Allan Hughson

Owner, Licensed Class 1 Funeral Director

Allan was raised in Aylmer, Ontario by his parents Joyce and Gordon Hughson. His family owned and operated Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for twenty one years and then moved to St. Thomas in 1966 when they purchased Williams Funeral Home. Allan knew at a very young age that he had a passion for helping people. His empathy for others combined with the knowledge from growing up in a family run business led him to pursue a career in the Funeral Service Industry. Allan, a graduate of Humber College, was honoured to take over his father’s business with his brother Gary and continue the long-standing tradition of dedication and service that their father had established. Allan lives in the St. Thomas community with his wife Kim; They have four children, also living in the St. Thomas and surrounding area. He has been working in the funeral service industry for over 40 years and proudly serving St. Thomas-Elgin community for over 37 years as a licensed funeral director and could not imagine living or working in a better community.

Gary Hughson

Owner, Licensed Class 1 Funeral Director

Gary was raised in Aylmer, Ontario by his parents Joyce and Gordon Hughson. His family owned and operated Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for twenty-one years and then moved to St. Thomas in 1966 when they purchased Williams Funeral Home. Gary, a graduate of Humber College also made the decision to pursue a career in the Funeral Service Industry and continue on in the family business, alongside his brother Allan. The two brothers have continued working together throughout the years with the shared goal of taking care of the families within their community. Gary has been serving the St. Thomas-Elgin area for over 36 years as a licensed funeral director.

Owen Boughner

Licensed Class 1 Funeral Director

Owen was born and raised in Southwold Township, son of Marilyn and Jim Boughner and continues to live in the Southwold community with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of Arthur Voaden Secondary School and Humber College. Owen has worked at Williams Funeral home for 27 years and has been serving the St. Thomas-Elgin Community as a licensed funeral director for over 25 years.

Dave Gifford

Licensed Class 1 Funeral Director

Dave was born and raised in the St. Thomas community, son of Sheila and Ken Gifford and continues to live in St. Thomas with his wife Heather. Dave has been with Williams since 2000 and has been a fully licensed Funeral Director since 2003. Past experience includes volunteering with Port Stanley and Yarmouth Center Central Elgin Fire Departments.

David now offers his time as the lead embalmer at both the University of Western Ontario and University of Waterloo Body Bequeathal Program, for Anatomical Research. 

Matt Hughson

Internship -  Class 1 Funeral Director

Matt was born and raised in the St. Thomas community, son of Allan and Kim Hughson and continues to live in St. Thomas with his wife Miranda. Matt is currently completing his Internship to become a fully licensed Class 1 Funeral Director, through Humber College. Past experience includes sporting equipment design in the Toronto area before his passion shifted to serving his local community. Matt sets his sights on upholding the passion, tradition, and care the Williams name represents.

Ali Harris

Office Manager

Ali was born and raised in St. Thomas, daughter of Allan and Kim Hughson and continues to live in the St. Thomas-Elgin community with her two children. She is a graduate of Parkside Collegiate Institute, Wilfred Laurier University and Fanshawe College. Growing up in a funeral service family, Ali learned early on the importance of giving back to her community and what a privilege it is to serve the members of the community in which she lives and works.

Todd Ruddock

FDA and Maintenance Supervisor

Todd was born and raised near the rural community of Sparta where he continues to live with his wife and son. The son of Malcolm and Donna Rust and the late Wayne Ruddock. Todd is a graduate of Parkside Collegiate Institute and attended Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay ON. He began working for Williams in 1996. From 2000-2012, Todd enjoyed the opportunity to experience the retail side of one of his passions, motorcycles. Working for G+G Motorcycles ltd. and Forest City Honda in London. In 2013, Todd returned to Williams and once again appreciates the opportunity to serve the St. Thomas-Elgin Community. Todd feels right at home with the team at Williams as they all share compassion and empathy and the willingness to lend a helping hand or a comforting hug to those in need.