Our Staff

 Staff members of Burgar Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests. Our dependable, dedicated service has been a tradition with Burgar Funeral Home for more than 110 years. Our funeral home provides all the necessary equipment to take care of any service option requested by the families we serve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The funeral profession requires sensitive, sincere, dedicated individuals to be on call 24 hours a day, everyday. It has been estimated that each funeral requires over 40 man-hours to complete the family’s personal and religious needs. No two funerals are alike. People sometimes forget that the funeral is not for the dead, but for the living. Each family has their own personal wishes and needs in order to help them say goodbye to a loved one and help facilitate the grieving process.

Burgar Funeral Home strives to improve its business by maintaining high standards of service to the families we serve. Each year the staff attends bereavement seminars and conferences to upgrade their training in order to continue to serve the community’s needs.

Our focus at Burgar’s is to provide sympathetic assistance and service to families in their time of grief. We believe in being positive role models and our staff are active members in the community. All the staff here at Burgar Funeral Home consider it a real honor and privilege to serve and guide the families of Camrose, Daysland and area when they are faced with the loss of a loved one. 

Bart Orr | Funeral Director

Bart graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in the spring of 2013 recieving his funeral director and embalmers licence.

Bart grew up on a farm south of Bawlf, AB. where he lived until graduating High School. Having strong ties to his family and community Bart married Karen McTavish of Rosalind. They now reside with their two daughters Hayley, and Jilisse, and one son Bobby in Camrose. 

Bart operated his own electrical business for numerous years and enjoys baseball, hockey and a variety of other sports. Bart is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. Bart is a very family oriented, compassionate, and caring individual. 

All of us here at Burgar Funeral Home feel that Bart has much to offer and has many gifts and attributes to share with the families in Camrose and area.

Derek Robertson | Funeral Director

Originally from British Columbia, Derek and his family moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1998. After graduating high school Derek received training as a Journeyman Carpenter at Medicine Hat College and worked in the field for a number of years before entering funeral service in 2011. He completed his training with the Canadian College of Funeral Service in the spring of 2013 and it was at this time that Derek and his wife Kathryn relocated to Camrose. Derek considers the opportunity to serve the Camrose community a true privilege. 

We here at Burgar Funeral Home feel that Derek brings a strong willingness to serve as well as a compassionate and comforting nature to the Burgar Funeral Home team.

Colin Yuha | Funeral Director 

Colin Yuha grew up in Bawlf, Alberta where he resided until he graduated High School. Colin helped his grandparents, Ed and Elaine Heck, and father, Greg, at the U.F.A in Bawlf whenever they needed an extra hand. After High School he attended MacEwan University and graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce degree. While at MacEwan University he was afforded the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain where he attended ESSEC Business School. 

He then moved back to Camrose and worked in the retail industry for five years, which is where he met his wife, Taralie Carlton who is a Registered Nurse at Home Care in Camrose. Colin enjoys curling, hockey, slo-pitch and golf in Camrose. Colin and Taralie live in Camrose and enjoy being active within the community, volunteering for various special events. 

Colin looks forward to being able to serve the people of Camrose and area in the future, and we feel his compassionate nature and genuine love for people has made a great addition to the staff at Burgar Funeral Home.

Keri Vickers | Office Assistant

Keri was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has been in the Camrose area for over 20 years. She lives on an acreage with her husband  and their animals. She truly enjoys working with people and always has a friendly smile to offer. She enjoys serving the Camrose community along side the staff at Burgar Funeral Home. Her attention to detail and articulate attributes really augment the team here at Burgar's.

Donell Nycholat | Office Assistant

Donell was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She moved to Camrose in 1997 with her husband Ernie and two daughters, Samantha and Alexyn. Through the years, she worked in the banking industry, owned and operated a craft store and worked as an office administrator. Donell spent a lot of her time volunteering at her daughters' schools and at the Camrose Academy of Dance, helping out wherever she was needed. She enjoys camping, scrapbooking, card making and spending time with family and friends. 

Donell enjoys serving the community alongside the friendly and supportive staff at Burgar Funeral Home.

Barrie Fenby
Funeral Attendant

Barrie was born in Edmonton and raised in Wainwright. Barrie had a 26 year career with the Alberta Forest Service. Barrie and his wife Ruth moved to Camrose in 2000. After retiring in 2002 he became involved in funeral service, designing monuments and assisting with funerals. Barrie's attention to detail and his compassionate nature make him an ideal addition to the team at Burgar Funeral Home.

Robert Lyslo
Funeral Attendant

Robert was raised on a farm south of Ryley where he lived until graduating from High School. He taught in the old County of Beaver (now Battle River) school division for many years and spent the last 9 years teaching in Colville Lake, NWT, inside the Arctic Circle. Prior to going North, Robert worked as a funeral director and is now continuing this work with Burgar Funeral Home in Camrose.

Bill Schafer
Funeral Attendant

Bill’s career in the death care profession has spanned 44 years.  He has served families in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a funeral director and embalmer.  He also provides business consultative services to funeral homes throughout western Canada. 

In 2014 the Alberta Funeral Service Association recognized Bill’s contribution, dedication, and commitment to the funeral profession with a Lifetime Funeral Services Achievement Award. 

Camrose has been home for Bill and wife Bev for the past 27 years. They have four sons, three daughters through marriage and eight beautiful grandchildren.  

Alvin Koehli
Funeral Attendant

Alvin was born and raised on a farm north of Daysland. After High School he took up farming until 1985 when he moved into Daysland to work construction and retail for seven years. He then moved to Camrose with his wife Leslie, their daughter and three sons. He worked at a variety of jobs spending the past few years working with Burgar's. Alvin is a very compassionate, caring man who is at his best helping family and friends through the grieving process. Alvin's smile, honesty, and genuine love for people make him an excellent addition to the team at Burgar Funeral Home.

Bob Hanrahan
Funeral Director

Bob was born and raised in the Daysland area. He began his career with the Daysland Funeral Home in 1942, giving Bob more than 65 years of experience in funeral service. With such an abundance of knowledge, Bob officially retired at 90 years old, and up to that point was called upon frequently to work funerals and assist with monument sales at both the Camrose and Daysland locations.

Jim Gillespie
Funeral Attendant

Born and raised in Daysland, following graduation Jim joined the R.C.A.F. and spent the next 33 years flying airplanes. He spent tours of duty in Germany, France, U.S.A. and Africa. Jim is married with two grown children and 3 grandchildren. Following his military career, he became a corporate pilot for an additional 8 years and then retired to Camrose. Jim joined us in 2003 and his experience working with people makes him a valuable addition to the staff at Burgar's. He is kind, knowledgeable, and sincere.

Rod Madison
Funeral Director

Rod was a lifetime resident of Camrose, Alberta and completed more than 45 years of service to Burgar Funeral Home. Rod joined Alver Person in 1967 and together they continued to provide their dedicated service to the residents of Camrose and district. Though he passed away in January of 2019, his career encouraged and motivated the dedicated staff of Burgar Funeral Home.

Alver Person
Funeral Director

Alver was born in Hay Lakes, Alberta and raised in the Camrose area. Alver had more than 50 years of experience in funeral service. In 1959 Alver joined Rod Burgar in the business and that led to a lifetime of community involvement and service. Even though Alver passed away in the summer of 2011, his legacy has been instrumental in continuing to motivate and inspire the present staff to fulfill the high standards of service that were set over 100 years ago.