Richard Beattie was born in Pouce Coupe, B.C. and raised both in Goodfare, Alberta and Chetwynd, B.C. He received his Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Embalming and his Certificate of Qualification in Funeral Directing in 1993, while employed with Prince George’s largest Funeral Company.
Sandy Beattie was born in Dawson Creek and was also raised in Chetwynd. Sandy’s outgoing personality and her dedication to helping others has proven to be very valuable as she helps to serve the families of the Peace Region. Living in the Peace River area allows Richard and Sandy to be close to their five children and nine beautiful grandchildren.
With their fondness for the Peace Country, Richard and Sandy purchased Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium in 2002. Richard and Sandy Beattie are a new team for a new century, respectfully serving families in their time of need.
Bonnie Beck was born and raised in Beaverlodge, Alberta and still lives on the family farm where she grew up. Bonnie is the daughter of Norm and Susan Beck, sadly Norm passed away in the summer of 2012. In April 2013 Bonnie joined us and in 2015 she graduated, with top of her class honors, from the Mortuary Science Program from the Canadian College of Funeral Service, obtaining her Funeral Director and Embalmer licence for Alberta. Bonnie received four out of five awards and two bursaries. In early 2016, she also obtained her Funeral Director and Embalming licence for the province of British Columbia. Her dedication to service will guide Bonnie through as she provides care and support to the families of our communities.
Pauline Haycock was born in Dawson Creek to Ernie and Dolores Paradowski. She spent all of her childhood years in the Farmington area, and attended high school in Dawson Creek. After graduation, Pauline went on to become a home care aide, working with seniors in our communities.
Pauline married Doug Haycock, and currently reside in the Tower Lake community along with their three children. Pauline is an active member of the Peace Mission Chapel in Progress, BC.
Pauline's gift of service inspired her to join Reynars Funeral Home as a Funeral Celebrant in January 2010. Pauline enjoys getting to know the families of our communities on a personal level. This enables her to create a meaningful and personalized celebration of life service. Pauline's certificate of training in counseling skills as well as her sense of community gives her a strong base to draw from as she companions with families through this difficult time.
Ken Torgerson grew up in the small farming community of LaGlace, Alberta. He married Mabel (nee Westad) on August 29, 1956, and moved to Dawson Creek the following year where, together, they raised their family of 2 sons, Kelvin and Todd and 2 daughters, Rhonda and Cheri.
Ken has been a part of the Reynars team since 2005 bringing with him, his natural abilities at greeting and ushering, which lends well to his position as funeral assistant.
Ken believes, the Peace River Region is “the best place on earth to live” and where one will find the friendliest people.
Lyle Gerwien was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, to parents Joe and Grace Gerwien. They soon later moved to Quesnel, British Columbia where he attended grade school. In 1959 Lyle and his family moved to Chetwynd, BC; at that time Lyle took his high school education out of Dawson Creek.
In 1966 as Lyle was studying Agriculture in Dawson Creek he met Pauline Krapp. They married three years later in 1969 and have two children. Lyle began his career in 1972 with the BC Vocational School looking after the Mile Zero Farm.
For many years Lyle volunteered for the Dawson Creek Rope and Saddle Club and he is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Pauline and Lyle attend the Notre Dame Catholic Church here in Dawson Creek.
After retiring in 2009 from Northern Lights College, Lyle joined us here at Reynars as a driver and a funeral assistant. When Lyle is not at Reynars Funeral Home he can be found helping his daughter Charene at her flower shop.
Lyle and Pauline continue to reside in Dawson Creek, where they have raised their two children and have watched their grandchildren grow