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Our Beginning

Established in 1949 by Quincy brothers, Francis M. Sweeney and Richard T. Sweeney, Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, Inc. at 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy is celebrating sixty-four years of service.

Francis and Richard were second generation funeral directors and sons of the well-known Quincy funeral director, Dennis S. Sweeney. Both men were World War II veterans. Francis, a decorated U.S. Army Sergeant, received the Bronze Star and served in the European Theater. He was also a graduate of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Class of 1936. Richard served with the U.S. Coast Guard, as a Seaman First Class, aboard LST 791 in the Pacific Theater.

Located in South Quincy, adjacent to the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the Sweeney Brothers purchased their home from the Barnicoat Family. Built in the late 1800s, this beautiful estate was noted for its elegant cupola and the distinguished hand carved granite lions that remain an integral part of our front entrance.

Francis M. Sweeney
Richard T. Sweeney

Through the years, Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals has earned a reputation of providing dependable, dignified, and caring service to families in Quincy and throughout the South Shore.  Personalized attention to detail and a commitment to community service have helped to build a solid foundation and heritage of sensitive care and compassionate service.

Richard T. Sweeney, Jr.
Richard T. Sweeney, Jr.

After the passing of Francis in 1959, Richard continued his efforts and was joined by his son, Richard, Jr. in 1972.  A graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Providence College, and the New England Institute of Anatomy, Embalming and Funeral Directing, Richard Jr. became a third generation funeral director.  Since Richard T. Sweeney's passing in 1989, Richard Jr. and his staff have carried on and are committed to providing a comfortable, dignified environment for families in their time of need.

Today

In 2003 and 2010, Richard’s two sons, Francis M. Sweeney and Richard T. Sweeney III, joined the firm.

Francis is a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1999 where he served as Class President.  He is also a graduate of Boston College, Class of 2003, where he received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Theology and Political Science.  He then earned his professional degree in Funeral Service, with highest honors, from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in 2004.

Richard is a graduate of Boston College High School, Class of 2006 where he served as Class President.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Class of 2010 where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Government.  He then earned his professional degree in Funeral Service, with highest honors, from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in 2012.

Francis M. Sweeney Richard T. Sweeney III
Francis M. Sweeney Richard T. Sweeney III

Francis and Richard share the distinction of being the City of Quincy’s first fourth generation funeral directors.  Their addition to our staff has been a positive influence because of their caring and sensitive commitment to the families that we have the privilege of serving.

The facility itself has seen many changes during these sixty years, including enlarged parking, a large addition to the main home and most recently, the completion of a handicapped access project and renovations to the interior.

Richard and his sons, Francis and Richard are proud to carry on the tradition of an independently owned and family oriented funeral home dedicated to providing personal service. They would like to thank the thousands of families they have assisted through the past sixty-four years and pledge to continue their proud tradition of funeral service.

 

 

 

 


Sweeney Brothers Home For Funerals • 1 Independence Avenue Quincy, MA 02169 • phone 617-472-6344
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