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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Owner/Operator/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kevin is the Founder/ Owner/ Operator/ Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer at Kettle Valley Memorial

I opened Kettle Valley Memorial May 15, 2019, with the sole purpose of getting back to serving families the way they want to be served.

People often ask if I got into the funeral services industry because of family lineage. The answer is no, the fact is, even from a young age I wanted to be a funeral director because I felt it was a calling. At the age of 19 I began my career in funeral service by washing cars and mowing the lawn at Martin Brothers Funeral Home in Lethbridge, AB. I apprenticed there before moving to Calgary then finally to Penticton, calling the Okanagan our forever home.

Over my 14 years in the industry, I’ve proudly served over 2000 families and gained a massive amount of knowledge in all aspects of funeral directing, embalming, burial, cremation, funeral law, international shipping, pre-arrangements and grave markers.

My wife, Lee and I are tremendously connected to the community. We’ve been incredibly fortunate, so we feel it’s our obligation to give back. Together, we’re proud members of JCI (Junior Chamber International), The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and The Elks Lodge.

I am currently the Chaplain for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles where I offer comfort and support to the members and their families at a time of need. One of my proudest accomplishments was when we received the 2020 New Business of the Year Award at the Business Excellence Awards hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. A funeral home has never won that award before, so it was an especially exciting moment for us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly at 250-493-2929

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Lee Smith

Lee Smith

Marketing and Community Relations



Erin Paul

Erin Paul

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

When I was a nurse, I had always had a passion for caring for the dying.  I believe it is an absolute privilege to care for someone who is dying, but also for caring for them and their family, after they have passed.  After looking into the funeral profession, meeting with Kevin in the fall of 2017 and many months of thinking about making a HUGE career change, I took the plunge and have never looked back.  I started out as transfer staff, whilst still working as a nurse and when I made my mind up, I quit nursing altogether.  I knew this is where I am meant to be, and I love my job!!


I started my nursing career at Penticton Regional in January 2009 until June 2018.  I worked the last 4 years of my nursing career on Maternity, working with postpartum mums and babes, as well as medical and surgical patients.  I loved it, but always felt like I was missing something.


What I love about funeral service…… people have preconceived notions of what funeral professionals do.  Most people don’t know what our job really entails, until they need to come to us because someone has passed.  I love being able to talk to people about what we do.  I would love for death to be less of a taboo and a more common topic that people are more comfortable talking about.  As I said above, we are so privileged to do what we do.  We are working with people at one of the most difficult and vulnerable times of their lives.  I take pride in the work that I do, whether it is sitting with a family, in the prep room embalming or just the simple task of vacuuming the funeral home. I want families to have the most positive experience possible and I strive to make that happen.   


My most recent accomplishment – Graduating as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2020 and receiving my license in December.  I left a very stable job at 40 years old and took a chance going back to school.  I know lots of people do the same thing, even those older than me, but I am very proud of myself, nonetheless. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime at 250-493-2929.


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