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Our Staff

Our Staff


Kerry Allan
Manager of Community and Family Services

Kerry has been offering guidance and assistance to families for over 17 years. Ms. Allan provides exceptional customer care, is compassionate, understanding and sensitive to the needs of those she serves. She possesses a thorough knowledge of the cemetery industry and stands available to meet with families at any time.

Brendan Barry
Funeral Director

Brendan is originally from Wisconsin & has lived in Florida for nearly 20 years. He graduated from St. Petersburg College and has been with Sylvan Abbey since 2001. Brendan finds personal satisfaction in helping the families he serves. While away from work, he and his wife, Sara, enjoy visiting State Parks, the Caribbean and reuniting with family in the Midwest.

Charles Brown
Funeral Director

Charlie was raised in Norwalk, CT & became involved in the funeral industry while in his Senior year of High School. He attended American Academy/McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City & obtained his Connecticut License in 1969 & his Florida License in 1984. He has suffered personal losses with the deaths of parents, a wife & son; he feels called to serve families in a greater capacity and understanding.

Kevin Ferm
Location Manager

Kevin has been with Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home since January 2007. He has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1989 and is a Certified Crematory Operator. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and a Mortuary Science degree from Miami Dade Communtiy College. He is married and has two children.

Peter Hardy
Funeral Director

Pete has been with Sylvan Abbey since 2007. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1981 and has worked in both Tampa and Pinellas counties in various roles from Funeral Director to Director of Operations. Pete's personal time is spent fishing, motorcycling and attempted gourmet cooking.

Brittany Hill
Funeral Director

Brittany received her A.S. Degree in Funeral Services from St. Petersburg College in May 2010. In July of 2010, she joined Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home as an Intern Director. After completing her internship, she remained on staff at Sylvan Abbey as a LIcensed Funeral Director. She currently lives in Port Richey with her dog and three cats.

Stephen James
Funeral Director

Steve has been with Sylvan Abbey since 1997 and in the funeral industry for 36 years. He is a Mason and a Shriner. He loves playing golf, working in the yard, nature walks and canoeing. Steve is married to Terese Gaffney, has 2 children, Stephanie and Andrew, and a grandchild, Myles.

Ben Marshall III
Cemetery Manager

Ben J. Marshall III graduated from St. Pete Junior College & attended USF & Eckerd College. He began his career with Stewart Enterprises in 2000 & now oversees cemetery operations for Sylvan Abbey, Memorial Park & Woodlawn. Ben's passions are family, gardening, fishing & hunting. He earned his USCG Captain's License in 2008. He has 2 children, Adrian & Allison, both in Jacksonville. Ben and his wife, Barbara, live in Dunnellon.