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We help families experience meaningful moments.

Why Choose Kearney Funeral Services

We are established and Canadian family-owned allowing us to offer great service while still being small enough to care.

Our professionally trained and knowledgeable team have the experience required to ensure that every request and need is carried out with the highest level of professionalism and care. Rest assured, you will have peace of mind at Kearney’s.

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Over 100 Years of Affordable Care

Thomas James Kearney began coming to Vancouver in 1905. He was still operating his General Store in Bonanza Creek during the Klondike Gold Rush, but on a visit to Vancouver Tom fell in love with a lovely young local girl by the name of Catherine O’Connor. Although a professional Opera singer by trade, Catherine also helped her mother Brigit O’Connor lay out the deceased when a death occurred in their parish.

Tom thought he’d get close to Catherine if he started working with the funeral directors, and shortly after when an opportunity came to invest in the funeral home Green Simon & Lamp Co., Thomas took it. The struggling business needed more and more help and ultimately Tom moved to Vancouver to work there full time. He soon bought out the partners, becoming the sole owner in 1908.

In 1908 Thomas J. Kearney founded Kearney Funeral Services with a mission to serve the bereaved and offer the highest level of ethical and professional care in Vancouver. A lot in Vancouver has changed since 1908, but the high ethical standards and compassionate care Kearney’s was founded on still remain at the heart of our mission.

Our Care Continues Today

Today the Kearney family serves the Lower Mainland from four locations — Vancouver, New Westminster, Cloverdale/Surrey, and now Burnaby. Our family continues to grow with the addition of new team members and new services which we offer families who’ve entrusted us with their care.



Our Family

Michael Crean

President at Kearney Funeral Services

Michael Crean is the President and CEO of Kearney Funeral Services Ltd. He has been a resident of New Westminster for more than 30 years where he has been an active presence in the local community. In his professional life, Mike has been leading his locally owned family business for more than 35 years. He is a former board member of FSABC, Independent Funeral Service Association and the Provincial Government Funeral Trade Advisory Committee. Mike has been a passionate advocate for health care issues for decades, as founding member of the SFHR board and Community Health Council in New Westminster. Since that time, he has served at the highest levels on the boards of the Catholic Health Association of BC and Saint Mary’s Hospital. In addition, he was a founding board member of the Denominational Health Association. Most recently, he was chair of the Providence Health Care Society in Vancouver. Mike has also been involved for many years with Rotary. He is the former chair of World Community Service for Rotary District 5040 and was a member of Canadian Rotary Committee for International Development. Most recently, Mike completed his 15th trip in twenty years to Africa – two to Zimbabwe and thirteen to Uganda – where he worked to implement Rotary Projects., setting up hearing testing centres and operating equipment. Mike finds time to indulge in his hobbies: playing drums in two working bands, sailing, travelling, skiing, broomball, cycling, hiking, squash and racquetball.

Ryan Crean

Chief Operating Officer at Kearney Funeral Services

Ryan was born and raised in New Westminster. The 4th generation of a 100-year-old family business, Ryan entered the Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprenticeship program in 2006, becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2008. Following completion of his apprenticeship, Ryan returned to Simon Fraser University pursue a degree in Physics, completing his degree 2014 before returning to the family business. Ryan is an active member of the Vancouver Rotary Club as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1283. Ryan is married to Jennifer Kauppila and together have a young son Rowan. In his free time, Ryan enjoys skiing, mountain biking, reading and enjoying the outdoors. Ryan has a passion for helping the bereaved and is an advocate for bereavement education and out reach. He has worked to bring Dr. Alan Wolfelt to Vancouver, annual honour a life events and is an advocate for community work that directly impacts those suffering a loss.

