Fairlawn Mortuary

180 Washington Street Fairhaven, MA

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    Sumner J Waring

    Managing Director

    A fifth generation funeral director serving southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Sumner “Jay” Waring, III grew up in the funeral profession. Jay works hard to ensure that each family is served with the highest levels of dignity, care, respect and discretion. "Our entire organization is committed to doing all we can to help families as they face  one of the more challenging times in their lives—the loss of a loved one."

    Jay graduated from Tabor Academy in 1987, Stetson University in 1991 and the New England Institute at Mt. Ida in 1992, where he received his degree in mortuary science. He received his Master of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2001. Jay and his wife, Kristin, have 3 daughters—Abby, Bizzy and Frances. He serves on the Board of Tabor Academy and BankFive and is an avid fundraiser for the American Liver Foundation, having completed ten Boston Marathons, as well as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, having completed seven Pan-Mass challenges.

     

     

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    Kim Lariviere Perry

    Managing Director

    Kim graduated in 1985 from New Bedford High School and attended the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. She is a licensed funeral director in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

    Kim is dedicated to her community and profession. Among her many contributions to the community: She recently served as chairwoman of the Massachusetts Board of Embalming and Funeral Directing and is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. She sits on the board of directors of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts Distribution Committee, library associate for UMass Dartmouth, treasurer of St. Martin's Church of New Bedford Board of Trustees and member of the Finance and Executive Committee for the Home for Aged People in Fall River.

    A lifelong resident of New Bedford, Kim is married with a daughter.

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    James Barton

    Consultant

    James E. Barton is a lifelong resident of the Greater New Bedford Area. He began his career at the former Brooklawn Funeral Home in New Bedford on St. Patrick’s Day 1964, and graduated from Boston’s New England Institute, Kenmore Square in 1966.

    In 1968, Jim transitioned to become a sales representative with Royal Bond Chemical Company in St. Louis, Missouri, serving western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island for the next few years before returning to Brooklawn.

    On July 2, 1975, Jim purchased Donaghy Funeral Home in New Bedford, established by the late Samuel N. and Edith (Nelson) Donaghy in 1924. Although he sold the funeral home in 1999, Jim has remained involved in funeral service as well as with the community through religious and civic activities and organizations.

    Most recently, Jim has served as a funeral director and consultant with the Waring-Sullivan and Rock Funeral Homes and is enthused with the opportunity to continue serving the families of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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    Bette Ann Dunn

    Manager

    Bette has been serving the South Coast area as part of the Dignity Memorial® team for over a decade. A graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1985, Bette received a Bachelor of Science in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated from New England Institute at Mount Ida in Newton with an associate degree in funeral service in 1998. In 1999 Bette began her apprenticeship and became a licensed funeral director in 2001.

    Being a member of the Fairhaven Rotary Club, Bette carries the motto of "service above self" in serving the needs of families who have placed their confidence in her during one of the most difficult times of their lives.

    Born and raised in New Bedford, Bette resides in Mattapoisett with her husband.

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    John R Pereira

    Funeral Director

    John is a retired Westport police officer. He has been part of the Dignity Memorial® team since 2014. John’s caring and compassionate spirit assists in the healing and well-being of the families he serves. John lives in Westport and is an avid motorcyclist who enjoys traveling. He is married to his high-school sweetheart and they have a son and 2 wonderful grandchildren.