Funeral director who drove drunk to service suspended

The building housing the offices of Leclaire Brothers Funeral Home. The Funeral Board of Manitoba...

The building housing the offices of Leclaire Brothers Funeral Home. The Funeral Board of Manitoba suspended a funeral director last week for drinking and driving during a funeral. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun file photo)

Dean Pritchard, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

A Winnipeg funeral director who drove drunk to a funeral service and procession has had his licence suspended for six months.

The Funeral Board of Manitoba also fined Aurele LeClaire $6,000.

At a hearing last May, Leclaire, 51, of LeClaire Brothers Funeral Home, admitted to five breaches of the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Act, including excessive use of alcohol, incompetency affecting the public interest, and failing to represent the profession in an honourable way.

“(LeClaire’s) drinking put not only himself but others at grave risk,” the funeral board wrote, in a decision made public last week. “Driving in funeral processions is an important part of most funeral directors’ duties ... The danger of driving while intoxicated cannot be minimized nor can the danger and inappropriateness of doing so while carrying out professional duties.”


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