"ryan.crean@kearneyfs.com"

Athena Theodorakakis

Operations Manager at Kearney Vancouver

Athena grew up in Burnaby and eventually moved to Whistler to enjoy the mountains and outdoors. She spent 9 years working in the hospitality and tourism industry before discovering her calling into Funeral Service. Her career as Funeral Director/Embalmer started in 2005. Currently, she is acting Manager of Kearney’s Vancouver Location and also serve as Chair of the Education and Apprenticeship Committee with the BC Funeral Association. Outside of work, she enjoys a strong cuppa tea, watching Liverpool FC, spending time with family, Irish dancing and travelling.

Aaron Morrison

Operations Manager at Kearney New Westminster and Burnaby

Aaron was born in Vancouver, B.C., spending his formative years in Prince George before returning to Burnaby to complete his BA at Simon Fraser University. He completed his B.C. Provincial Apprenticeship Funeral program in 1996; working full time in the funeral profession and later becoming Manager of Vancouver Memorial Services and Crematorium in 2000 and the General Manager of Hamilton-Harron Funeral Home in 2006. In March of 2009 he joined Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel where he served as Manager until April 2017. Since May 2017 Aaron has served as Operations Manager at Kearney Funeral Service (Columbia-Bowell Funeral Chapel, Kearney Burnaby Chapel and Kearney Cloverdale; where his is proud to continue his professional journey with a locally owned and independent funeral service provider. Active in outdoor sports and music, Aaron has served or is serving on several professional boards as well as community and fraternal associations. Entering his 28th year in the funeral profession, Aaron continues his dedication and commitment to the families that he and his colleagues serve at Kearney Funeral Services.

Sherry Moreau

Supervising Funeral Director at Kearney Columbia Bowell and Cloverdale

Born and raised in Midland, Ontario. Sherry discovered her calling to Funeral Service when she was in grade 11, after losing two grandparents within 24 hrs of one another. She completed an apprenticeship at her local independent funeral home and continued to volunteer when ever needed. Sherry moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2006 to pursue her licensing as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Graduating in 2009. Sherry understands the difficulty in making final arrangements for a loved one, having had to do so for her mother in 2009 and her daughter in 2014. Outside of work, Sherry enjoys cooking and playing with her son.

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. —Anonymous"

Megan Johnson

Funeral Director at Kearney Vancouver

Megan Johnson was born and raised in East Vancouver, attending Templeton Secondary School, Douglas College and UBC before pursuing a career in Funeral Services. Unable to secure an apprenticeship in Vancouver Megan relocated to the picturesque Nelson, BC where she served at Thompson Funeral Service for six years. Wanting to be closer to her family Megan moved back to Vancouver in July, 2017 and joined the Kearney family. She enjoys supporting her local community and is member of the Catholic Woman’s League, a Past Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters Bethel #7 and received her Celebrant title in May of 2017. She is committed to providing the best possible service and support to the families she sees.

Leon Fernando

Funeral Director at Kearney Vancouver

Leon brings with him over 47 years of experience in funeral service to Kearney’s. He started his career in Singapore as a funeral director and Embalmer, graduating from the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) in 1973. It is from his studies in London, England, where he gained his knowledge of the business. He has extensive experience with different customs and traditions. Leon migrated to Vancouver in 1990, where he continued to practice as a funeral director, embalmer and manager. When not serving families, Leon enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two granddaughters. He also enjoys camping, watching movies and especially working on cars.

Chris Bradshaw

Funeral Director at Kearney Columbia Bowell

Chris Bradshaw was born and raised in Zimbabwe immigrating to Canada with his family in 1990. He made the change to the funeral services profession in 2014 after running his own African travel business in Vancouver for 22 years. Chris graduated with Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Rhodesia in 1980 shortly before Zimbabwe’s Independence. After working in the courts for a time, Chris transitioned to various commercial jobs before leaving Zimbabwe. Chris graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Services in September 2017 and, having successfully completed all the requirements, is now a fully licensed British Columbia Funeral Director/Embalmer. Chris is a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of New Westminster and looks forward to continuing to serve his community and assisting families through the difficult experience of losing a loved one.

