George Darte | Co-Owner/Funeral Events Planner
Phone: (905) 937-4444
Fax: (905) 937-6605
George is a very active member of our community and is always willing to give his time to a good cause. George is a past chair of the Breakthrough Healthcare Campaign, a founding member and past chair of the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation, and a founding member of: The Bereavement Ontario Network, The Bereavement Resource Council of Niagara, Wellspring Niagara (a cancer support center) and the crisis response teams for the separate & public school boards. He is a member and past captain of the St. Catharines Rowing Club, a past member of the Salvation Army fund raising wing, Star of the Sea Parish, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, Past President with International Order of the Golden Rule, a past president of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association as well as Ontario Funeral Service Association, is successfully chaired the Meridian Centre Fund Raising Committee.
George is also the proud father of Gregory (Mary), Christopher (Natalie) and Grandfather of Keegan, Conor, Liam, Cristiana and Ariana. George is married to Dr. Heather Combe, a local veterinarian with Fairview Animal Clinic, and they live with Alicia in St. Catharines.
Gregory Darte | Co-Owner/Funeral Events Planner
Gregory became a licenced funeral director in June 2005 and is the fifth generation of Darte family funeral professionals. Gregory sat on the Board and NextGen for the United Way, Board of Directors for Rotary, Past President of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association, past co-Chair of the 5 Car Draw for Hospice Niagara, member of the St. Catharines Rotary Club, Board of Trustee for Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation and is a parishoner at St. Julia's Church. He is married to his wife Mary Magnotta, who is a Naturopathic Doctor in the city of St. Catharines. He has two beautiful daughters named Cristiana and Ariana, and five nephews Keegan, Conor, Liam, Gavin, Matteo and two nieces Naiomi and Brielle. Gregory is also the proud owner of Winston, a Boston Terrier that acts as a comfort dog at the funeral home.
Winston | Comfort Dog
Winston joined the George Darte Funeral Home team as the funeral home's first Comfort Dog in 2009. He enjoys meeting new people as they come into the funeral home and spending time with kids that may be visiting. Winston is a Boston Terrier who is smart, energetic and friendly.
Mike Bovine | Funeral Event Planner
Mike joined the Darte team in 2007 and received his funeral director's license in 2008. Mike completed his internship here at the George Darte Funeral Chapel. A lifelong resident of the Niagara Region, Mike attends St. Mary's Catholic Church. He currently holds the position of President of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association. Mike is an avid music and movie fan.
Kayleigh Peterson | Funeral Event Planner
After graduating with an honours degree in psychology at Brock University, Kayleigh went on to pursue studies at Humber College to become a Funeral Director. She recently moved back to her hometown of Welland to complete her internship at the George Darte Funeral Chapel. We are pleased that she has stayed with us as she starts her career as a Funeral Director. When she is not here at the funeral home, Kayleigh can be found spending time with her family and friends.
Josephine Roy | Funeral Event Planner
Josephine joined to the George Darte team as an Intern in 2014. She has now completed her Ontario Funeral Board Exams and is now a full time Funeral Event Planner. Raised in Welland and growing up in a bilingual community, she is able to assist our bilingual Families. Josephine sits on the Board of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association and loves to do volunteer work in and around her community. Josephine can be found spending time with her family and friends.
Hilary McCarthy| Funeral Event Planner
Hilary was born and raised in St. Catharines and in 2004 left Canada to pursue an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science in London, England. After a ten year absence, she has returned to St. Catharines with her husband John and children Aven and Caelan to be closer to family and friends.
Sydney Gofton | Funeral Director Intern
Sydney joined our team as a Funeral Director Intern from Humber College in May 2017.
Robert Morrison | Funeral Director Intern
Robert joined our team as a Funeral Director Intern from Humber College in May 2017.
