Our Staff

We're proud to introduce members of the professional team who are privileged to serve you at Patrick J. Darte  ​Funeral Chapel.

Bryce Giroux

President & Managing Director

 A St. Catharines native and graduate of West Park Secondary School, Bryce Giroux began his funeral service career in 2012. Having completed his observation period right here at the Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel, he entered the funeral service program at Humber College from where he graduated in 2014. In the years since he left Humber, Bryce has held progressively responsible positions with funeral homes in Toronto and here in the Niagara Region, as a funeral director. 

Beyond his demanding professional responsibilities and ongoing development of his own skills, he has also been active in community outreach, organizing charitable events. Over the years he has also volunteered his time with various sports associations including the Niagara Football Association and Concord Soccer Club, as well as Habitat for Humanity. 

A significant part of Bryce’s career has been his focus on the role of introducing, encouraging and mentoring young people interested in a career in funeral service. He has also served his profession in a volunteer capacity, sitting on the Board of Directors of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association. 

In September 2020, Bryce Giroux achieved a career goal, becoming the owner/manager of the Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel in downtown St. Catharines, allowing him to serve his home town from his own business. 

Clayton Hawkins

Funeral Director

Clayton Hawkins joined our team as a Funeral Director early in 2022 bringing with him five years professional experience serving families here in the Niagara Region. A member of the fourth generation of his family to call the Niagara area home, Clayton knows the community and the people well and takes great pride in his roots here. 

Away from work, he is actively involved, and currently a council member, at St.Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls.

Clayton and his wife Peighton focus their free time on family pursuits and getting their exercise walking with their basset hound Harvey.


Bill & Donna Brown

Retired Owners

For more than a decade, Bill and Donna Brown dedicated themselves to serving the families of the St. Catharines region as owners and managers of the Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel. They earned a reputation for caring, compassionate service with a personal touch.

A career funeral director, Bill was the Managing Director of the funeral home while Donna oversaw the administrative side of the business. Capping a career that took the couple to Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto and Owen Sound, in 2008 they purchased the Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel, proudly returning the old firm to its family-business roots.

As they moved toward a richly deserved retirement, the Browns were delighted to find an equally dedicated young funeral professional, in Bryce Giroux - who started his professional journey with their firm - to take the reins.

We are extremely pleased and grateful that Bill and Donna have remained associated with the firm, initially to ensure a smooth transition for the new owner and our customers, and now in a support role, generously allowing us to call on their skill and experience when needed.