Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff 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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Darren Flagg

Darren attended Humber College in Toronto where he earned his funeral director’s license in 1986. He completed his internship with Trull Funeral Homes in Toronto and soon after moved to Fort Erie to work at Davidson Funeral Home. In 2000 Darren along with his partners purchased Leo’s restaurant and 16 months later opened Benner Funeral Services. Darren has over 25 years of service to the residents of Fort Erie. An active member of the community, Darren has served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Erie Jaycees an organization he became the National President of. Darren and his family share a love of sports, and can be found spending winters in the arena and many summer evenings at the golf course.

Maria (Paonessa) Reid

Maria earned her Funeral Director’s license in 1999 from Humber College. After completing her internship at Jerrett Funeral Homes in Toronto in 1999, Maria moved to Niagara Falls where she began serving with both chapels of the Morgan Funeral Homes for ten years. Maria speaks fluent Italian, serves as the secretary of the Niagara District Funeral Directors Association and is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce of Fort Erie.

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