"The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation."
- Hermann Hesse
The Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home is one of the oldest funeral homes
in Rhode Island. Established by Charles Barber on February 5, 1891,
funeral home was run under the name Barber Funeral Home. Originally located in
Providence, the business moved to Cranston in 1924 when Vern Holdredge,
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 until her death in 2002 and he continues to
run it now.
The Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge 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
The arrival of Mr. Stapleton to the business evolved
the name of the business into the present day name of the Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home.
A full service funeral home, Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge, 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.
Recognizing the unique ethnic diversity of the city of Cranston
and its surrounding areas, the Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge-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-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home will experience many changes
in the upcoming months. The next several months will see the two
adjacent buildings of the home combine to create another large chapel
area on the main floor. In addition another handicap bathroom will be
created on the main floor. Currently Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge is accessible to the handicapped, and it
was one of the first to do so. Additional entrances to accommodate our patrons
will also be added to the building. Lastly, we will be adding a veterans
memorial area to pay homage to the many men and women who so bravely
defended our country.