- Catered Receptions
- Event Space
- Funeral Celebrants
- Multicultural Funerals
Let’s celebrate life
Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre is located at 356 Rubidge St., Peterborough, Ontario. The well-appointed facility features a comfortable and spacious chapel, large visitation rooms, a passenger elevator for accessibility and a beautiful reception area. The Dignity Room was developed to showcase the options available to all families—including floral arrangements, catering menus, personalized cremation urns and caskets—and assist in creating a unique and memorable funeral services.
Our mission at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre is to help families create personalized funerals and memorials. This approach keeps us open to traditional religious rites as well as contemporary gatherings that deeply reflect a person's life. That means that whether you want a basic cremation with cremated remains scattered in a personally meaningful place, a funeral in our cozy chapel with cemetery burial nearby, or a modern celebration of life with live music, favourite foods and a send-off that expresses the passions of yourself or your loved one, we are happy to deliver.
Want an afternoon ice cream social? Or maybe an evening wine and cheese gathering is a better fit. Were you thinking about a garden-themed funeral complete with a afternoon tea party, attendees all in sun hats and personalized seed packets as takeaways? If you can imagine it, we can make it happen.
Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, the funeral home team can explain the process and different options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service or a witness cremation to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice—and handle all of the cremation arrangements.
At Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can be overwhelming. In addition to assisting during your immediate time of need, our funeral directors specialize in working with families to plan ahead. By preparing in advance, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met and your budget is kept. We offer a complimentary planning guide with no obligation.
Please contact us for a tour of the funeral home or to plan a funeral. We are here for you.
In 2016, Comstock Funeral Home merged with Kaye Funeral Home & Memorial Chapel to form Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre. Among the oldest businesses in Peterborough, Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre has been a member of the community for more than 160 years.
Early days of Comstock Funeral Home
In the 1800s, the funeral home was known as Comstock Funeral Home. It was operated by the Poole brothers, Edwin and Thomas, as a furniture and cabinetry business. Aaron Comstock moved to Peterborough from Colborne and began working as a cabinetmaker for the Pooles. Aaron eventually became a partner and bought the business in 1853. Although it was originally located at the corner of Brock and Chamber streets, their furniture store was moved to 300 George St. and a funeral parlour was added.
Aaron’s sons, William, John and Manson, joined the family business. By 1926, the store and funeral parlour had moved to 305 Water St.
The middle of the 20th century and beyond
The businesses moved again to Rubidge Street in 1949. This building, the current location of Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, was built as a home in 1882. The Comstocks added a chapel and front façade to the building in 1949. They sold their furniture store in 1955 to Yolles Furniture Co. Ltd. of Toronto. However, the Comstock family continued the funeral home, and expansion of the business led to renovations and an addition to the building in 1960. The renovations continued in 2006 with the addition of an elevator.
Kaye Funeral Home gets its start
The Kaye Funeral Home was founded by George Maxwell “Max” Kaye on June 13, 1946. In the early years of the business, Max ran an ambulance and taxi business to supplement his income. In 1963, a chapel was added. In 1966 and 1967, Max’s sons, Ken and Ron, joined the family business. In 1993, the Kaye family sold the business. Max died in 1997. Ron remained to serve families at Kaye Funeral Home & Memorial Chapel until August of 2016.
Two funeral businesses become one
Kaye and Comstock merged to form Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre in 2016. Ron Kaye continues to serve families at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre.
At Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, we firmly believe that taking care of each other is what community is all about. Our community involvement includes decorating the rooftop garden in the Palliative Garden Unit of Peterborough Regional Health Centre during winter, planting trees with Kawartha Land Trust (Kawartha Heritage Conservancy), driving legion members to the Remembrance Day Parade and our annual Hope and Renewal Service.
We cherish the community we serve and invite you to join us for our upcoming events.
Comstock-Kaye Antique Estimate Show
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Are you curious about the history or value or something you own? You are invited to spend a couple of minutes with a select group of Peterborough professionals that have the knowledge. Limit of three items.
Our professional appraisers are: Keith Monk of Keith Monk Auction Service, Mike Seeley of The Antique Shop, Harry Hamill of Mid-West Tool Collector's Association, and James Gold & Silver Buyers.