Our Staff

 Staff members of Burgar Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and Dependable, dedicated service has been a tradition with Burgar Funeral Home for more than 100 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 its 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. 




Cam Parker
Funeral Director

Cam spent his early years growing up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Cam began his career in funeral service in 1989 in British Columbia and received his funeral directors license in 1991. He started with Burgar Funeral Home in 1995 and his caring nature and strong work ethic have been real assets to Burgar’s and to the Camrose Community.

Bart Orr 
Funeral Director

Burgar Funeral Home is pleased to announce that Bart Orr has joined our firm. 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.


John Person
Funeral Director

John is the son of Alver, and was born and raised in Camrose. He began a fulltime career in funeral service in 1989 and was licensed in 1991. John has followed in his father’s footsteps as a funeral director. He has a genuine love for people and considers it a real privilege to serve families during their time of bereavement.

Derek Robertson
Funeral Director

Originally from British Columbia, Derek and his family moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1998. Derek worked as a Journeyman Carpenter in Medicine Hat before entering funeral service in 2011. After graduating from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in the spring of 2013, Derek and his wife Kathryn relocated to Camrose. Also a member of Camrose and District Kiwanis Club, he 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 Apprentice

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 St. Mary’s Hospital. 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 will make 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 since attending High School in Hay Lakes. She lives on an acreage near Hay Lakes with her husband Trevor and their two dogs. She truly enjoys working with people and always has a friendly smile to offer. She looks forward to 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 is looking forward to serving the community alongside the friendly and supportive staff at Burgar Funeral Home.

Mardell Olson
Office Assistant

Mardell joined the staff of Burgar Funeral Home as an office assistant in September of 2015. She has lived in the Camrose area most of her life and is involved in the community as Chairperson of the Grateful Grannies, Chairperson of the Armena Lutheran Parish, Board Member of the Nordlys Film and Arts Festival, and member of several other committees. Mardell enjoyed many years of teaching elementary students and is thrilled to have all four (soon to be five) of her grandchildren living nearby. She lives with her husband, Verlyn, on the land homesteaded by his grandparents near Armena. Mardell has empathy for those experiencing the loss of a loved one and considers it a privilege to work alongside the compassionate Burgar team.


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 is still called upon frequently to work funerals and assist with monument sales at both the Camrose and Daysland locations.

Rod Madison
Funeral Director

Rod is a lifetime resident of Camrose, Alberta and has 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. Rod's career continues to be active in the form of encouragement and motivation to 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.

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.




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.

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.  

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.



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.