Nearly 60 years ago, Robert Barranco and his wife, Catherine, fell in love with the small-town charm of Severna Park while driving through the community on their way to visit family in Beverly Beach. In 1959, they moved from Baltimore to Severna Park and had a funeral home built along Ritchie Highway. At that time, Severna Park consisted mostly of farms and summer cottages and was just beginning to become a place for year-round living.
In 1960, before Barranco & Sons Funeral Home was even furnished, the Barrancos received their first call from a family experiencing a tragic loss. Their parents and relatives rushed to their aid by providing pieces of furniture from their own homes in order to create a welcoming atmosphere for the new customers. The grandfather clock that stands in the foyer today is among those gifts. Together, the young couple worked hard to build a reputation and business by providing respect and dignity to every family that walked into their establishment. The Barrancos raised four children, including James, John and Carolyn, in the funeral home’s downstairs apartment.
During the mid-1980s, brothers James and John Barranco became licensed funeral directors and decided to carry on the legacy created by their parents. A few years later, Carolyn Russell joined her brothers, assisting with office operations and accounting.
The funeral home’s manager, Tyler Clymer, performs an outstanding job managing daily operations. Kyle Glenn joined the company as an apprentice and is now a licensed funeral director. Durand Williams has been a funeral assistant for more than 10 years, serving families with the utmost care. Kathleen Barranco, John’s daughter, is now enrolled in mortuary science classes. She, too, plans to become a funeral director, starting the third generation in funeral service.
“We are extremely grateful to have such wonderful and caring professionals who know the importance of treating people the way they would want to be treated,” said Catherine.
Giving back to the community is an important part of the family’s mission. The Barranco family realizes the need to support local schools, churches, civic clubs, hospices, hospitals, and police and fire departments within the community.
Whether the final disposition is burial or cremation, they strive to make every ceremony a service of remembrance. “I feel it is a tremendous honor to be a funeral director,” James said. “Grieving families entrust us to care for them.”
Barranco Funeral Home offers many more options than what was available in the past to help celebrate a life once lived. “Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences,” John said. “Our mission is to help each family say goodbye in the most meaningful way possible.”
The Barranco family would like to thank the entire Severna Park community for allowing their family and staff the opportunity to serve them for over half a century. They pledge to continue providing the same level of service for many years to come.