The Island Funeral Home and Crematory Joins Foundation Partners Group

Acquisition Continues to Build Foundation Partners Group’s Footprint

Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of The Island Funeral Home and Crematory and Cremation Simplified in Hilton Head, SC. With the acquisition of the firm, the Foundation Partners’ network in South Carolina has expanded to eleven locations.

“The Richardson family has built a great operation on Hilton Head Island,” stated Bob Bukala, President and CEO of Foundation Partners Group. “Allen moved his family from Ohio in 1977 and built the funeral home literally from the ground up. He and his daughter, Sheri Richardson Stahl, have been honored numerous times by the funeral profession and recognized repeatedly by families as the ‘Best Funeral Home’ on Hilton Head Island. We couldn’t be more pleased that they decided to become part of the Foundation Partners’ family.”

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory opened in 1981 and added its first crematory in 1983, leading the state of South Carolina in providing meaningful and relevant funeral services for those who selected cremation. They have been recognized six times for the Pursuit of Excellence award by the National Funeral Directors Association for their continued efforts to provide the highest quality service to their community. In addition, they pioneered an online offering, Cremation Simplified, to service the more price-focused consumers in their immediate and surrounding markets.

“As I looked towards retirement, Sheri and I began exploring various options for the next chapter for our business,” stated Allen Richardson. “We quickly realized that Foundation Partners Group would be a great fit since they really ‘get’ the cremation business."

“Now that we have joined Foundation Partners Group, we have even more innovative resources to take our service to an even higher level for the families we serve,” added Sheri Richardson Stahl. “In addition, as part of Foundation Partners, our staff will now have more opportunities for professional advancement. It’s a real ‘win – win’ for The Island Funeral Home and Crematory.”

“Allen and Sheri have built a truly enviable business; one that will continue to thrive as a member of the Foundation Partners team,” stated Erin Whitaker, Senior Vice President of Business Development at FPG. “Over the past 35 years, The Island Funeral Home has built an exceptional operation on Hilton Head Island and their staff delivers the same high customer service we strive to attain every day. We are honored to have them as part of the FPG team.”

About Foundation Partners Group: Foundation Partners Group (FPG) is a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products. As one of the largest privately-owned funeral and cemetery operators, FPG owns and operates funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries in 17 states, and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S. With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, FPG is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession through their innovative ShareLife® customer experience-centered approach and harnessing the power of relationship and partnership. For more information, visit the Foundation Partners Group website at

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