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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.

"michael.crean@kearneyfs.com"

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 to pursue a degree in Physics, completing his degree in 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 they 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, is an organizer of annual honour a life events and 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 Operations 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.

"athena.t@kearneyfs.com"

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.

"a.morrison@kearneyfs.com"

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 was born in County Cavan Ireland. On May 1st 1987 she started working with Kearney Funeral Services. She is the Financial Controller, a Vital Statistics Registrar and a Licenced Funeral Director, this is her vocation. Working with the bereaved, she is very compassionate, caring and detailed. A parishioner at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Walnut Grove , she is very active in her parish, CWL member, Counting Team, Hospitality and Greeting Team, and an Extraordinary Minister . She enjoys her Family, Church, Friends, Gardening and cats.

Steven Colón

Funeral Director at Kearney New Westminster

Steven Colón was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. When his mother moved back to Puerto Rico, he decided to join her there, where he completed his studies in Funeral Directing, Embalming, and Autopsy Assisting. He worked in Puerto Rico for 6 years as a Funeral Director and Embalmer until 1999, when he moved to join his wife in Vancouver. In 2000, Steven worked with Kearney Funeral Home (Broadway & Oak location) as a Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, and later at Columbia-Bowell (New Westminster) location. Steven is ever mindful of the needs of all the family he serves, endeavouring to provide the best possible service with compassion and dignity, and in accordance to the wishes of loved ones. Steven is currently a parishioner of the St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the BCBP (Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals). Steven and his wife Belinda are loving parents to four Puerto Rican Chihuahuas that they adopted from the same canine family.


Careers

Licensed Funeral Director

Vancouver

Full Time position available at our Vancouver Location.
Who we are:
• We are an independent, local, family owned and operated Funeral Home serving the greater Vancouver area since 1908.
What we are looking for:
• Licensed Funeral Director
The eligible candidate will:
• Have experience in all types of Funeral related services (Arranging, coordinating of services held in Chapel, Church, Memorial, Visitation, Reception/Catered events, Burial, Cremation, Entombment, Minimum Cremation needs)
• Excel in both written and verbal English communication (other languages an asset)
• Be naturally empathetic
• Be remarkably organized with the ability to manage time efficiently yet effectively
• Be able to complete the physical demands of the job
• Be dedicated, caring and service driven
• Have a good demeanor and professional outlook
• Be an excellent communicator and team player
• Hold themselves to a high standard of service
• Build excellent relationships with families and within the community
• Be a team player who leads by example, and challenges others to better fulfill their roles
• Have a great attitude and truly loves our profession
• Be a leader and encourage Apprentice Funeral Directors to reach their full potentials both personally and in their roles as Funeral Service Professionals
• Not be afraid of doing other important tasks (cleaning vehicles, assisting with clerical duties as required etc)
• Have a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekends
• Have a Class 5 drivers license with a clean driving record
For candidates who embody these attributes, this position has the potential for further advancement within the company.
A BC Funeral Directors license is preferred, however for the right candidate, we will facilitate licensing transfer requirements.
Compensation (including bonuses and benefits) is competitive and will be tailored to match the qualification and skill of the individual applicant.
To apply, or for more information please send resumes with cover letter to:
Athena Theodorakakis, Operations Manager athena.t@kearneyfs.com

Respectfully, only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Receptionist/Administrative assistant

Vancouver

Who we are:
• We are an independent, local, family owned and operated Funeral Home serving the greater Vancouver area since 1908.
What we are looking for:
• Receptionist/Administrative assistant
The position:
• Answering phones
• Responding to emails
• Preparing reports using Microsoft Office Excel
• Taking payment and issuing receipts
• Photocopying and replenishing office paperwork
• Greeting families for Funerals/Visitations/Arrangements
• Making Coffee/Tea for families who are making Funeral Arrangements
• General upkeep of front desk, lobby, washrooms and arrangement room areas
• Entering file information into Funeral Home Software
• Preparing Registrations of death and producing death certificates
• Submitting obituary notices, preparing proofs and corresponding with families
• Assisting with other general office duties as required or assigned
An eligible candidate will:
• Be at our Front Desk, the first initial contact for our families, guests, florists and supplier
• Be empathetic, organized and possess the ability to prioritize and manage time appropriately
• Have a good demeanor and positive attitude
• Be a multifunctional individual who is service minded
• Be an excellent communicator and team player
• Hold themselves to a high standard of service, be polite and always professional
• Be compassionate and someone who has a desire to help others
• Have experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Have exceptional attention to detail and accuracy skills
• Will be able to work Tuesday – Saturday 8:30am- 5:00pm
Compensation, including bonuses is competitive and will be tailored to match the qualification and skill of the applicant.
To apply, or for more information please send resumes with cover letter to:
Athena Theodorakakis, Operations Manager athena.t@kearneyfs.com

