A Winnipeg funeral director has been fined $1,000 and reprimanded for his behaviour at a funeral last year.
The Funeral Board of Manitoba has ordered Richard Wojcik to pay the $1,000 fine, along with $490 in hearing costs, according to a written decision released this week.
The board found that Wojcik's behaviour "demonstrated a lack of respect" to a grieving family and to the staff and volunteers of a Winnipeg church during a funeral in September 2010.
During the board's hearing in September, witnesses described Wojcik's behaviour at the funeral as loud, aggressive and angry.
One witness testified that Wojcik blocked the family as they were walking in the funeral procession, while others said they overheard him making "profane remarks" while he was standing outside the church.
Wojcik denies the accusations but told CBC News he does not plan to appeal the funeral board's ruling.
Wojcik also said it was a church official who had filed the complaint against him. The family was satisfied with his services, he added.
The board's ruling was made under the province's updated Funeral Directors and Embalmers Act, which came into effect in February 2010.
Between 2008 and 2010, a total of 40 complaints were filed under the act. Nineteen complaints have been filed so far in 2011, according to provincial government officials.