Wednesday, April 25, 2012

365 Days of Danvers: 32

C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors
Elm Street, Danvers MA

In 1925, Clarence R. Lyons Sr. opened a store-front funeral parlor on North Street in Salem. Within the next few years, he was able to move from that location to one in the former Perley Building in Danvers Square (where CVS and Minuteman Press are currently located). The store-front moved again in those first few years, this time just across the Square onto High Street. Realizing that more people wanted wakes to occur in a funeral home and not in private residences, Clarence Lyons purchased the former home of Dr. Buck in the mid-1930s and established a funeral home. During the next few years, his sons, Bill, Junie, and Al joined him in the running of the funeral home.

After Clarence's sudden death in 1952, his three sons saw the funeral home through the next forty years. They made significant improvements to the home and were active in the community.

In the late 1960s, Junie's son, Kevin Lyons, joined the funeral home and worked along side his father and uncles until their deaths in the 1990s. Kevin has been joined by his daughter, Amanda Lyons Brinkley, and son, C.R. Lyons III, in operating the funeral home. Together, they continue assisting the families they serve in the tradition that Clarence R. Lyons Sr. began eighty years ago

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