Losing a loved one is deeply painful and having to handle funeral or memorial arrangements can be extremely trying and stressful. Finding a Lancaster PA funeral home with a compassionate and attentive funeral director can make a world of difference.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, our commitment is with each family we serve as we provide a meaningful, personalized, and affordable service geared to specific needs and wishes.
You will feel our attentiveness every step of the way, starting with making sure you and your family feel safe, comfortable, and taken care of from the moment you step into our parlor.
As part of our efforts to deliver value and support, and establish strong relationships with individuals, families and the community, we took time to create a ‘get to know the funeral director’ segment – to offer a more personal aspect of our family business.
As you receive personalized care and attention from DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory’s family’s experienced funeral directors, you’ll understand why four generations of families have entrusted us with their final arrangements.
Today, our staff spotlight goes to Brian L. Maxwell:
1. What is your role at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home& Crematory?
I assist families in making funeral and cremation arrangements at time of need and also assist with pre-need arrangements and assist in funeral services.
2. How long have you worked as a Funeral Director?
I started working in funeral service in New Jersey in 1981.
3. What is your favorite thing about working at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home& Crematory?
The fact of family ownership, I was impressed by the four generations of the same family and in the same location, and the reputation in the community.
4. What made you want to become a funeral director?
I began my career in funeral service by mowing the lawn and washing cars and assisting as pallbearer.
5. What do you do for fun outside of work?
My wife Denise and I enjoy being with our children and grandchildren, also the country shops and all the enjoyable places to eat.
6. What is your favorite vacation spot?
My wife and I enjoy the Marriott Surf and Ocean Club on the island of Aruba.
7. What is one thing I recommend someone does/visits when they come to Lancaster?
A visitor must enjoy a meal at “Good-n-Plenty” Family Restaurant owned by the Lapp family and Sight and Sound Theater.
8. What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Loyal, trustworthy, he has a good appetite!
9. Before working at DS, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Well I started working as a short order cook at Stewarts Root Beer Stand, then funeral service, so I can’t say anything was unusual.
10. What is your favorite quote?
It’s a Bible verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths” (it is true).
11. If you could witness an event past, present, or future, what would it be?
The Birth of Christ.
12. Do you have a secret talent?
I have enjoyed singing in our Church Choir.
13. What do you miss the most about being a kid?
Our summer days at the Jersey Shore, and eating all the produce from my grandfather’s garden.
14. What was your favorite show growing up?
15. Do you volunteer anywhere?
I have volunteered over the years, but not at the present.
16. If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be?
“Who wants to be a Millionaire”, of course for the million dollars.
17. What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh?
A picture of my grandson eating strawberries at a pick your own farm near West Chester, PA.
18. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Let the small things roll off your back.
19. Name one item from your bucket list?
I would like to go to Israel.
20. What is the hardest part of being a funeral director?
Families grieving the loss of a child.
21. What is the most rewarding part about being a funeral director?
Knowing that in some small way, you have eased their burden, and creating a meaningful life tribute for them to remember.
22. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
To enjoy my family, especially my wife and children and grandchildren, long into the future.
23. What person in your life has had the greatest influence on the person you have become?
The greatest person to influence my life was my step grandfather who passed away in 1981. He had a great sense of humor and I loved being with him. He has a strong work ethic, and enjoyed being outdoors working in his yard, people passing by his home would stop to see his beautiful flower gardens.
Brian graduated from Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ in 1981 where he received his accreditation in Mortuary Science. He is a current member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
He enjoys living in Lancaster County and all of the activities that are offered here. He and his wife Denise have four children, one grandson, and one granddaughter.
Brian prides himself on his attention to detail when creating funeral services for the families he serves.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, we understand that making final plans can be very difficult, and we take extra care to provide assurance that your loved one receives proper care and attention.
To learn more about a traditional or personalized funeral or memorial service in one of the most trusted among funeral homes in Lancaster PA, please contact us: https://www.debordsnyder.com/