Christina Koh

Funeral Director at Kearney Vancouver

Christina Koh was born in Singapore and has travelled extensively. She graduated from high school and college in Melbourne, Australia. After immigrating to Canada, she worked in long term facilities providing care for elderly residents. It has always been her desire to help families during a time of need, so she went back to school with the Canadian College of Funeral Services where she obtained her funeral director and embalmer license. Christina Koh is a loving mother to two beautiful children. She is caring and compassionate. She has a gift of languages where she is fluent in Cantonese/Mandarin/Teochew/Taiwanese and can speak some Tagalog. When not working at the funeral home, Christina enjoys spending time vacationing with her husband and two kids, cooking, and cycling. She is also a member of the hospital union group.

Anne Plunkett-Rumley

Funeral Director and Financial Controller at Kearney Columbia Chapel

Anne Plunkett-Rumley born in County Cavan Ireland. May 1st 1987 started working with Kearney Funeral Services. I am the Financial Controller, a Vital Statistics Registrar and a Licenced Funeral Director, this is my vocation, working the bereaved, I am very compassionate, caring and detailed. A parishioner at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Walnut Grove ,I am very active in my parish, CWL member, Counting Team, Hospitality and Greeting Team, and an Extraordinary Minister . I enjoy my Family, Church, Friends, Gardening and my cats.


Careers

Funeral Director

Vancouver


Funeral Director- We are an independently owned and operated firm that have been serving the Greater Vancouver area since 1908. Since we were established in 1908, our philosophy and mission has been driven primarily by care and compassion for the bereaved which is at the core of everything we do. We are looking for a caring and compassionate funeral director who has a fundamental need to help others, and make a positive impact in their community. We are looking for a funeral director who believes that what they do makes a difference in people’s lives, and whom wants to carry on our mission of caring for the bereaved through meaningful service and gracious care to those whom need our help.


 This person will have no less than 5 years’ experience as a licensed funeral director. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (other languages an asset). They will be very empathetic, organized and possess excellent time management skills. Along with these attributes this person must also be capable of fulfilling the physical demands of the job.
This person must be a team player who leads by example, and challenges others to better fulfill their roles. Someone who comes to work with a great attitude and inspires others to do the same. This person must also be capable of working with, instructing and encouraging Apprentice Funeral Directors to reach their full potentials personally and in their roles as Funeral Service Professionals. This position requires leadership capabilities and a good set of director experiences and skills.

 
For candidates who embody these attributes this position has the potential for further advancement within the company.


BC license is preferable, but for the right candidate we are willing to facilitate licensing transfer.
Compensation including bonuses and benefits is competitive and will be tailored to match the qualification and skill of the individual applicant. For further information or to apply please contact Athena Theodorakakis at 604-736-0268 or by E-mail at athena.t@kearneyfs.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Administrator: Kearney Columbia-Bowell Funeral Chapel

Kearney Columbia Chapel, New Westminster

We are looking for compassionate, and caring individuals, who enjoy helping others.
We are an independent firm serving the greater Vancouver area since 1908 and are looking for a receptionist to add to our growing team. We are looking for individuals with excellent communication skills, who enjoy working with and helping people. The ideal candidate will be very organized, have a high sense of urgency, the ability to multitask and a pleasant demeanor. Must be proficient in English both spoken and verbal (other languages an asset) and be able to perform physical requirements of the job. Other tasks would entail:
- File management
- Assisting Directors with clerical duties
- Registering deaths with Vital Statistics
- Preparing permits, clergy records and death certificates
- Answering phones and emails
- Other administrative tasks as required
Compensation including bonuses and benefits is competitive and will be tailored to match the qualification, skill, and experience of the individual applicant. An opportunity for movement to other positions is possible. For further information or to apply please contact Aaron Morrison by E-mail at a.morrison@kearneyfs.com; or www.Keaneyfs.com We look forward to hearing from you.

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