Biography of F. Emmett Dwyer
F. EMMETT DWYER, progressive and outstanding professional man of Pittsfield, and one who has gained general recognition in the work of undertaking and funeral directing, in which for the past six years and more he has been active, stands at the head of a long established business, of which his father was the founder. Mr. Dwyer has demonstrated his large natural ability, and in his forward looking spirit the people feel that he is giving to his work sincere and devoted attention. Mr. Dwyer is a native of Chatham, New York, a son of Simon P. and Katherine (McNamee) Dwyer.
F. Emmett Dwyer was born in Chatham, New York, September 8, 1898. His education was received in the local institutions, and he is a graduate of Pittsfield, High School, class of 1917. Early choosing as his life work the interests in which his father was active, Mr. Dwyer assisted his father during his leisure time while still in high school, then made special preparations for activity in the same realm, entering the Boston School of Embalming. The death of Simon P. Dwyer closed a life of eminent usefulness at a comparatively early age on January 31, 1919, and since that date F. Emmett Dwyer has been at the head. This interest was founded by Simon P. Dwyer in 1904, and he conducted it along the most approved and progressive lines, his natural ability having been combined with a deep appreciation of the responsibilities of his work In the progress of the enterprise since it was taken over by the younger man it has continued to meets the needs of the people with the same efficiency and worthy spirit. In 1919 Mr. Dwyer secured his present commodious and richly furnished quarters, remodeling the building to meet the requirements of his profession, and personally choosing and overseeing the decorations and furnishing. He has fine display rooms, and the usual departments including a morgue. His motor equipment for funeral corteges is acknowledged among the finest in this part of the State, and Mr. Dwyer receives the patronage of many of the foremost families. He is a member of the Massachusetts Undertakers’ Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Total Abstinence Society, the Foresters of America, the Kiwanis Club, the Berkshire Auto Club, and the Holy Name Society. He attends St. Charles Roman Catholic Church.