"The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmatve, if we accept it as one of the eternal forms of life and transformation."

- Hermann Hesse


Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home

About Us

The Stapleton Family Funeral Home is one of the oldest funeral homes in Rhode Island. Established by Charles Barber on February 5, 1891, initially the funeral home was  run under the name Barber Funeral Home. Originally located in Providence, the business moved to Cranston in 1924 when Vern Holdredge, a nephew, joined the funeral home. In 1956, another partner was added to the business, Cornelius Barry. Upon the death of Mr. Barry in 1980, the business was taken over by his wife, Agnes Barry. Jim Stapleton’s arrival in 1985, gave Agnes Barry the opportunity to semi-retire from the business. Mr. Stapleton ran the firm with Mrs. Barry as Stapleton Barry Holdredge until her death in 2002 and he continues to run it now.  

The Stapleton Family Funeral Home is an independently owned funeral home that is affiliated with the National Funeral Directors Association and the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Stapleton is a past president of the state association and also a past delegate to the National's Leadership.

Mr. Stapleton has the distinction of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner). He was instrumental in the writing and the passage of the prearrangement bill that became law in 1990. Mr. Stapleton has fought long and hard to protect the consumer’s interest. This is evident in his successful passage of a motion by the National Funeral Directors Association to study the overall protection of consumers throughout the United States in regards to prearrangements. The arrival of Mr. Stapleton to the business evolved the name of the business to the Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home. In 2013 we again changed the name to the Stapleton Family Funeral Home, to help further identify us as the new independently owned Funeral Home

A full service funeral home, Stapleton Family Funeral Home, is staffed around the clock to respond to the needs of its clients. The licensed funeral directors available are James H. Stapleton and Raymond V. Stapleton, and Office Manager Janice A. Stapleton. 

Recognizing the unique ethnic diversity of the city of Cranston and its surrounding areas, the Stapleton Fanily Funeral Home is sensitive to the religious, ethnic, and economic circumstances of the families it serves. Dedicated staff members maintain the highest level of respect for the dignity of the client families they serve, regardless of their social or economic situation. No family has ever been or will ever be refused service due to lack of resources. The utmost goal of the company is to respect the dignity of the community. 

The Stapleton Family Funeral Home will experience many changes in the upcoming months. Currently the Stapleton Family Funeral Home is accessible to the handicapped, and it was one of the first to do so. Lastly, we will be adding a veterans memorial area to pay homage to the many men and women who so bravely defended our country.

Margaret S. Degnan
February 24, 2018

John Chin
February 13, 2018

Jonn J Curran Jr
February 10 2018

Margaret Reed
January 28, 2018

Doris L. Roberge
January 17, 2018

Robert Chet Yuen Tow
January 2, 2018

Ellen Naylor
December 28, 2017

David B. Peirce
December 20, 2017

Francis M. (Stapleton) Vest
September 18, 2017

Patricia A. (Papazian) DeQuattro
July 29, 2017

Lisa L. Coleman
July 21, 2017

Raymond V. Stapleton
July 16, 2017

Cecelia D. DiVincenzo
July 14, 2017

Edward F. Gaumond
July 14, 2017

Elena A. Hanrahan "Ellie"
June 4, 2017

Aspasia Vafiadis
May 21, 2017

Wo Low Chen
May 6, 2017

Dolores A. Scott
April 30, 2017

May Ying Chin
April 27, 2017

Michele D. Fabas
April 20, 2017

Joseph A. Voccio
March 16, 2017

Jennifer M. Croft
February 15 2017

Yvette J. Stevenson
February 16, 2017

Francis J. Giusti
February 15, 2017

Alfred L. Laliberte
February 15, 2017

Ronald G. Santos
February 13, 2017

Wan Ying Huang
February 5, 2017

Patricia A. Ryan
February 2, 2017

Lanjun Li
January 28, 2017

Rosemarie Spagnoulo
January 9, 2017

Edmond R. Orange
January 6, 2017

Juan Omar Acevedo
January 5, 2017

Helen A. Tramontano
December 25, 2016

Sandra J. Rocheforts
December 16, 2016

George W. Kilton "Terry"
December 14, 2016

Chong Yee Wong
November 25, 2016



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Stapleton Family Funeral Home and Crematorium Center
685 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-461-5050

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