Our History ...
The Tewksbury Funeral Home was founded in 1957 by Walter and Gloria (Roux) Deputat. The name was chosen specifically to reflect their commitment to serve any ethnic, religious, or cultural segments within the town and our neighboring communities.
The idea of serving the community through funeral service was conceived during WWII. As a B-17 and B-24 Bombardier, Walter, who would earn a Distinguished Flying Cross, passed non-flight time discussing the many aspects of funeral service with a fellow aviator, who was raised in a family dedicated to funeral service. Walter liked the idea of a career that could make a difference in his community and help his fellow man. At the close of WWII, with the support and backing of his newlywed wife, Gloria, and while working two jobs to support his fledgling family, he attended N.E.I. for Funeral Service in Boston. Through the "G.I. Bill" he was able to pay for his education and purchase the "Marshall House" on Main Street. After years of renovation and several additions, they transformed the "Marshall House," single family residence, into the town's finest funeral establishment. So began the distinguished career of this humble couple, first generation Americans.
The family struggled during the first eight years in funeral service, and it was only in 1966 that the family business turned its first financially profitable year. Operating in a town with a firm that had been founded in the 19th century, the growth and success of the Tewksbury Funeral Home was slow but steady. The commitment to innovation, change, and improvement was the driving force during this growth period. The family's spirit of public service through many fraternal and social activities helped create many lifelong and loyal friendships.
Walter's sense of community is readily apparent when you look at his efforts to charter the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, and the Tewksbury Lions Club. He remains as one of the few remaining charter members of both of these fine charitable institutions. Walter was honored by the Tewksbury Lions Club with a Melvin Jones Fellowship through Lions International. Walter's many civic affiliations also include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the former Tewksbury Veteran's Association, as well as numerous national and state professional organizations. Walter and Gloria's heirs continue in this tradition, serving as officers in both the Tewksbury Lion and Tewksbury Rotary Clubs.
However, Walter and Gloria's commitment to contain costs to allow reasonable and fair prices was considered the touchstone of their success. This commitment to fair prices has been the cornerstone and guiding principle for more than 55 years.
In 1976, Walter and Gloria invited their youngest son, Joel, to join them as the second generation in funeral service. After receiving a BSBA in Accounting, and completing a program at N.E.I., Joel received his licenses in funeral service in 1978. Joel purchased the family business from his parents in 1984. The years of apprenticeship training under the tutelage of a caring father, made the father to son transition seamless and transparent. The same standard of excellence and commitment to the community had been successfully passed to the second generation.