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Greater Boston Funeral Home Guide 2017

Established in 1889 After 128 years of continued service, we are the oldest family run business in Melrose. We serve not only Melrose, but Boston and the surrounding communities as well. We provide the most personalized and meaningful services to meet the individual desires of families. Our warm and caring staff makes everyone feel like family. We are here to provide comfort and answers. We have very modern facilities at Gately Funeral Home. The building went through an entire renovation in 1994-1995 with additions, handicap accessibility, handicap bathrooms, and a beautiful entrance way with a lower and upper lobby. Our facilities consist of two viewing rooms to accommodate all types of funerals from very large crowds as well as an intimate viewing room with a fireplace for private funerals and smaller families that are not expecting a lot of people to attend. The decor is exquisite, with very bright and soft colors, beautiful tile bathrooms and entrance ways and centrally located in the heart of downtown Melrose. Our spacious entrance way allows people to enter the building, get out of the elements, hang up their coats and use the restrooms before paying their respects to the family. John W. Gately John W. Gately, the fourth generation of Gately Funeral Home, received his funeral director’s license in 1984 and ran the business with his grandmother Mary J. Gately and mother, Elinor T. Gately. For 13 years, he worked side by side with his mother running the funeral home, serving Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Saugus and Wakefield area families needing burial and cremation services. John W. Gately married Lorraine (McCarthy) Gately and they have 2 children: John H. Gately (fifth generation) and Melissa G. Gately. John and his family are continuing the legacy of the Gately Funeral Home and Gately Funeral Service Inc. John H. Gately John H. Gately, the fifth generation of Gately Funeral Home, received his funeral directors license in January 2015. John graduated from Melrose High School and from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. He has been apprenticed at the funeral home since 2007 and has had numerous years of experience working for the firm. He works side by side with his father John W. Gately and will continue the legacy of the Gately Funeral Home and Gately Funeral Service Inc., serving the families of Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Saugus and Wakefield area needing burial and cremation services. Funeral & Cremation Services There is no single proper funeral service. Its purpose is to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to consider the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. The living are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in planning the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone. Personalized Services At Gately Funeral Home, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends. Cremation and Funerals Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor requires a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Gately Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services, call 781-665-1949. Gately Funeral Home 79 W Foster St, Melrose, MA 02176 Ph: 781-665-1949 GatelyFuneralHome@comcast