First Memorial Funeral Services

1211 Sutherland Ave Kelowna, BC V1Y5Y2

Associates

  • Denise L Andre

    Funeral Director

    Denise Andre started in funeral service in 1988, continuing until her maternity leave in 1995. She returned part time in 1996 and full time in 2010. Denise enjoys the variety of funeral service and being of help to people through a difficult time.

    While working part time, Denise home-schooled her daughter, ran a family day care and taught skating. Denise began figure skating at the age of 6 and has skated competitively, skated professionally with Ice Follies and coached for about 15 years. Her passion for skating was passed to her daughter who also became a figure skater and a dancer, competing in both sports before becoming a professional ballet dancer. Denise hopes to someday be a figure skating judge.

    Denise volunteers at two of the local dance studios, sewing costumes and working backstage during ballet recitals and theatre productions. She organizes Kiwanis' annual dance competition—constructing the syllabus, scheduling the competitors, recommending adjudicators and getting volunteer involvement. She also volunteers at Ballet Kelowna performances.

    Denise and her husband have been together since 1984 and their marriage remains strong despite her extensive time away to help with her daughter's career. The two enjoy taking vacations together to relax. Denise has one daughter, a step daughter, step son and two granddaughters.

  • Toni Ann Brannigan

    Funeral Director

    Toni Brannigan has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1997. Originally from Edmonton, she moved to the sunny Okanagan to be closer to family in 1992 and began pursuing her passion for funeral service shortly after. Toni enjoys meeting new people and helping to create meaningful tributes. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her daughter, parents and friends, volunteering in the community, playing sports, camping and sewing.

  • Carolyne Tilda Gamble

    Funeral Director

    Carolyne Gamble has been serving families in and around Kelowna since 2016. After a 15 year career in the Ontario government and 10 years helping children develop as a pre-school teacher, she decided to pursue her passion as a funeral director, enrolling at the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2015. She soon accepted a funeral director and embalmer apprenticeship with our team and has been with us since, helping families through the healing process as a funeral director. Outside of work, Carolyne enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children. She also enjoys hiking in the Okanagan, gardening and relaxing on the beach.

  • Terance Coderre

    Manager

    Born and raised in Forget, Saskatchewan, Terance Coderre has more than 35 years of funeral service experience. He started in the industry with his older brother and has worked in all areas of funeral service throughout his tenure. Terance strives to provide the best level of care to all families he serves. He and his wife have one daughter. In his free time, Terance enjoys hockey, camping, golfing and watching the Kelowna Rockets. He is also the past president of The Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside, of which he has been a member for 10 years.