Tracey McCready | Executive Administrator
Tracey joined the Darte team in May of 2003 as Financial Administrator. In 2013 Tracey also became our Human Resources Director. She is a lifelong resident of St. Catharines with over 30 years of accounting experience. Tracey is currently the Past President of St. Catharines Jr. A Athletics Lacrosse and has served many years as a volunteer for the St. Catharines Minor Lacrosse Association. Tracey enjoys running, fitness and rowing and is the proud mother of her adult children, Joel, Jake & Emily.
Emily McCready | Executive Assistant
Emily moved back to her home town of St. Catharines after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor. After working here as a summer student for 2 years, Emily joined the Darte team as the Executive Assistant in May 2016.
Elizabeth Williams | Receptionist
Elizabeth was a lifelong resident of St. Catharines, and now is resides in Niagara-On-The-Lake. She began working for the George Darte Funeral Chapel in 1991 as a receptionist and Grief Recovery Facilitator. She is a member of Memorial United Church, and is a Christian Education Committee Member for the Memorial United Church. Elizabeth is also an Executive Board Member with the Niagara-On-The-Lake Figure Skating Club and is also a Committee Member with the Niagara-On-The-Lake Synchronized Skating Team.
Terri Lake | Receptionist
Terri started working at the George Darte Funeral Chapel in March 2004. She started as a greeter/hostess. She now takes great pride in her position as part of the administrative support team as a receptionist. She has lived in St. Catharines her entire life. She is a member of the Foresters and has held many executive positions since 1980. Terri is a recipient of the Foresters International Fraternal President's Award for her leadership and her community involvement. Terri spends a lot of her Foresters time planning member and community involvement events especially an Annual Family Campout where money is raised for children's charities in the Niagara Region. Terri's main focus in her life is her family, husband George, children Ami (Kevin) & Bobby (Chantal) and especially her 6 grandchildren, Jade, Jazmin, Jewelea, Lynken, Neveah & Mason.
Judy Marchalewicz | Receptionist
Judy joined the George Darte Funeral Chapel team in July of 2008 as a greeter. Judy graduated from the Bereavement Support Program with honours at Mohawk College of Applied Arts in Hamilton. Judy was raised in the Niagara Peninsula and now resides in Stoney Creek with her two dogs Bandit and Monte. Judy is involved with the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life events. In her spare time, she enjoys all outdoor activities, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends. She is currently on a mixed bowling league. Compassion, quality of service and professionalism are major components of Judy's commitment to the families.
Alia Mechaiekh | Receptionist
Alia joined our team as a Receptionist in July, 2015. After living in Dubai for 10 years, and the United States for 2 years, Alia returned to her home town of St. Catharines. When she is not at work, Alia enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Marley.
Karen White | Receptionist
Karen joined our team as a Receptionist in January 2016. Karen is a life time resident of the St. Catharines area. She has 3 beautiful grown daughters; Amanda who lives in Alberta, Kailee who lives in Toronto and Shannon who is attending Brock University. Karen came to us from the Pathology Department at the Niagara Health System - St. Catharines Site after 40+ years of service. In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.
Kim Mcilroy | Receptionist & Family Concierge/Hostess
Kim joined our team as a Family Concierge in December 2015 and now has taken on the Receptionist role.
Linda Bemben | Receptionist
Linda joined our team as a Receptionist in September 2016. Linda is a lifetime resident of St. Catharines who came to us with 43 years experience with the Ontario Public Service. Married to John, they have 2 sons Kevin who lives New York City and Brian who lives in Los Angeles. Linda enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Bella.
Terry Mckinnon | Receptionist
Terry joined our team as a Receptionist in September 2016.
Ray Librock | Funeral Director's Assistant
Ray is a lifetime resident of St. Catharines. A former steel industry employee with over 32 years experience. Ray joined the Funeral Home team in 2007 as a funeral director's assistant. He and his wife, Louise, have four children; three daughters and a son. Ray is actively involved with the Knights of Columbus and presently holds the positions of Past Grand Knight and District Warden. He is a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, supporter of the Rhythmic Waves Gymnastics Club and a member of a slow pitch baseball league.
