Ian Richard Griffith JP – Owner, Funeral Director Certified Embalmer
From the age of 14, Ian has been involved in the funeral industry working with his father the late Earl Griffith. He attended the Coleridge and Parry School and the Barbados Community College.
In 1989 he graduated from the American Academy McCallister Institute of Funeral Services in New York with honours. During his two (2) year stay in New-York he did his apprenticeship with the well known funeral establishment – House of Hills in Brooklyn. Thanks to Mr. Ralph Hill and the entire Hill Family the apprenticeship was a well rounded experience in the mortuary and funeral home.
On returning to Barbados Ian worked alongside his father as well as a trade embalmer for many funeral homes on the Island such as Downes and Wilson, Lyndhurst and Keith Jones to name a few and also in the region with Lyndhurst (Dominica), Crick’s (St. Lucia) and Merrimans (Guyana).
It is his aim and practice that serving families goes beyond presenting a smile on the deceased but also ensuring that each family is comforted and the grief eased by handling every detail of the funeral with attention. “No funeral must end in frustration and discomfort” is his belief.
His in-put to the funeral industry goes way beyond just taking care of the deceased. An active member of the community he has taken the funeral home’s involvement beyond the funeral with the introduction of Bereavement support groups, Christmas programs and Remembrance services for families of loved ones passed. He is also an active member of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World.
Petra Ifill-Maynard – Office Manager/Funeral Director
When you call or enter Earl’s Funeral Home you will no doubt be greeted by the warmth and friendly smile of Petra. She is known for her pleasant communication with families.
To Petra, it’s not all about taking calls and information, but also ensuring that families are comforted and satisfied. This means a lot to her, and over the years, she has developed into a wonderful conversationalist with families, giving them the reassurance and comfort they need at that time.
Ancilliary Members: –
Jennie Perkins – Accounts
Alicia Jordan-Watson – Office Assistant
Neil Moore – Casket Coordinator
Tyrel Scantlebury- Driver/General Worker
Wayne Holder – Driver/General Worker.