Our People Are Here to Help

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We are a family-owned business and our employees are part of that family.  Our team takes pride in not only serving the Oceanside and Port Alberni communities, but also being involved participants.  Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below.

Barry Tuck

Barry Tuck

Owner | Licensed Director

Having worked in Funeral and Cemetery Service his whole life, Barry brings over 30 years’ experience serving families and the community at a time of their greatest need. Having experienced loss himself Barry feels he is well equipped to listen to and support families. Barry worked for independent funeral homes early is his career and then moved to the corporately owned groups. It was with the corporately owned homes that Barry took on expanded management roles and upon leaving the corporate world he was accountable for multiple funeral/cemetery locations within the Province of Manitoba. Coaching and training his own team took up most of his time and it led him to reconsider his career objectives. Having the opportunity to come back to the grass roots of funeral service in our community has allowed Barry to meet with families one on one and truly help where he is most needed.

Believing that service to community is an integral part of owning and operating any business Barry finds himself in Euclid #158 Masonic Lodge which actually meets within our Funeral Home in Parksville, . Barry has served as the Worshipful Master from 2014-2016. As well he is a member of Barclay #90 Masonic Lodge in Port Alberni. Barry is a member of the Parksville Qualicum Shrine Club and will serves as a Director. In addition Barry is a member of the Van Isle Shriners Show and Shine #16 which operates the annual “On the Beach” Parksville Show and Shine Car Show. Having an opportunity to participate in the “community of caregivers” finds Barry involved in education seminars with the Oceanside Hospice Society and several other groups from time to time.

In his spare time Barry enjoys kayaking, hiking, road cycling and of course spending time with his wife and children. It just so happens that in 2015 the first two grandchildren (and hopefully more to come!) were welcomed.

Barry firmly believes that we are responsible to think in terms of “People before Profit” as it relates to the career opportunities for our Team and indeed the ethical treatment of the community and families we serve.

Email: barrytuck@yatesmemorial.ca


Rae Tuck

Rae Tuck

Owner | Client Care

Rae is accountable for the oversight of the Financial Management of our company, marketing and personal development for our team,  Her day to day duties are not limited to but include accounts receivable and payables, payroll, inventory as well as property management. Having worked as a Professional Commercial Property Manager for many years, Rae is suited well to the detailed aspects of many of the behind the scenes responsibilities. Having the ability to oversee the business side of our company allows Rae to serve our client families by ensuring we will be a sound and healthy company for many years to come!

Rae is often the “positive energy” for our team when we are challenged to serve within our profession and to be “there” for our client families. Known for her Thursday morning “positive and inspiring” quotes, Rae creates a healthy balance for our Team.

Involvement in the community is important to Rae. She is a member of Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce Clubs of Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach and Parksville.  Rae finds herself on many committees supporting community initiatives like fundraisers and awareness campaigns.

Rae is a proud grandmother of her first two grandchildren and a strong family advocate. She enjoys her morning workouts, doing yoga/meditation and many outdoor activities. She is certainly a positive energy appreciated by us all!

Email: raetuck@yatesmemorial.ca


Bradd Tuck

Bradd Tuck

Apprentice Director

Bradd had worked within our Profession while obtaining his Post-Secondary education over the past few years. In January 2016 Bradd made the decision to join our Team and pursue a career in Funeral Service. 

Bradd obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with Honors and Distinction at the University of Victoria. Upon graduation he managed one of BC Parks finest locations right here at Rathtrevor Beach. 

Bradd married his wife Carlea in 2013 at the Heritage Museum in Craig Bay. Bradd and Carlea welcomed their first child, Oliver in the fall of 2015. 

As an avid outdoorsman, road cyclist and devoted husband and father, Bradd enjoys all that our wonderful community has to offer! 

Bradd entered the Provincial Funeral Service Apprenticeship program in September 2016. As an empathetic person Bradd looks forward to serving his community for many years to come. 

We believe that Bradd has a tremendous future within our community and welcome him to our Team. 


Mike Potts

Mike Potts

Licensed Director

Being a Funeral Director in Parksville, Mike also takes great pride in helping families define their memorialization choices in our Cemetery. Mike feels strongly that he is able to best serve his client families by being able to offer his services from a full service facility and cemetery. As an empathetic and thoughtful person, Mike takes great pride in working with many ethnic and culturally diverse families. 

Mike has recently joined the Army Reserves and supports the Royal Canadian Scottish Princess Mary’s Army Cadets.  As an outdoor enthusiast, Mike and his family have quite a hobby farm adding animals, ducks and chickens on a regular basis. 

Mike had spent 15 years in the construction industry and is a man with many talents. If he isn’t busy enough we tend to rely on Mike to repair and build all sorts of things within our facility! 


Steve Knapp

Steve Knapp

Licensed Director

Steve is one of our four Licensed Funeral Directors whose primary responsibility is to look after our Port Alberni location, which often takes him to the communities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Assisting client families with their loved one’s end of life arrangements has been a progressive process for Steve beginning over 7 years ago with Yates. 

After 27 years in Social Services, Steve has had a seamless transition to our profession. A desire to help others in their time of need is evident in Steve’s character. 

A huge sports enthusiast, has seen him coach hockey in the Oceanside Minor Hockey Association. 

During camping season Steve can be found almost every weekend entertaining friends at his nearby RV/Resort location! 


Carlea Tuck

Carlea Tuck

Accounting Assistant

Carlea recently joined our Team to further support her family and serve our community.

A detail-oriented and organized person, Carlea comes to us with a Residential Property Management background. Having graduated with a Linguistics Degree from the University of Victoria, Carlea has a diverse background that suits our ever-evolving profession.

Carlea has an interest in the outdoors, reading, cooking and home improvement and leads a very busy lifestyle!

