Stapleton Family Funeral Home
and Crematorium Center

685 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-461-5050



"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 anindependently owned funeral homethat 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 director available is James H. 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.

William J. Piacentini
May 16, 2024

Pena B. Alexander
April 29, 2024

Guo En Mei
April 16, 2024




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

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