History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
A Message from our family to yours…
Beach Funeral Homes has been serving Brevard County families since the early 1980's, beginning in our beachside communities of the Melbourne area. We are fortunate to live among the brave men and women serving our country here at Patrick Air Force Base. We know and understand your sacrifice and are forever grateful.
In 2001, we opened our second location in the Melbourne Suntree area, which gives our families another convenient location to visit. This location provides our own private crematory, ensuring your loved ones never leave our care. Living in and serving our own community gives us the ability to listen, learn, and adapt. This provides us with the advantage of the best possible care, service, and memorialization.
We are determined to maintain the highest standards of care and respect to all those we serve. With the utmost attention to detail, we trust that every task will be handled in the most professional manner. We pledge our dedication, involvement and support to the communities we serve.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Manuel S. Vieira
Christopher D. Vieira
Location Leader, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, Certified Celebrant
Isabel M. Vieira
Funeral Director/Operations Consultant
Isabel and her husband, Mannie have ministered together for many years serving this wonderful community. Isabel became the families’ first licensed funeral director, obtaining her Mortuary Science degree from Mercer College in New Jersey. In addition to her operations duty, Isabel, provides strong administrative guidance with her background in corporate accounting. Mannie is true people person whose mission in life has always been to help those around him in any way possible. They built an admirable legacy, which their son, Christopher, has taken over operations allowing them to retire part-time. They cherish spending time with their grandchildren and volunteering with community organizations. They are very active in their church community at Holy Name of Jesus, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and Rotary.
Chris was born in New Jersey where he entered his ministry in the funeral industry in 2004. He received his training from a third generation family funeral home, learning the true definition of what it takes to serve the bereaved. He obtained his Mortuary Science degree from Mercer College in New Jersey, graduating with recognition in restorative art. During his time in New Jersey he became licensed, No. 4740, and a Certified Celebrant with the Insight Institute, articulating customized services. He later obtained his BS degree from Southern Illinois University.
Brevard county has always been a part of his life, vacationing, and visiting family since childhood. He made the full-time move in 2007 leading and managing both locations ever since, alongside his parents. Chris is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Lions Club, and plays soccer in leagues around town. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children doing all things outdoors.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jim Cantrell has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 46 years. He grew up in the funeral industry, residing above the family funeral home. His mother and father were morticians in Southern Missouri and that’s where he learned death can put a lot of stress on people. Not only the family and relatives of the deceased person but the funeral directors and embalmers working in the business.
He attended and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1971. He never went back to work with his parents, but rather a large funeral home in Kansas City, MO. His apprenticeship was disrupted by the military, joining the Missouri National Guard serving basic training in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. After basic training he rejoined the funeral business and continued his career for the next 40 years in Kansas City, MO. He completed his education at Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO with a B.S. in Business Management. Jim and his wife moved to Satellite Beach, FL in June of 2015.
He has been with Beach Funeral Homes since that time and has enjoyed his experience with the Vieira family. It has given him that small town feeling again, taking care of families within his community. This is a very diverse community in religion and ethnicity and he enjoys being a part of the Beach family.
Sharon has been a resident of Brevard County since 2014 by way of Virginia Beach. In 2015 she joined our team and has been serving in many valuable capacities. From administrative functions, transfers, and assisting on services, Sharon in involved in just about every aspect of our operation. She served our country in the United States Army and involved in many different community organizations.
Terry, a native of Ohio, joined our team in 2015 providing valuable advanced planning arrangement services to our community. He later took on our crematory operations and administrative functions for our west location in Melbourne. Terry can also be found assisting on services and transfers. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and active in his church community.
Solaey is the newest member of our team, joining us in 2019 as an apprentice trainee. She was born and raised in Queens, New York and a former resident of Long Island. It has always been her passion to be a Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director and serve families in their time of need. Solaey is married with two children and currently attending St. Petersburg College full time to obtain her degree in Mortuary Science.
Rich has been a member of the team since 2007 assisting on services, transfers, and many other attendant operations. He retired from U.S. Air Force active duty in 1982 and served as a civilian employee for another twenty-four years. Rich and wife Carol are actively involved in many community activities.
Chaplain Hodges is a retired officer from the United States Air Force and joined our team in 2014. Since then he has continued his chaplain ministry and assists on services, transfers, and various day-to-day duties. Hodges grew up surfing the beaches of Virginia and continues that passion along our Space Coast.
Ed is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and retired law enforcement officer from Connecticut. He has been assisting on services since 2015, as well as various day-to-day duties. Ed an active member of the catholic community at St. John the Evangelist and many law enforcement and military organizations.