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J. Scott Early Funeral Home is fortunate to have a staff of genuinely dedicated and caring funeral directors.  All of them adhere to  the highest standards of practice and are skilled in every aspect of a profession that they have chosen to be their life's work.  Each director here knows that this is so much more than a job... and they are dedicated to being available to the community at all times.  We are fortunate to have a combined total of 50 years of funeral service experience available to you. 

"Second to None"


Rebecca Hunter, Funeral Director

Rebecca was born and raised in Hamilton,Ontario and was licensed as a funeral director in 1991.   From the very start Rebecca knew that Funeral Service was her calling, and she has a passion for her life's work.  In January of 1998 Rebecca married  Kim Hunter, also a licensed funeral director.  The Hunters moved to Milton in September of 2005 from Scarborough where Rebecca operated a funeral establishment for seven years before she and Kim realized their lifelong dream of being in business for themselves.  She and Kim live in a historic home on the funeral home property with their son Jake, who attends Craig Kielburger Secondary School.  Rebecca is an active Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow as well as a member of Faith United here in Milton.  A member of the Evening Star, Rebekah Lodge - a supporter of Halton Women in Motion and member of Milton Area Female Entrepreneurs- Rebecca enjoys meeting fellow business persons and supporting local causes, notably working on the Gala Committee to raise much needed funds for the Milton District Hospital.

Kim Hunter, Funeral Director

Kim, husband of Rebecca, was born and raised in the town of Meaford, Ontario.  Kim was trained in Barrie, Ontario and received his funeral director's license in 1976.  He has worked in many aspects of the funeral profession, and is an enthusiastic participant in community events of all kinds.  Like his wife, Kim is also a Rotarian, currently with the Acton Club; has volunteered with hospices, hospitals and charitable organizations of various kinds. In 2014 Kim completed an 8 year term on the Foundation Board of the Milton District Hospital.  He has an avid interest in military history and is a collector of die cast farm implements and military replicas.  Both he and Rebecca are proud to be part of the Milton community and look forward to serving its people for many, many years.

Russell Wallace, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed in 1978, Russ recently retired from full time funeral directing and enjoys working with the Hunters on a part-time basis.  An avid outdoors person, Russ enjoys snowmobiling, RV travel and spending time with his family.

Laura Vanderleest, Funeral Director

Laura grew up in Milton and worked part time for the Early family while attending Bishop Reding High School.  Following that she attended Humber College where she earned her funeral director's license in 2005.  Currently a resident of Acton, Laura is married and a mother to two daughters.  Having worked in Mississauga prior to returning home to Milton, Laura has vast experience in many cultural traditions.  In her leisure time she likes to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as camping and hiking.

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