Once you request the services of Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
H. William Carpenter, a third generation member of the family, joined the firm after serving in the U. S. Marine Corps after WWII. He later graduated from Bryant College in 1951 and reentered the Marine Corps for the Korean Conflict. He graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1953 and has been licensed since 1954.
Bill is a Past President of the former Cranston General Hospital, Past Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Greater Providence YMCA and a member of the Cranston Hall of Fame. He is married to Joyce (Barton) and has three children, Karen Grover, Craig W. Carpenter, and Todd B. Carpenter, and four grandchildren. Bill currently serves as a Vice-President of the firm.
In memory of Stephen E. Carpenter - 1949-2013, Steve died on Dec. 26, 2013 after serving since 1995 as President of Carpenter Jenks. Son of the late Linn. M. Carpenter, Jr., Steve was a fourth generation member of the family who joined the firm after graduating from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1971. Stephen was a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons for Rhode Island, a Past Potentate/CEO of the Rhode Island Shriner's and served as Deputy for Scottish Rite Masons of R.I.
Steve served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Learning Centers for Dyslexia, and was a member of Kent County Hospital Corporation. Stephen was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, and Chairman of the State of Rhode Island Mass Fatality Committee. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Corrigan), and their six children, Lindsay, Sean, Lisa, Shannon, Michael and Christopher, and 14 grandchildren.
Craig W. Carpenter, CFSP, son of H. William Carpenter is a fourth generation member of the family joining the firm after graduating from Bryant College and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1983.
Craig is a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, President of Norwood Baptist Church, Vice President of the R.I. Funeral Trust, former Vice President of the Coventry Little League, member of the Board of Directors Pawtuxet Valley Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Rhode Island State Board of Examiners for Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He is married to Susan (Major) and has two children Lauren and Kyle. Craig is currently serving as President of the firm.
Christopher J. DiIorio entered funeral service in 2003 and graduated from the Funeral Institute of the North East (FINE Mortuary College) in 2005 where he served on the Student Body and a member of the first Alumni Association. He joined Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director in September 2005.
He is the (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Hazard Officer for the Funeral Home and is a member of: the Rhode Island Disaster and Mass Fatality Committee for the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island and National Funeral Directors Association's. Chris is currently serving as Treasurer of the firm and is a fifth generation funeral director.
Chris was a volunteer for the Rhode Medical Examiner's Office in the aftermath of the Station Nightclub Fire. He is currently a member of St. John's Lodge, Providence # 1 and the RI Shriners.
Michaela Nisbet is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island and Connecticut from which she brings several years of experience, and has also earned the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). She is a Rhode Island native, originally from Coventry and a 2001 graduate of Coventry High School. Michaela graduated from Briarwood College in 2005, where she was awarded Who’s Who among American Junior Colleges. She has recently moved back to Coventry, RI, where she is raising her daughter Sophia.
Our Continuing Care Coordinator is Sue Carpenter. Sue’s passion for caring for families in grief grew from the sudden death of her mother. Understanding the difficult transitions families must go through in the first year of grief, we believe that our care should not end with the final arrangements. Sue is responsible for sending our Continuing Care Series books to the families we serve throughout their first year of grief. Sue recently graduated from the Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Comprehensive Bereavement Skill Training.
Sue coordinates our holiday Time of Remembrance service in which we invite all the families we served over the past year to come back to the funeral home for a non-denominational service recognizing that all of these families will be struggling to get through that first Christmas gathering without their loved one. Families find this time to be healing and uplifting as well as supportive. Sue also oversees our Pursuit of Excellence program. This is a national program that Carpenter-Jenks participates in that requires extraordinary efforts in the areas of continuing education, community support, library and media resources, technical skills, and public relations.
Sue graduated from Warwick Veteran’s Memorial High School in 1981 and went on to earn an Associate in Science degree from Community College of Rhode Island. She has worked in the financial and legal fields before joining the staff at Carpenter-Jenks. She is an active member of Norwood Baptist Church in Warwick serving as Clerk of the Church, and the former Secretary of the Coventry Little League.. She now makes her home in Coventry with her husband Craig and their two children Lauren and Kyle.
Kathy Barclay, Kathy has called Rhode Island home for 20 years. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, her husband became pastor of Norwood Baptist Church, Warwick, RI in 1993, when they moved here.
Kathy’s expertise in database management along with her broad experience in ‘ever changing technology’ is a unique asset to Carpenter-Jenks. It is her capabilities along with her sincere caring for people that make Kathy a great fit here. Kathy serves on the Board of Ministry at Norwood Baptist Church and is also their Childcare Leader. She is married to the Rev. George Barclay. They have two sons, one in high school and one in college.