Blenheim Office Administration
Sherry Burri has been a longtime resident of Blenheim. Shortly after her birth in Simcoe, her parents made the decision to move back to the beautiful town of Blenheim where they had both grown up. Sherry’s grandfather, L. Stewart Paling married a Blenheim girl, Maude Holmes, and then he started a career as one of the first Real Estate Agents in Blenheim, he was on the Town Council for many years, and even served a term as Mayor. Her paternal grandparents Frank & Bessie Pokornik emigrated from Czechoslovakia and made their home in Blenheim as well. Sherry’s parents, Jerry and Shirley Pokornik owned and operated a tool & die shop “The Toolroom” in Blenheim, so Sherry’s roots in the Blenheim community are very deep. In her early years, Sherry went to the Talbot Street School, then attended W.J. Baird Public School, and went on to graduate from the Blenheim District High School.
Sherry married her husband Peter in 1979 and during the first few years of marriage they worked in the family restaurant, “Mamma’s”. Then their lives took a different path when they started a signs and graphics business, “Auto Trim Design”, still currently working for many of the local automotive dealerships in Kent and Essex counties.
When her children Alaina and Mitchell were raised, she worked part time for several years in office administration for Jon Ford who owned the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim. Then in 2007 when Rob McKinlay purchased the Funeral Home, Sherry was “adopted” into the McKinlay Funeral Home family and has worked full-time ever since. “Working at the Funeral Home has never felt like just a job to me, it’s really a way that I can help the community that I love, and I have the privilege of working in one of the most beautiful buildings in Blenheim” she says.
Her family all live in Blenheim and she has enjoyed seeing her children and grandchildren attend the same schools that she did. She loves spending time with her grandchildren Avia, Levi, and little Everly, her volunteer work as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and summer vacations on Manitoulin Island where she can catch her breath and enjoy the sunsets.