David Gilmore | Driver
David joined the George Darte Funeral home in November 2007 as a driver. Dave returned to St. Catharines in 1995 and is an active member of St. Julia Church as a reader and co-ordinator for the Marriage Preparation Course, along with his wife Libby. He also volunteers one morning a month at St. George’s Church breakfast program. He has two children who live and work in Toronto. He is a member of the Bridge Centre of Niagara and an avid golfer during the summer.
Marilyn Rothwell | Family Concierge/Hostess
Marilyn is a life-time resident of the St. Catharines area. Marilyn and her husband Glyn have two married children and three beautiful granddaughters. She is actively involved with volunteering for Hospice Niagara. After retiring from General Motors, she joined the Darte team as a Greeter/Hostess and has now added Family Concierge to her duties.
Marilyn enjoys traveling with her family and friends.
Sharon Winger| Family Concierge/Hostess
Sharon moved to St. Catharines from Beamsville after she married her husband Don 40 years ago. She has two daughters, Dawn who lives in Owen Sound with her fiancee John, and Sandra who lives in Scarborough with her husband Patrick. Sharon joined our team in October 2014 after 25 years in retail. She has enjoyed sewing all her life and loves all kinds of needle work or anything she can make with her hands. She loves to spend time with her dog BB. Sharon enjoys working to make everything as easy as possible for our families during their time at George Darte Funeral Home. She takes pleasure in passing along her strength and compassion to them.
Victor Di Vincenzo| Family Concierge
Before joining the George Darte team, Victor worked at Sobeys until he retired. He has also been an artist/stone carver for the past 30 years. Victor has 2 children and two grandchildren. Victor is Art Gallery Coordinator of Exhibits, he is also a member of the Colour & Form Society of Ontario, Associate member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Member of the St. Catharines Art Association & the Mississauga Arts Council. Victor volunteers at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in his free time. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus 1394.
Wendy Pula| Family Concierge/Hostess
Wendy lives in St. Catharines with her husband and her two grown children. Wendy joined our George Darte team in April of 2015. She enjoys recreational rowing, camping, traveling and socializing with friends. Wendy retired after 30 years from Bell Canada and is a past junior girls champion from the Niagara-On-The-Lake golf course.
Pixie Ziraldo| Family Concierge
Pixie joined our team as a Family Concierge in August 2015.
Terry Gorton| Family Concierge
Terry has lived in St. Catharines for 30 years. He joined the George Darte team in November of 2015 as a concierge. He has been actively volunteering in the community at St. Alfred's church, Hospice Niagara, and currently at the St. Catharines Hospital since his early retirement in 2006. Terry and his wife Linda have 2 married children and 3 granddaughters. He feels blessed to spend a lot of time with his family and is thankful they live close by.
Ian MacDonald | Pre-planning & Aftercare Director
Ian MacDonald, Family Care Director, joined our team in January 2009. Ian has been a licensed funeral director since 2002 and is passionate about his role. The Family Care program is available to families at no cost after the death of a loved one. Through this program, Ian meets with the family to assist them to complete necessary phone calls and paperwork pertaining to important matters that need attention after someone has passed away. Ian lives in St. Catharines with his wife and two children. Ian sits on the Board of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association and is an active member of St. Catharines Karate School as well as Ferndale School Council.
Glyn Rothwell | Building Maintenance and Groundskeeper
Glyn was born and raised in St. Catharines. He has been married to our Family Concierge, Marilyn for more than 40 years. They have a son and a daughter who are both married and also have three granddaughters who play basketball and soccer. In his free time he enjoys travelling, playing golf and watching all sports.
Anne Taylor | Custodian
Anne is from St. Catharines. She joined the George Darte team in 2014 as a custodian. When she is not at work she is spending time with her son, as family is a very important part of her life.