As a devoted mother to Oliver and wife to Bradd, Carlea believes in balancing her professional life with that of nurturing a wonderful family.

Carlea, Bradd and Oliver will be welcoming a “new edition” to their family in January 2018!!


Heather Ash

Heather Ash

Accounting Assistant

Heather has brought her tremendous accounting/administrative skills to our team. Having a desire to be “perfect” in her work lends well to the expectations of serving our client’s needs. Among many, many tasks, Heather helps clients access their pre funded arrangements at the time of need and in turn creates and performs required audit checks of all our financial procedures related to those funds, ensuring we are compliant with our Provincial Regulators.

A warm and caring person, Heather’s contribution to our success is not only measured in numbers but in her enthusiasm and commitment to the team.

Born and raised in the Oceanside community, Heather loves to explore the entire Island and enjoys the outdoors!


Donna L. Liberty

Donna L. Liberty

Client Care

Donna has been with Yates Parksville in many administrative and accounting roles since 2007. Best described as a Client Care Specialist, Donna is now our first contact with clients whether that be by phone or in person. Donna is ultimately the person who works in the background for clients who have met with a Licensed Funeral Director. To satisfy our Provincial and Regulatory Boards there are countless administrative procedures behind the scenes and Donna has become an expert in satisfying those requirements. 

Having lived in the Oceanside Community for over 35 years, Donna worked with the SOS for over 20 years. She has coordinated many initiatives such as Caring for Kids at Christmas, Haven Home and Meals on Wheels. 

A lover of pets and wildlife, you can find her on the beach everyday with her puppies, Nikki and Cassie. And, once a year at the New Year’s Polar Bear Swim you will actually find Donna in the water! She has been a steady participant for 23 years! 


Jill Major

Jill Major

Client Care

Jill is a Client Care specialist in our Parksville location. As one of the first contacts families have when reaching out to us, Jill’s warmth, compassion and friendliness quickly puts people at ease.

Responsible for reception and administrative duties that support our Funeral Directors, Jill can be counted on to follow through with the countless tasks and responsibilities behind the scene.

Having come to us with several years of administration in real-estate, and paired with her caring personality and passion to help others, Jill finds her career in our profession very rewarding.

Jill moved to our community from Ontario in 2015.  She  enjoys the benefits of raising her two children in a very community oriented environment and is happy to call Qualicum Beach her home!


Patricia McDowall

Patricia McDowall

Client Care

Patty is a Client Care Specialist in the Port Alberni Funeral Home and Cemetery. Patty is an empathetic and attentive personality for families to communicate with as they journey through the loss of a loved one.   

A longtime resident of the Valley, Patty and her husband John are members of Trinity Church where she is the Treasurer and Parish Council Chair.  She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Arbutus #68 (Parksville) and Alberni #100 (Port Alberni). Patty has a keen interest in genealogy and is the Treasurer for Alberni Valley Genealogy.   

Patty and John have been married for over 40 years, have 3 married children and 3 grandchildren. In addition to their dedicated community involvement they love spending time with family. 


Dave Evans

Dave Evans

Cemetery Care

Dave is the Cemetery Care Specialist in Port Alberni and he also is the grounds keeper for the Funeral Home. Skilled in the many aspects of interments and monument/marker placement, Dave is accountable for the ongoing beautification of our properties. 

Having a wide range of experience from past employment with McMillan & Bloedel, the Coastguard and self-employment in auto and boat detailing, Dave has an eye for making things just right! 

In his spare time Dave enjoys watching sports and with his large group of friends who spend time as back yard mechanics. 

We must not forget “Emma”…his little Yorkie companion. You won’t see Dave without seeing “Emma”! 


Jeff Tickell

Jeff Tickell

Crematory Operator

A tremendous asset to our team, Jeff is responsible for overseeing our cemeteries as it relates to beautification and interment rights. Added to that, Jeff is our crematorium operator and can also be found assisting in all aspects our day to day operations. Jeff was one of the original staff members in Parksville when the funeral home and cemetery came into being. 

Having lived in our community for over 23 years, Jeff is married with 2 adult children. Over the years Jeff has contributed in the community through many of his children’s sports. 

A team is only as strong as its individual people. Jeff certainly contributes his share and more! 


Real Lachance

Real Lachance

Cemetery Care

Real has a unique position within our group as he is the Cemetery Care Specialist in Parksville and serves on one of our two teams of evening/weekend Transfer Specialists. Having over 30 years of landscaping experience, you can find Real pruning and detailing our beautiful cemetery into a peaceful parklike setting. Indeed every second week, Real, then spends his evenings and weekend on-call to serve the community transferring loved ones from their place of passing into our care at the funeral home. 

As an avid photographer, Real is well known around the world for the postcards and pictures he creates and sells. Real enjoys gardening at home (of course!) and is proud of the tomatoes he produces year after year. 

Real is married with three children and no doubt they enjoy his tremendous sense of humor! 


Henri van Amerongen

Henri van Amerongen

Client Care

Henri compliments his role as a client care specialist during our regular work week, by working alternating evenings and weekends as a transfer team member. Henri is a volunteer at SOS, a life coach and counselor. He appreciates the opportunity to give support to our families in need.

Don Fulton

Don Fulton

Transfer Specialist

As a Transfer specialist Don spends every second week/weekend on call to serve the community transferring loved ones from their place of passing into our care at the funeral home. 

Having over 30 years in Healthcare, Don is well suited to provide compassion and understanding to families in need. 

In Don’s spare time he can be found enjoying time with his wife, his children and his grandchildren! Don and his wife love to camp and do so on our island as often as they can. Don enjoys his guitar and photography and is also quite a craftsman at woodworking!


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