McElvarr Funeral Homes, Inc.
1415-17 E. Susquehanna Ave
| Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel: 1-215-739-1473
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Hubert M. McBride Funeral Home
2357 E Cumberland Street
| Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel: 1-215-426-8989

A letter to our Valued Clients, who are like family to us:

We would like to address our limitations and position as it pertains to this current crisis, the pandemic COVID-19.

Under the definition stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, funeral homes are considered essential personnel. Thankfully, we are still able be here for you if the need arises. In the words of funeral director, Thomas Lynch, “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and living where they need to be.” This is our intent, in spite of these uncertain conditions. We are still able to ensure that a private burial or cremation is carried out with care. We can still get our loved ones where they need to go. Our priority now is keeping the family left behind safe, along with ourselves, clergy, and our own families at home. Home for us includes those of our staff who reside in the funeral homes.

The Pennsylvania Funeral Director’s Association have established the following guidelines. “Funerals or anything connected to them must be limited to ten people or less and arrangements should be done by phone, fax, email, skype, or Facetime where possible". These steps are necessary to help reduce the severity and spread of the virus among humans. This is also in accordance with the “stay at home” order that has been issued by Philadelphia County and the surrounding areas.

We understand how this will make an already difficult situation even more unbearable but please know that we are committed to being there for you every step of the way to ensure that your loved one is honored in the most beautiful way. We are here 24/7 for your questions and to assist you if the need arises. We are offering private funerals in our funeral home and also direct burial or direct cremation. Once things return to normal, we will be here to assist you in arranging the proper memorialization for your loved one. We are dealing with uncharted territory and things are changing quickly. We will continue to keep you updated as things progress. We appreciate you, we love you, and our hopes are that this pandemic will resolve in the near future if we all do our part

All Obituaries

By last name: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

John Donnelly Bridesburg

John J. Donnelly passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2020, at the age of 77. He is the beloved husband of Vicki L. Donnelly (nee DiPasquale). Devoted father of Christian Donnelly (Lori) and...

Nicholas Troxell Fishtown

Nicholas C. Troxell passed away tragically on March 30, 2020 at the age of 41. He is the beloved son of Deborah Parsons. Devoted Dad of Nichaela “Kayla” (Michael), Nicholas “Lil...

James D.B. Weiss, Jr. Fishtown

Jim was born in Philadelphia to the late James D.B. Weiss, Sr. and Elizabeth Townsend Weiss.  He passed away on Monday at Bala Nursing Center.  Known as Mr. Fishtown, Jim was well...

Catherine Griffis Northeast Philadelphia

Catherine Griffis (Hillenbrand) of the Burholme section of Northeast Philadelphia passed away on March 24th at the age of 64.  Known as Cathy/Cass/Cassyann, she loved crossword puzzles,...

John R. Meyer Fishtown/Cape May Courthouse

John was born in Philadelphia to the late Alexander and Emily Pish Meyer.  He passed away Tuesday surrounded by his loving family. He had been  a member of Immaculate Conception...

Gerard B. Clark Rhawnhurst

Jerry was born in Philadelphia to the late Daniel and Kathleen Dempsey Clark.  He was born and raised in St. Veronica's Parish. He passed away unexpectedly at his home on St....

Anne Townsend Northeast Philadelphia

Anne Marie Townsend (nee Longbottom) passed away suddenly on March 21, 2020, at the age of 52. She is the beloved wife of Walter "Sam". Devoted mother of Tiffany, Stacey, and the late...

Bernadette Taylor Port Richmond

Bernadette C. Taylor passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is the devoted mother of Christopher, John (Tina), and Brian (Denise). Loving...

John "Jackie" Hagan Jr. Philadelphia PA

John J. Hagan Jr. "Jackie" passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020 in Samaritan Hospice Voorhees, NJ, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. Beloved...

SGT Jason Thomas Anchorage, Alaska

SGT Jason Alexander Thomas passed away suddenly on March 7, 2020. Formerly of Philadelphia, SGT Thomas was currently stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the beloved son of Raymond and...
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