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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

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Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Our firm has been the focus of four generations of the McVeigh family. When William C. McVeigh passed his licensing exam in 1901, he came to work alongside then current owners of the John Harrigan General Furnishing Undertakers, Harvey, Daniel and Joseph Harrigan. It was a long-established firm that was in charge in August of 1885 when the body  of America’s 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant was brought to the State Capital and streets of Albany for funeral services.

When the last of the Harrigan’s passed away in 1938, McVeigh changed the name of the establishment to reflect the new ownership, and moved the business to 208 North Allen Street, off Central Ave. He was not at the helm long, as he too passed away; in 1947, his son, William J. McVeigh succeeded to operate the family firm. This marked the second generation.

Some 11 years later, he was joined by a representative of the third generation, his son William E. McVeigh. They operated the business together, overseeing two major expansions of the facilities and growing their reputation of dedicated, sincere, and family’s- first service to the population of the Albany area.

The decade of the 1980’s brought more changes; both in the staff and facilities. William E. McVeigh was proud to bring his daughters, Kristin and Laurel into the firm as licensed funeral directors. These two new members represent the fourth generation of the McVeigh family to carry on the family tradition of providing funeral services to the good people of the Albany area. And later on, Kristin’s husband, David A. Parente joined the firm as a licensed funeral director. Under the watchful eye of the McVeigh family, the funeral home continues to steadfastly serve the community, drawing upon generations of funeral experience, and always guided by the steady hand of the funeral home’s rich and abiding history. .

“The hallmark of our firm has been growth; but in and of itself that is not remarkable. What is worthy of comment is that we have managed this tremendous growth over the span of 150 years without losing sight of our firm’s foundations of professionalism and personal service. We have remained independent, and completely committed to serving our community.” ~ William E. McVeigh

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Kristin McVeigh-Parente

Kristin McVeigh-Parente

President
David  Parente

David Parente

Vice President & Funeral Director
William E. McVeigh

William E. McVeigh

Funeral Director
Brian  Garney

Brian Garney

Funeral Director
Dawn M. Pierce

Dawn M. Pierce

Terry  Ulion-Funeral Assistant

Terry Ulion-Funeral Assistant

Ed  Prince-Funeral Assistant

Ed Prince-Funeral Assistant

Philip  Foust-Funeral Assistant

Philip Foust-Funeral Assistant

Bill  Miles-Funeral Assistant

Bill Miles-Funeral Assistant

Vincent J. Perry-Funeral Assistant

Vincent J. Perry-Funeral Assistant

Sarah Quackenbush

Sarah Quackenbush

Office Manager
Edward Galka

Edward Galka

Funeral Director
Gary Ahl

Gary Ahl

Funeral Assistant
Gerry Forenzo

Gerry Forenzo

Funeral Assistant

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