Our Staff

Alan MacLeod Sr. 

Funeral Director

Alan has been in the funeral profession since 1967.  He was first employed with Ross Funeral Home and then he worked as a funeral director for Angus Funeral Homes and MacQuarrie Funeral Home in Pictou County.   He moved to Shubenacadie in 1980 to work for Wayne Hatt, who had  recently purchased the funeral home from Albert Ettinger.  Alan became the managing director in 1985 when the business was sold to The Loewen  Group. In September, 2013 he and his son, Al Jr., became the proud owners of Ettinger Funeral Home.  Alan Sr. is a past president of both the of the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors as well as the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia.   He has been involved in many groups in Shubenacadie and the surrounding areas for many years. 

Alan is a father of 3 children, he enjoys spending time with his 5 grandchildren, working on his cottage, driving his old 1941 Ford pickup to car shows and watching NASCAR races.

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Al MacLeod Jr. 

Funeral Director 

Al started working part time with his dad at Ettinger Funeral Home as a teenager. He graduated from the Funeral Services Program at the Kingstec Campus, NSCC in Kentville in 1994 and launched his career later that year on his father’s 50th birthday, September 12.   He completed his apprenticeship and earned his Funeral Director and Embalmer’s licences in 1996. Al feels that the training he received while the firm was corporately owned allows him to view things from a broader perspective.  He is proudly carrying on the tradition at Ettinger Funeral Home of exceptional service to families.  Al is currently the chairman of the  Shubenacadie Community Development Association, and a past president of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia.

Al and his wife Kelly live in  Shubenacadie East. He is the proud father of Holly, Ben and Jack.  He enjoys carpentry work and spending time with his young family. 

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Gillian VanTol
Funeral Director

Gillian began her apprenticeship at our funeral home in September 2017.  We are proud to announce that she has graduated with honours from the Funeral and Allied Health Services Program at Nova Scotia Community College in June 2019.   Gillian is now a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer, completing the practical examinations for both disciplines with stellar results.

Gillian grew up in Milford and has resided in Shubenacadie since 2018.  She was previously employed as a Continuing Care Assistant and worked in home care for several years before deciding to pursue a career in the funeral profession.  She enjoys painting as a creative outlet and hobby.

Kelly MacLeod 

Office Administrator 

Raised right here in Shubenacadie, Kelly joined our team at Ettinger Funeral Home in August, 2015.  She was trained at CompuCollege for medical office assistant and from the medical unit clerk program at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and graduated with  honours from both programs.  She began her career as a medical unit clerk at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, she then worked at Foot Hills Hospital and the South Calgary Urgent Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Upon returning to Nova Scotia, she worked at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax.  She most recently spent 5 years employed as the transportation supervisor at Shaw Resources in Milford.  Kelly's experience in customer service is a great asset to our business. 

She and her husband Al live in nearby Shubenacadie East with their young son, Jack.  

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Carol Goswell 

Office Administrator 

Carol has been the office manager at Ettinger Funeral Home since 2000. She joined our team after a career in banking at the Royal Bank.  Carol's friendly personality has made her a key employee here for the past 17 years.  She also enjoys sewing, quilting and spending time with her family at her cottage. Carol has been a dedicated volunteer in her community, particularly for the Cancer Society. 

Carol lives in Mill Village with her husband Harold and she has 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

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Robert Conley 

Funeral Attendant 

Robert began working at Ettinger Funeral Home as a young man out of high school in 1963.  He started as an apprentice and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1967.  Changing his career path in 1973, he began his training in commercial and  residential construction. Robert worked for several construction companies, for Merlin Kerr, Doncaster Construction and he ended his career with the B.D. Stevens' owned Citadel Construction, where he spent several years working in the southern United States. After returning to Nova Scotia to retire in 2006, Robert came back to Ettinger Funeral Home in 2009.  His wealth of experience and knowledge is invaluable to us. 

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Lauren Fraser

Apprentice Funeral Director

Lauren has been an apprentice funeral director and embalmer at Ettinger Funeral Home since September 2019.  She successfully completed the Funeral and Allied Health Services Program at Nova Scotia Community College in 2021, becoming it's first Mi'kmaq graduate from Nova Scotia.   Lauren is currently working towards attaining her professional license in both funeral directing and embalming.

Lauren was raised on her family's dairy farm in Hardwoodlands and is proud of her agricultural roots. She has demonstrated a great work ethic and enjoys helping our client families in their time of need.  

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