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About Us

History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Skyway Memorial Gardens was established over 55 years ago on 41 acres of pristine countryside dotted with majestic oak trees and traditional Florida fauna. Today, the countryside has been transformed into beautiful manicured gardens that offer visitors beauty, peace and solace.

We consider it a great honor that our families have chosen to place their trust in us to care for their loved ones. We are committed to fulfilling that trust with compassion and gentleness.

Historically, Skyway has offered several forms of memorialization throughout our gardens. These choices include Ground Burial, Community Mausoleum, Private Estates, Cremation Niches, Cremation Gardens with Benches, Memorial Boulders and Trees, and our recently completed new Monument Row Garden.

Our Valued Staff

Eric Cahill

Eric Cahill, General Manager

Eric started in the funeral profession at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery as a Family Services Counselor whose work was primarily taking care of pre-need planning for families. It seemed like a great fit for him since he has been a licensed insurance agent for nine years, specializing in advanced life insurance and annuity planning. He was a General Manager in the Hotel industry for five years and brings a gentle, personable, hospitality-centered approach to helping families when they need it most.

Eric worked in pre-planning full-time at Memorial Park while extensively studying at St. Petersburg College to earn his degree in Funeral Services. He is the only German-speaking member of our team and is the only one who has three state licenses: licensed insurance agent, licensed pre-need sales agent and a licensed funeral director / embalmer.

Originally from Fishkill, NY, he came to Florida in 1993 with his family when his father retired from his career with IBM. They settled in Pinellas County, but Eric has since lived on both sides of Tampa Bay. When asked why someone would get started in the Funeral Profession with no family already in it the answer is clear, “I’ve always had an interest in funerals and cemeteries and when my dad died, the level of care and compassion was very low. It became a personal mission to do better for people who have had a death in their family than was done for/to my family”.

When he’s not at Skyway, you’ll find him cooking, trying out recipes seen on TV and learning about local history.

James  Welch

James Welch, Sales Manager

Samantha E. Ratcliff

Samantha E. Ratcliff, Office Manager

Samantha has been in the Funeral Home industry for 10+ years. She began her career in Georgia as an Office Manager and 3 ½ years ago, transferred to Bradenton, Florida to further pursue her career. She has been an Office Manager her entire career and hopes to continue to grow her knowledge and experience and continue serve every family that comes to Skyway, with compassion, respect and sincerity.
Her commitment to the Funeral Home industry stems from a bad experience when she lost her Grandparents and by stepping up, hopes to prevent others from experiencing the same treatment that she was made to shoulder on the worst days of her life.

She is quite knowledgeable in her field, and if she does not have the answer, she will do all she can to get the answer for you. She will go that extra mile to make sure that all your needs are taken care of.

She has three children who she takes every opportunity possible to spend time with as life allows and enjoys the outdoors.

Brian Tetrick

Brian Tetrick, Funeral Director

Jeff Rosenthal

Jeff Rosenthal, Community Service Advisor

Jeff is a Family Service Advisor at Skyway Memorial Gardens and has been in family services since 2008. He originates from the Boston area and made Sarasota his home for 17 years. He earned an MBA in Finance from Bentley University and was in finance and real estate industries until 2008. He is rooted in the Sarasota area Jewish community and is also an associate minister at SCOL. He has one daughter who currently goes to College in Boston.

Chris Murray

Chris Murray, Family Services Supervisor

Chris Murray began his career in the cemetery industry in 2008 in his home state of Maryland. Chris has a strong belief that every family he serves should to be treated as if it were his own.
Chris is currently a resident of Sarasota. In his spare time, Chris enjoys outdoor activities, the beach, and spending time with his family.

Kady Brand

Kady Brand, Clerical & Administrative Specialist

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, Superintenden

William J. Dodge

William J. Dodge, Cemetery Caretaker

Patrick Averill

Patrick Averill, Cemetery Caretaker

Carol Miller

Carol Miller, Staff Associate

Lori Turbett

Lori Turbett, Staff Associate

I have worked at Skyway Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Palmetto, FL for 3 years as a Funeral Associate.
I was born and raised outside of Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Bradenton, Florida 4 years ago to escape the cold!
I spent 20+ years in Human Resources prior to moving to Florida and now am currently in Risk Management full time for Feld Entertainment, Inc. and part-time at Skyway Memorial. I spent 10 years as a volunteer EMT in our local ambulance service back in MN. I am currently on the Community Council for a non-profit organization here in Manatee County called “Take Stock in Children” which provides mentorship & full 4 year college scholarships to 25 awarded students each year, with our goal to be 100 scholarships per year by 2020. I also mentor a high-school student through this program as well.
I feel the value we give our families who come to us for service at Skyway is invaluable. I have been in their position some years ago, and I want other families to know that at their most vulnerable time, our staff will do whatever we can to make their difficult decisions much easier, as well as help others pre-plan to make the transition so much easier on loved ones when the time comes.
I have 3 children & 8 grandchildren! Some of my interests include writing, singing & beach time whenever possible!