Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Ric Hamre

Ric Hamre

President

Ric is married and has lived in Fort St. John since 1979. He has 6 children that also reside in the area. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 30 years, and Ric has been the owner of Hamre's Funeral Chapel since 1986. “As a third generation funeral professional, it’s clear that this is the work I was intended to do. And Fort St. John is the perfect place to follow my calling. My wife Darlene and I thoroughly enjoy being part of this community, and caring for the families who live here brings me great pleasure.” Ric is the first and, at present, the only owner of a funeral home in Fort St. John who both works and resides here. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

His dedication to the profession shows in his commitment to various organizations over the years. Currently, he is a representative on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia Board of Directors, and is Past President of the Funeral Service Association of Canada. Ric also finds time to devote to the community through his role in the P.A.R.T.Y program, with his daughter Kaylie, and his wife. 

“The greatest incidence of serious injury and death is the 15 to 24 year old age group, and it is always heartbreaking when we have reason to care for a young person who chose to engage in dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking and driving, or not wearing a seatbelt. It’s our goal to prevent such pain for families – and such losses to the community. Our young people are our future, and we all need to protect them.”

If you would like to contact me personally you can reach me at rhamre@telus.net


Kaylie Hamre

Kaylie Hamre

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kaylie is the fourth generation of the Hamre family now fully involved in this family-owned and operated funeral home. She is Ric’s daughter, and came to work at the funeral home right out of school. Since obtaining her Funeral Director and Embalmer licence, Kaylie enjoys working to find new and creative ways to help families more effectively during their time of need. Apart from her roles at the funeral home, Kaylie has a passion for the local P.A.R.T.Y. program. For those who aren’t aware of this organization, the goal of P.A.R.T.Y. stands for Preventing Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth, and their mission is to promote injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risk and make informed choices about activities and behaviours. “I really enjoy reaching out to teens, and when I see that ‘light bulb’ of awareness turn on, I know I’ve made a lasting difference in that person’s life.” 

If you would like to contact me personally you can reach me at khamre@telus.net.


Darlene Hamre

Darlene Hamre

Darlene is Ric’s wife, and has been involved in Hamres Funeral Home and Chapel for the past 15 years. Her position here is unique, in that she fills needs whenever they arise, by working in the office, or assisting the directors during funeral services. Darlene is also actively involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, and the B.C. Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation. She, too, is involved in the P.A.R.T.Y program, making the Hamre commitment to educating our youth about the risks of poor decision-making truly a family affair. “It’s become obvious to us that promoting injury prevention through reality education decreases the number of teens killed or disabled in our community. Ric, Kaylie, and I are committed to doing everything we can to prevent the heartbreak of teen traumatic injury and death.” 


Ernie Hamre

Ernie Hamre

Pre Planning Consultant

Ernie is the father to Ric and was the original owner of the funeral home when it was called Reynar's Funeral Home. He has over 50 years experience in assisting family's. Even though he is not involved in the day to day operating of the funeral home, he still comes in when it's necessary. Ernie is in charge of Hamre's Funeral Chapel's pre-need. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the benefits of pre-paid funeral can contact him at any time.


Kim Burton

Kim Burton

Office Administrator



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