Obituaries

Edith Thomas
B: 1918-03-18
D: 2017-04-17
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Thomas, Edith
Leone Zanotto
B: 1929-01-02
D: 2017-04-15
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Zanotto, Leone
Antonio Cristante
B: 1932-06-17
D: 2017-04-09
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Cristante, Antonio
Thelma Gould
B: 1943-03-04
D: 2017-04-09
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Gould, Thelma
Robert Rosenlund
B: 1964-03-19
D: 2017-04-07
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Rosenlund, Robert
Gerardo Cavallo
B: 1933-03-02
D: 2017-04-06
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Cavallo, Gerardo
Teresa Franciosi
B: 1937-12-29
D: 2017-04-04
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Franciosi, Teresa
Antonio Carniel
B: 1934-06-30
D: 2017-04-03
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Carniel, Antonio
Giuseppa Gentile
B: 1936-03-12
D: 2017-04-02
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Gentile, Giuseppa
Angelo Franco
B: 1927-12-03
D: 2017-04-01
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Franco, Angelo
Luigina Infanti
B: 1944-12-13
D: 2017-04-01
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Infanti, Luigina
Carmela Bevacqua
B: 1914-09-20
D: 2017-03-29
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Bevacqua, Carmela
Pietro Brunato
B: 1932-08-07
D: 2017-03-23
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Brunato, Pietro
Casey Kozdron
B: 1948-09-14
D: 2017-03-20
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Kozdron, Casey
Francesco Aiello
B: 1925-01-17
D: 2017-03-20
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Aiello, Francesco
Michael Smithson
B: 1967-11-09
D: 2017-03-20
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Smithson, Michael
Silvestar Oreskovich
B: 1950-05-05
D: 2017-03-19
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Oreskovich, Silvestar
Lori Singerman
B: 1953-10-28
D: 2017-03-19
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Singerman, Lori
Marko Sedlic
B: 1934-05-14
D: 2017-03-19
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Sedlic, Marko
Joseph Comparelli
B: 1923-11-03
D: 2017-03-17
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Comparelli, Joseph
Ernest Baird
B: 1923-03-28
D: 2017-03-17
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Baird, Ernest

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Tony Slavin, General Manager

Tony is a fourth generation funeral director and was born, raised and attended school in North Burnaby.  He began his funeral service career in 1985 working alongside his father and grandfather.  He received his professional training at B.C.I.T. through the B.C. Provincial Apprenticeship program.
Tony was actively involved with the B.C. Funeral Service Association from 1986 – 1999 and served a two year term as president from 1995 – 1997. He has been involved with other community organizations including Burnaby Hospice and the Knights of Columbus.
Tony is proud of his family heritage and service to the Burnaby and Vancouver Communities.

Aaron Morrison, Manager

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 his colleagues at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel as Manager. Active in outdoor sports, Aaron has served or is serving on several professional boards as well as community and fraternal associations. Entering his 20th year in the Funeral profession, he continues his commitment to the families that he and his colleagues serve at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel.

Devan Wilkie, Assistant Manager

Devan graduated from Western School of Funeral Services in 2001 with the honor of receiving the ethics award. He advanced throughout the years to become manager of a local family owned funeral home.  Devan is committed to all the small details and ensuring each family is served with patience and compassion.
Devan enjoys his free time hanging out with the neighbours and spending time watching his young family explore.

Russ Laturnus, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Russ was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and later moved with his family to Chilliwack, B.C. where he was raised and attended school.  Russ began his funeral service career in 2003 working at the Vancouver Crematorium as a cremation technician.  In 2005 he began his apprenticeship and entered the Western School of Funeral Service.  He graduated in 2007 and has been working as an embalmer and funeral director with Bell & Burnaby since 2008.

Melanie Axford, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Melanie was born in Quebec, and spent her younger years there. She then moved to B.C. where her family settled in Richmond, BC.  She started in funeral service in 1997 as a limousine driver and reception host.  Later she worked at the cemetery helping families to choose cemetery property and arrange for their funeral and cemetery prearrangements.  In 2012, she joined Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel and obtained her license as a funeral director and embalmer, after completing the courses at the Canadian College of Funeral Service.

Victoria Cippiciani, Office Administrator

In 2011, Victoria joined her colleagues at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel as office administrator.  Born and raised in Vancouver Eastside, graduating from Vancouver Technical School in 1983, Victoria is fluent in Portuguese and can converse in Italian.  After graduation, Victoria enjoyed working in retail sales.  She attended BCIT, Supervisory Skills program, the Provincial Good-host Marketing program, as well as Italian language classes.  Now living in Burnaby, Victoria is finding a happy balance between family and work.  She will bring her compassionate skills and excellent customer service to Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel.

Jim Houseman, Funeral Director

Jim was born and raised in Central Butte, Saskatchewan. Started in funeral service in 1966 in Saskatoon and was Saskatchewan Licensed in 1969. He came to Sands in Victoria, B.C. in February 1971 than moved to Vancouver, B.C. to Hamilton Mortuary in July 1972. In August 2005, he joined Tony Slavin “The Slavin Family,” to manage the Bell Funeral Chapel until the following year in which the Bell Chapel amalgamated with Burnaby Funeral Directors to be known as the Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel.
For up to twelve years, Jim served on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Funeral Service Association and was President from 1997 through 1999. He followed the footsteps of Tony Slavin, General Manager who was also President from 1995 through 1997.
Active in his younger years with hockey and baseball and of course this being a Saskatchewan boy. Also coached baseball up to the time his son, Ryan who played with the Coquitlam Reds, Douglas College, the National Baseball Institute and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.



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