Associates

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    Andrew Knapman

    Manager

    Andrew joined Forest Lawn Funeral Home as an apprentice in 2004 after a long career in hospitality management, serving at restaurants, hotels and on cruise ships. After working with people for many years, he finds it very rewarding to help families in such a meaningful way.

    Andrew became the location manager at Ocean View Funeral Home in 2011 and then moved to Forest Lawn Funeral Home as the location manager in 2014.

    Andrew is proud to be a part of a program in association with Ocean View Funeral Home and the Vancouver Personal Care Centre that trains our next generation of funeral directors. He volunteers with the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and enjoys supporting other non-profits like A Loving Spoonful, McLaren House, Burnaby Hospice Society and Crossroads Hospice Society.

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    Andrea Richmond

    Manager

    Andrea began her career in funeral service in 2013 after a long career in accounting. Her calling to a career in funeral service was motivated by a desire to contribute in a more meaningful way. Andrea takes pride in serving every family with a high degree of professionalism and care. She finds satisfaction in helping families celebrate the life of their loved ones in meaningful ways.

    In her free time, Andrea enjoys practising yoga; she became a certified instructor in 2010. She also supports causes close to her heart, such as the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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    Christopher Stephen Farley

    Funeral Director

    Christopher graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1996. After moving to British Columbia in 1997, he worked in retail sales for a number of years. Chris began his career as a funeral director with Forest Lawn Funeral Home as an apprentice in 2004. He became a licensed funeral director in 2006.

    After the birth of his daughter in 2011, Chris and his wife, Joanna, moved to Ontario to be closer to their families. Chris and Joanna both became licensed funeral directors in the Greater Toronto area. Chris worked at various funeral homes until December 2014, when he returned to Forest Lawn.

    Chris and his family currently live in New Westminster. Chris has a passion for snowboarding and other team sports and believes that a great attitude is the key to success, both at work and at home.

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    David Andrew Keen

    Funeral Director

    While singing in a choir during a funeral service, David had an opportunity to observe the funeral directors. Watching the directors intrigued him, and David became a funeral attendant and assisted with transfers at Thompson Funeral Services in Nelson, British Columbia. After moving to Vancouver, David became a cremationist and began the 1st year of his apprenticeship in 2008. David enjoys helping families through a difficult time. David has a love for music, sings as a 2nd tenor and volunteers with the Vancouver Men’s Chorus.

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    Greg Wyman Marin

    Funeral Director

    Greg joined the funeral profession as an apprentice in 2011 and has worked on our team in and around Burnaby, British Columbia, since then.

    Greg came to funeral service after a 25-year career as an advanced care paramedic, having worked in Canada and the Middle East. Dedicated to serving people during times of crisis, he feels that he is doing just that in funeral service but perhaps in a different way than expected.

    Giving time and energy to the community is important to Greg. This year he took part in the Walk for the Cure, for which Forest Lawn Funeral Home was a gold sponsor.

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    Randy Parnell

    Funeral Director

    Randy embarked on the path of funeral service in January 2005, becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2007. Starting at Forest Lawn Funeral Home as an apprentice, Randy moved to Ocean View Funeral Home in April 2009 and has continued serving families there. Joining the management team in September 2009, he has assisted in the training and mentoring of apprentices, teaching them how to help others through the funeral service profession.

    Randy also helps to train volunteers from the Burnaby Hospice Society and St. Michael’s Hospice. Randy's lengthy sports background taught him lessons he applies each day in funeral service: the importance of being a team player and the value of going the extra mile.

    Away from the profession, Randy plays competitive golf on an amateur tour and enjoys reading about local history and listening to jazz.