Our Team

Our dedicated and supportive team are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

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John Chasca, Owner / President

John Chasca has been owner/president of McPherson Funeral Services since 1977. He is a previous member of the Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus and the past President of the British Columbia Funeral Service Association. John is also a past president of The Cremation Association of North America (CANA)  and also serves on the board for the Society of Independent Funeral Director's of British Columbia.  John has over 45 years in all aspects of funeral Service.

 

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Sharla MacKay, Director of Operations

Sharla MacKay was raised in Calgary, Alberta. After graduating from High School she took some time to travel the world and experience many different cultures. Her travels took her to over 65 countries worldwide and all seven continents. Being raised in a family of funeral professionals, she has been around the profession her entire life. Sharla is a past president of the British Columbia Funeral Association and served on the board for over 10 years.  She also currently service on the Society of Independent Funeral Director of British Columbia.  Sharla has been with McPherson's since 2003.

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Dane Chasca, Funeral Director

Dane was born in Calgary, Alberta. He lived in Ontario during his formative years, returning to Cranbrook in the summer months to help out at the family funeral home. Dane has been encompassed by the funeral profession his whole life. After graduation from high school, Dane moved to Cranbrook and joined his father John and his sister Sharla full time at McPherson’s. Dane loves the community and getting to meet new people. He graduated from The Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2015, as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, at that time one of the youngest licensees in the province. Dane and his family are dedicated to providing excellent service to the families that McPherson Funeral Services serves every day.  Dane has been with McPherson's since 2013.

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Murray Forbes, Funeral Director

Murray grew up in Nanaimo, B.C., where he began his career in the funeral profession on a part time basis in 1982. He completed his apprenticeship in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1992, then moved to Grand Forks, B.C., where he served the families of the West Kootenays for many years. Murray and his family later moved to Cranbrook where he joined the McPherson’s team and brought his experience in various aspects of the funeral service, including working with the B.C. Coroner Service, and crematorium operations. Murray and his wife are big supporters of Junior Hockey and the local arts scene in Cranbrook. Murray has been with McPherson’s since 2014.

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Monica Brown, Administrator

Monica was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved with her family to Cranbrook at an early age. Being raised in the community Monica has seen many changes throughout the years and has enjoyed volunteering with various charity events hosted by the Cranbrook Fire Department. She graduated in 2000 with an A+ Computer Technician Certification & Business Management. Monica has spent many years working in various upper management titles, as well as a home business helping small companies with their accounting/business needs. In her spare time, you will find Monica with her husband/ best friend Jeff, together their passion is travel and they love to find new places and traditions to learn and explore. They also look forward to times when all the five grown children are home for a visit. Monica is very excited in her new career path, helping families and individuals in their imminent time of need, and joining this wonderful caring team at McPherson Funeral Services in 2019.

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Joni Janzen, Food Reception Coordinator

Joni was born in White Rock, B.C, but at a very young age moved to Hudson's Hope, B.C. and spent her childhood there. Joni has resided in Cranbrook for the last 23 years with her husband Ron. Together they have two children, and are grandparents to three grandchildren. 
Joni has a Business Administration Diploma and for the past 20 years Joni has been self - employed in the geothermal industry. Prior to the business she worked for 10 years at the E.K P.A.R.T.Y Program and E.K Brain injury Association in administration duties. Volunteering has been a major part of Joni's life. During the raising of her children she could be found coaching sports teams in basketball, hockey and fastball, as well as volunteering with Hospice and facilitating grief recovery sessions. Currently Joni is the Kitchen Facility Coordinator at her church and is involved in a monthly program caring for Widow and Widowers in our community. Supporting families and individuals at difficult times is a passion for Joni and she is pleased to be a part of the McPherson team since 2018.

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Dave Tarron, Service & Transfer Attendant

Born in Murraysville, B.C. Dave grew up with his mother, stepfather and 3 siblings. Dave Moved to Cranbrook from the coast in 1991 and met and married his wife Kim, they have one son Dallas. A great hobbie of Dave’s is classic car restoration. Dave has worked in security as well as a truck driver. He enjoys his work with the team most of all. Dave has been with McPherson’s since 2020.


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Gordon Murphy, (Retired) Funeral Director

Gordon Murphy has been in the funeral profession since 1969, Gordon was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. He received his New Brunswick Funeral Director’s License, later moving to Alberta and receiving his Funeral Director’s license there. Gordon and his family later moved to Cranbrook where he become a valuable part of the community and was named Cranbrook’s Citizen of the Year in 2001. His involvement in the community over the years has included work with the Compassionate Friends, Cranbrook Hospice Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the E.K P.A.R.T.Y program. Most of all, Gordon enjoys working with families at the funeral home. Gordon has been with McPherson’s since 1981.

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Brian Taylor, (Retired) Funeral Director

Brian is from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He attended Fredericton High School and graduated in 1968. Brian enjoys serving families throughout the East Kootenays and helping families in their time of need. He also enjoys and playing darts when the opportunity arises and is a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Brian has been with McPherson's since 1990.

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Daryl and Barb Houser,
(retired) Pre-Planning Counsellors

Daryl and Barb Houser retired from our company in the summer of 2018 as our representatives for Canada Purple Shield / FamilySide, a company that has been helping people pre-fund their final arrangements for over 75 years. McPherson Funeral Services chose Purple shield to be our pre-need provider and Barb and Daryl were a great asset and much respected members of our team for over 15 years. We wish them well - in their much deserved retirement!