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Funeral home says relocation controversy is a 'positive'

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Vancouver funeral home which is the subject of an online petition says it has been getting a lot of support since controversy erupted.

Trevor Crean with Kearney Funeral Services admits the launch of the petition, to fight the company’s relocation to the southern foot of the Cambie Street Bridge, took them by surprise, but he says people are lining up behind them.

“It’s actually turned into something positive. The outpouring of support that we’ve received online is quite amazing and humbling,” he notes.

He says he can’t believe anyone would object to their business.

“Our regular operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through to Saturday. There’s nothing unruly about this line of work. We’re just here to help families put together a memorial service.”

People who live in the nearby condos, like Hank Mageau, feel a funeral home doesn’t belong there. Mageau has lived in the building for six years and says she doesn’t look forward to looking out over her deck to see the funeral home.

“The funeral home is basically where bodies are prepared for funerals and lie in wake. I guess it’s kind of weird to me and kind of creepy,” she says.

“I think emotionally it’s upsetting. It’s a fact of life I don’t want to see every day.”

As of Friday night, 169 people have signed the petition.

Kearney hopes to have its offices open at West 2nd Ave. and Cambie by the end of March.