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At a time when more and more funeral homes are being controlled by distant, bottom-line corporations, the Magrath family continues to serve their neighbors with the sensitivity of a family and the professionalism garnered from 106 years of experience.

From the time of it’s founding in 1910 by Frederick A. Magrath to the present day, Magrath Funeral Home has remained an unbroken chain of family ownership and control, serving the community with dignity and respect.  In the early part of the last century when wakes were primarily held in private homes, Frederick A. Magrath first worked out of storefronts on Maverick Square and at 64 Meridian Street. In 1947, on the site of the old Bethel Church, the Magrath Family opened East Boston’s first true Funeral Home. A facility where for the first time in East Boston a wake could be held outside of a family dwelling, thus relieving much of the stress put on a family at a time of such need.  In 1959 that building was taken by eminent domain to make way for the Callahan Tunnel, which brought the Magrath Funeral Home to its current spacious location at 325 Chelsea Street, built with indoor parking, street level accessibility and rear access from Bremen Street.

Frederick J. Magrath Sr. succeeded his father, Frederick A. in 1935, who was then succeeded by his son Frederick J. Magrath Jr. Upon his death in 1986, his children, Dayle Magrath Vecchione, Brian F. Magrath (1953-2007) and Mark F. Magrath, became the fourth generation to carry on the tradition of East Boston’s oldest family owned and operated Funeral Home.  For more than 100 years, throughout many cultural and economic changes the Magrath family continues to serve families of East Boston and the surrounding communities with sensitivity, respect and affordable funeral services for all.

“Family has always been the single most important word in our vocabulary.

It is what we are and it is who we serve.”


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