Owner/Licensed Director/Certified Celebrant
In 2022 Barry will have served in the Funeral and Cemetery Profession for 40 years. He is honored to support his community at a time of their greatest need.
Having experienced tremendous loss himself, Barry feels he is well equipped to listen to and support those experiencing a loss.
Barry worked for independent funeral homes early in 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 our profession in our community has allowed Barry to meet with families one on one and truly help where he is most needed. Today Barry spends most of his time meeting with families who are considering prearrangement, at the time of their loss and as a Certified Celebrant leading services for their loved ones.
Believing that service to community is an integral part of owning and operating any business, Barry finds himself very involved with the Masonic Fraternity. Two of the Lodges and the Shrine Club meet within our funeral homes. Barry is a Past Master of Euclid Lodge #158 in Parksvile and is a member of Nanaimo Lodge #110 in Nanaimo and Barclay Lodge #90 in Port Alberni. He is also a Past President of the Parksville Qualicum Shrine Club. Having the opportunity to participate in the “community of caregivers” finds Barry involved in many educational seminars and he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Oceanside Hospice Society.
In his spare time Barry enjoys landscaping, kayaking, golf, hiking, road cycling and he has a passion for bird photography. Of course, Barry adores his 3 grandchildren and along with wife Rae, loves spending as much time with them as possible!
Having witnessed the profession transition over many years, Barry believes we have a responsibility as a Family Company 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 the families we serve.