White’s Funeral Home began in March, 1935 when John George(Jack) White and his
wife Isabella bought the business from Simpson and SonFuneral Home on First Street south
after the death of S.G. Simpson. Three Funeral Homesoperated in the area at this time andtook in a large area including Minnedosa, Newdale, Erickson and Neepawa. Jackand Isabella were both born and raised in MaryfieldSask. and moved to Winnipeg in 1930 where Jack took his trainingat Mordue Bros. Funeral Home before moving to Neepawa.
In 1940 the Funeral Home moved to a new location on Mountain Avenuewhich also included
a residence. A newaddition was built in 1958 with a chapel with seating capacity of 180, a largeshowroom and two offices. This buildingis the present location of the funeral home.
The Funeral Home in Carberry was purchased by J.G. White fromDavies Funeral Home in
1947 following the death of Floyd Davies and is stilloperated by White’s today.
The Ambulance service for Neepawa and surrounding area wasprovided by White’s until
Ron Forsman took over the service in 1975.
In the winter of 1940and 1950’s due to snow and poor roads, ateam of horses often had to be hired
to go out with a sleigh to remove the deceased from a home.Sometimes the preparation and funeral
arrangements of the deceased were made right in their home.
During the flood in British Columbia in the 1940’s, a family wanted a relativebrought
back home to Manitobafor burial. No trains were travellingfrom British Columbiadue to the
flood and following a great number of telephone calls,White’s was one of the first funeral homes
in Canadato have a body transported to Winnipegby airplane.
In the 1950’s and1960’s Albert Newell worked at theFuneral Home as well as Jack Buchanan
and Cyril Kidds.
Jack and Isabella operated the family business until hissudden death of a heart attack at the
age of 61 years on December 21, 1967. Isabella was involved in the family businessfor over
50 years. When allthe staff were on a funeral or on a call she was there to answer any phone
calls as they were on call 24 hours 7 days a week. If they did go out to visit they would advisethe
local telephone operators and they would then forward anyincoming calls to the phone number of the location they were at.
Following his father’s death Douglastook over the family business until hepassed away from cancer
at the age of 59 years on December 10th,2001. Doug’s two eldest sons Barry andBrian were
both licensed Funeral Directors and worked in the familybusiness with their Dad for many years
before leaving the profession. Brian is again working in thefuneral business in Manitoba.
Doug’s youngest sonNathan is a licensed Funeral Director and is a partner in the funeral businessin
Neepawa and Minnedosa.
Lyle Byram (White) daughter of Jack and Isabella worked withher brother Douglas, as secretary for 38 years in the family business.
Jack and Isabella had 3 children: daughter Lois Christie(Murray Christie) of Edmonton,son Douglas (deceased) married Dora Nikkel;and daughter Lyle Byram (Ray Byram) ofNeepawa.
There are 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
In 2005 the business was sold, Brian James and Nathan White (grandson ofJack and Isabella) became partners and in 2018 Brian and Nathan became sole owners of the funeral home and still operates under the White family name.