This week in our #ThenAndNow Tuesday, we are looking at the Skinner and Middlebrook Funeral Home.
A landmark in every sense of the word, Skinner and Middlebrook Funeral Home in Port Credit has been a cornerstone of the community for generations.
The building that houses the funeral home was originally built, in part, in 1923-24. George Frederick Skinner (1885-1977) established the funeral home here in 1924, and was assisted in those early years by undertaker Otto Wellington Cavan (1879-1957). Fred was a cousin of the prominent Skinner family of Mineola, which likely played a part in bringing him to Port Credit after having previously operating a funeral home in Schomberg.
In 1939, Frank Middlebrook came to apprentice under Fred Skinner, and in 1941 he graduated from the Canadian School of Embalming. In 1947 Skinner and Middlebrook Limited Funeral Home was formed. The building, first opened in 1924, underwent an expansion in 1952. In 1961 the funeral home was sold to long-time employee John Insley, who retained the name of Skinner and Middlebrook.
In 1962 additional renovations and additions altered the façade of the building into what we see today. Look closely at the windows and front door on the east side of the building, and you will see catch glimpses of the 1924 building peaking through the modern façade.
On Monday June 20, 2022, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee held a public meeting to provide information on the proposed development at 128 Lakeshore Road East.
Visit https://www.mississauga.ca/council/committees/planning-and-development-committee/ for a recording of the meeting.
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