Application cut off date: Friday July 30, 2018

Respectfully, only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Funeral Attendant and Support Staff

Part-time positions are available.
Who we are:
• We are an independent, family owned and operated Funeral Home serving the greater Vancouver area since 1908.
What we are looking for:
• Qualified, dedicated, caring and service driven individuals to join our growing team of Funeral professionals.
The position:
• Assisting funeral directors in the process of carrying out bereavement rights and disposition
• Assisting the funeral directors in both service preparation and post service duties
• Cleaning service vehicles
• Driving service vehicles (including Coach, Limousine, Flower Van)
• Transporting decedents from Funeral Home to Services then onto cemetery or crematorium
• Assisting with transfers from hospitals/care homes/residences
• Assisting with other duties as required
An eligible candidate will:
• Have good demeanor and professional outlook
• Be an excellent communicator and team player
• Hold themselves to a high standard of service
• Be empathetic and compassionate
• Be someone who likes to help others
• Have a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekends
• Will be physically capable of standing for long period
• Be able to comfortably lift 50-75 lbs
• Have a Class 5 drivers license with a good driving record
• Be able to provide their own black suit

To apply, or for more information please send resumes to carecentre@kearneyfs.com
Respectfully, only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Kearney Funeral Services Location Manager

New Westminster

Location Manager - We are an independently owned and operated firm that has been serving the Greater Vancouver area since 1908. Since we were established, our philosophy and mission have been driven 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 desire to help others and make a positive impact in their community. We are looking for a funeral director who believes that what we do makes a difference in people’s lives and who wants to join us in our mission of caring for the bereaved through meaningful service.

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 Funeral Director experiences and skills. For candidates who embody these attributes, this position has the potential for further advancement within the company.
The Eligible Candidate will:
• Have held a Funeral Directors License for a minimum of 5 years.
• Have experience in Management or possess an excellent leadership track record.
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Build, work in and develop a cohesive team both within a specific location and companywide.
• Possess an excellent work ethic, ensuring goals and deadlines are met and standards are kept high.
• Always act with honesty and integrity, indifferent of situation or position.
• Have an exceptional ability to work with and develop team members; including coaching, constructive feedback and reviews.
• Be passionate about Funeral Service and providing high quality service for the families we serve and can convey this passion to the team and across the company.
• Have the ability to encourage people to believe in culture and align with our mission and values.
Job Description
• Leading a team of dedicated funeral professionals.
• Running and planning, staff meetings; training and development meetings; daily check-ins as well as daily and weekly scheduling and staff allocation.
• Overseeing all Operations of the Location to ensure the highest level of standards with respect to service delivery, building upkeep and maintenance (including capital expenditures) and overall efficiency of operation.
• Community relationship building with Churches, members of the bereavement and health care community, industry stake holders and suppliers and all others who share our mission of care and compassion for the bereaved.
• Actively monitoring and strategizing with respect to the financial performance of the location including market share growth, revenue and receivables.
• Ensuring Kearney's Mission, Vision and Core Values are upheld.
• Meeting families to arrange funerals, attending services and acting in the capacity of a Funeral Director when required.

We are a growing company, with a motivated and energetic leadership team dedicated to service of the bereaved, community support and advocacy for the vulnerable. If you possess a passion for these values as well as the above skills, we would love to meet you to see if you are a good fit for our team.
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 Ryan Crean at ryan.crean@kearneyfs.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.

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