia.

Shawn relocated to Stayner with Paula in the fall of 2001 and has become committed to the community. Shawn has served as President of the Stayner Chamber of Commerce and of the Stayner Lions Club and he has been a board member and a committee chair at their church. Shawn was elected to municipal council in 2003, filling the seat vacated by Paula's mother, June and completed four terms before stepping down in 2018. During his tenure on Clearview Council, Shawn chaired the Planning Committee, was a member of the Library and Creemore Medical Centre Boards among others. In April of 2007, Shawn was honoured to be appointed by the Province as a Commissioner for the Niagara Escarpment Commission where he recently completed over 10 years of service to the Commission and Province of Ontario.

Shawn enjoys spending time with his girls, Paula and their daughter Olivia. He also takes advantage of the lifestyle this region affords his family: skiing, kayaking, boating, hiking and snowmobiling. Shawn is committed to the communities of Clearview and Wasaga Beach and to those who call it home.


Eric Jirovec

Eric Jirovec, Funeral Director

Eric was born and raised in Cochrane, Ontario, He graduated from Collège Boréal in Sudbury and obtained his funeral director's licence Class 1 in 2014. Eric also gained valuable experience working in Northern Ontario for many years before joining our team in October 2017 and feels privileged to serve families in our area. He enjoys travelling to various countries and learning about other cultures and also loves spending time with his family back home in Cochrane on the family farm.


Brian Ayotte

Brian Ayotte, Funeral Director

Brian was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, eventually settling and spending the majority of his childhood and teen years in Mattawa, Ontario. Upon completion of high school in 1981 Brian entered the Funeral Services Education Program at Humber College, in Rexdale, Ontario. After completing an apprenticeship with Turner & Porter Funeral Directors in Mississauga, Ontario, and graduating from the program in 1983, Brian remained with Turner & Porter for nearly fifteen years. During this time Brian began painting as a hobby and selling his work, adding self-taught professional artist to his resumé. After leaving Turner & Porter Brian accepted positions with Arbor Memorial Services in both Toronto and eventually Barrie, Ontario. While in Barrie, Brian was contacted by Shawn Davidson of Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, with whom he worked and trained during his time with Turner & Porter, asking if he would consider casual, part-time employment in Stayner. An old undertaker once said to Brian, “Son, don’t retire, you’ll die soon after. Just slow down, you’ll last a lot longer”. The opportunity with Carruthers & Davidson seemed to be just what Brian needed. That was in 2005. In 2015 Brian and his family relocated from Barrie to Collingwood, Ontario, where, to this day he still assists families in the area plan and create meaningful tributes and services. In case anyone was wondering, Brian is still painting as well.


Floyd  Parks

Floyd Parks, Part time support staff


Earl  Lennox

Earl Lennox, Part time support staff


Cheryl  Thomas

Cheryl Thomas, Part time support staff


Mr. Hugh Thomas

Mr. Hugh Thomas, Funeral Director's Assistant


Danny Belcourt

Danny Belcourt, Funeral Directors Assistant

Danny was born and raised in the Springwater area. His interest in Funeral Service led him to obtain a correspondence diploma in Funeral Service Education. He has assisted in funeral home environments for over 18 years. Danny and his wife RuthAnn have been married for over 37 years. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Danny enjoys golf and curling and is a member of the Elmvale & District Lions Club.


Alicia  Savage

Alicia Savage, Celebrant/Office Administration

As a Certified Life Celebrant, Alicia helps families tell their story through personalized funeral, memorial and celebration of life services. A Celebrant is a valuable option for families looking outside traditional, formal ceremonies. Alicia is a Collingwood native who returned to Simcoe County in 1993 to manage her family's independent newspaper company. She served two terms on the Councils of Clearview and Simcoe County and now provides administrative and funeral support at Carruthers & Davidson. Alicia is an avid tennis and pickleball player, downhill skier, gardener and harnesses her love of cooking while entertaining friends. She and her husband Rick love to travel and have had the fortune to visit all seven of the world's continents.