Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary
We are proud to highlight our long-time OCFDA member Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary. Founded in 1911 by Oliver Halsell, Fairhaven Memorial Park has been serving its community for over a century.
Many families come to enjoy the park daily whether it is to visit a loved one, take a stroll through the grounds, or attend one of their cornerstone events Fairhaven organizes each year.
Some of the key events include the Easter Sunrise Service, Memorial Day, Dia de los Muertos, and the "Always in Our Hearts" service of remembrance.
Fairhaven wants everyone to feel welcomed and confident that their staff is just a call away when they are needed most or when the neighborhood wants to gather and enjoy a fun event.
The community is encouraged to attend free movie screenings, car shows, and concerts throughout the summer months.
Additionally, their funeral directors and staff focus on the needs of their families long after disposition. Fairhaven along with Harbor Lawn-Mt Olive,
Pacific View, Westminster Memorial and Dimond & Shannon sponsor LIFT O.C. a social support program exclusively for seniors. They organize outings to museums, botanical gardens and paint nights to name a few.
At LIFT events, Orange County seniors can socialize with others who share similar experiences. Fairhaven's monthly Support Group and Pet Loss Support Group are also available to anyone who wants to participate.
Last, but certainly not least, Fairhaven is a faithful supporter of the Cypress College Mortuary Science program. Each semester Fairhaven selects and hosts future funeral service practitioners
so they can complete their funeral directing practicums required for graduation.
Thank you Fairhaven for being an outstanding OCFDA member and for serving our community!
Prince Charters, LLC
member since January 2019
Captain Doug and First Mate Donna with their 1968 luxury vintage yacht, Journey
We are pleased to highlight OCFDA member Prince Charters, LLC owned and operated by Doug and Donna Misterly. Their service is impeccable and they are very passionate about caring for the families they serve. Doug is 100 Ton Master U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain and Donna does everything else!
Prince Charters was originally founded in 1965 by Captain Doug's grandfather, Gilbert Prince. In the late 60's Rev. Gilbert Prince, then rector of St. James, South Pasadena, led a group of clergymen in persuading California's legislators to change the state law so that cremated remains of a deceased person could be scattered at sea. Grandpa Prince was featured on 60-Minutes in 1980 and in several articles in the Los Angeles Times.
As a boy, Captain Doug loved to spend time with his grandfather on his boats. By the age of 12, he was given an opportunity to crew on a sea burial in Newport Beach. From that day forward, he had a passion to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Today Doug continues the Prince family legacy with his wife and First Mate, Donna.
Your newest addition is beautiful! What can you tell us about her?
Journey launched with Prince Charters December 1, 2018. She is a stunning 1968 luxury yacht - vintage to the core. Journey is Coast Guard Inspected for 31 passengers and is fully restored to her original beauty.
She has a spacious enclosed aft deck and plenty of seating on the bow with spectacular views of the harbor. Below deck has new teak floors throughout as you step into a beautiful salon area with a mini bar and gorgeous views.
Continue your journey as you step down to an amazing nautical bar room. Journey is complete with an upgraded galley and two large restrooms.
Most of the cruising time is through a beautiful and peaceful harbor allowing our families to relax both prior to and after the service.
Journey's Salon toward bow
How many guests can you accommodate? We have two U.S. Coast Guard Inspected vessels. Alexandria is our classic wood boat, for up to 11 passengers plus a mate and captain.
Journey is our luxury vintage yacht for up to 31 passengers plus a mate and captain
When did you start serving families with sea scatterings and how many sea scattering services do you conduct in a typical month? We officially started
serving families full time with sea scatterings in early 2017. Prior to that, we provided sea scattering services part-time on our 42' Sailboat.
After adding Journey to the fleet last December, our business continues to grow every month.
What has been one of your most memorable services at sea?
There are many, but one in particular comes to mind for a family who was suffering so much with the loss of their father and husband.
After the scattering, a small group of dolphins followed the boat all the way back through the harbor. Their loved one adored the sea and he especially loved dolphins.
It was a moment of warmth in the midst of sorrow.
Do you have any tips for Funeral Directors coordinating this type of service with you? Anything you have noticed any areas in which we can improve the experience for you and our families?
We have a Q&A that we can send to you and we are happy to come out and meet with your staff to answer any questions. If you prefer, we can also set you up with your own account to book directly on our booking platform. Feel free to call us with any questions or to book a scattering service.
booking platform. Feel free to call us with any questions or to book a scattering service.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? We care deeply for our families and we do all that we can to help them. We regularly receive hugs and notes of appreciation, which mean so much to us.
In addition to scatterings near Huntington Harbour/Seal Beach pier, we can take families to Huntington Beach Pier or Catalina on the Vintage Yacht (additional cost applies) and provide unattended sea scatterings.
We have brochures we would love to deliver to you that do not list our phone numbers so your families book with you. We can also provide catering, white dove release, bagpipes and Military Honors prior to departure.
Thank you Prince Charters for your service and for being an OCFDA Member.
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