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

Our History

Tranquility Cremation by Aquamation (TCA) was created with the with one particular vision in mind, giving families a better option at end of life care.  TCA was founded, and is owned by an individual, rather then a large National Company, as so many death care providers are in Wilmington.    

Our Valued Staff

  • Eric M. Bester

    Eric M. Bester, Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer NC/SC, Aquamationist, B.M.S.

    Since the age of 17, I have always strived to serve families with Reverence and Grace. Nearly two decades later, after acquiring Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Shelby, NC, I have continued my core belief in serving our community, by excelling in the work and service we provide.

    As a visionary leader, I continually look for ways to enhance our service to our families. In 2019, I, along with my professional team, were honored to be North Carolina's first funeral home provider of Human Aquamation. We were also honored to be the first complete Aquamation facility in the U.S., offering both Human and Pet Aquamation. In the fall of 2021, we expanded our footprint in North Carolina and opened Tranquility Cremation by Aquamation in Wilmington. As leaders in our profession, we now operate the first and second Aquamation system, covering the entire state of North Carolina and the East Coast.

    I will always maintain my focus on providing Comfort and Peace to those who experience loss.

  • Kelly  Howard

    Kelly Howard, Aquamationist

  • Noah Saldo

    Noah Saldo, Funeral Director & Embalmer & Aquamationist

  • Leanne Hartman

    Leanne Hartman, Aquamationist