About Us

Focused on Your Needs
Who We Are and What We Do

Proudly serving Belleville and the Quinte area,  Burke Funeral Home will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals.

We are proud to be a part of this community. Our helpful, dedicated staff are passionate about supporting families, local associations, religious organizations and cultural groups, and we are honoured to host a series of free memorial events throughout the year.  As well, we are happy to provide the use of our spacious Community Room at no charge for local non-profit meetings. Call for details.

General Manager, Ottawa, Kingston & Belleville

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Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson is a third generation Funeral Director with Arbor Memorial. He graduated from Humber College in 2005 with an honours diploma in Funeral Service Education. He is currently working as the General Manager of Ottawa, Kingston & Belleville. With over 12 years working for Arbor, he has become a leader in providing responsive, respectful and meaningful end-of-life services. Eric has a passion for serving and giving back to the community. He is involved with Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, Sales and Ad Club, and an active member in the local Baptist church.

ethompson@arbormemorial.com

Our Staff

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Funeral Home Manager Jeff Tureski

Jeff began his funeral career in his home town of Oshawa, Ontario and brings his 30 years of experience to the Burke Funeral Home since 2010. As with all staff at Burke Funeral Home, his primary role is serving those who call upon him in their time of need. Jeff serves as a Funeral Director as well, is the Manager; where coordinating all of his efforts into a single focus is paramount.

 It is Jeff’s hope that he can make a difference for his families during their most vulnerable time by offering some of his gifts; including his impeccable listening skills, his professionalism, empathy, and his attention to detail and his dedication to their wishes. He honestly loves and takes great pride in serving families at Burke Funeral Home.

Jeff’s commitment to the community extends beyond his professional life. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Belleville (Past President) and serves as a Board of Director for Hospice Quinte.

During his time away from serving families, Jeff likes to remain physically fit by working off any stress at Planet Fitness, he belongs to the Quinte Curling Club in the winter months and spends time relaxing on the Bay of Quinte over the summer.

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Office Administrator Shawna Courneyea

Shawna has been a part of the Burke family for over 16 years as the branch administrator. Shawna and her husband Richard launched a new business "Signal Brewery" located in Corbyville. 

scourneyea@arbormemorial.com

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Senior Funeral Director Terry Burke

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Funeral Director Sheila Rushnell

Sheila has been a licensed funeral director for the past 36 years. She is a wife and mother. Sheila joined the Burke Funeral Home in 2016 and is a proud Arbor employee. 

burke@arbormemorial.com

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Funeral Director Kayla Albanese

Kayla transitioned from her career in the RCAF and successfully became a new Licensee as of 2020. She is outgoing and enjoys connecting with people.

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Funeral Director Laurason Gunning

Laurason is a licensed funeral director, graduating from Humber College in 2005. A proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 428, Tweed. He has been involved with Tweed Minor Hockey as a coach and is a supporter of fundraising efforts through Family Feud Baseball and Hockey tournaments.

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Pre-Arrangement Director Sarah Tirelli

Sarah is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with more than 17 years of industry experience through the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (Formerly the Board of Funeral Service). She is proud to be a member of the Burke Funeral Home care team.

Sarah’s compassionate demeanor, paired with her expertise has allowed her to help thousands of families after they have suffered the death of a loved one, as well as assisting families in advance need planning. Sarah uses a relaxed, consultative approach to make her families feel comfortable and at ease.

 As the Pre-planning funeral director at Burke Funeral Home, she works to protect her families against undue stress and expense at their time of need. She will also assist you with the matters that are not as time sensitive as today’s arrangement conference, but equally as important (The Aftercare appointment). Please expect her call shortly after your funeral service, so that she may provide your family the utmost attention it deserves.

Outside of the funeral home, Sarah is a huge animal advocate and you can find her chasing after her 3 children or 2 dogs, answering the question “why?” for the eleventy-billionth time, or whipping up a delicious Italian meal in the kitchen for her kids to push around their plate.

Accessibility

Arbor Memorial Inc. (“Arbor”) is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities by preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting the accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). 

As part of our commitment, we strive to achieve barrier-free accessibility at all Arbor locations nationally.

If you would like to provide feedback regarding Arbor's Accessibility Services, please visit the "Contact Us" section of this website. Alternatively, you can contact the location Manager by telephone or mail. Arbor's Accessibility Policy and Multi Year Plan is available upon request.