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Henry A. Weir was a man who took a great deal of pride in his work. When his father, a colonel in the Union Army, was killed in a Civil War, Henry was apprenticed to a carpenter and cabinetmaker in his hometown of Woburn, MA. As the industrial revolution drew more people into factory work, Henry resisted this trend and turned his craft in to a career. At the age of 36, he moved to Malden with a kit of cabinet making tools and a dream. He opened a small store on Irving Street, then known as "Undertaker's Lane", near the end of the 19th century. His business grew and in 1925 he moved to 533 Main Street.    

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Salem Street 1917

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Dr. H.A. Down's Residence

    At about this time he was joined by his son-in-law, Colin H. Dennis, and they worked side by side until Henry's death in 1935. Colin then purchased Dr. H. A. Downs residence at 144 Salem Street, with a new concept in Mind.-To provide a funeral home with rooms for the public to come and pay their respects. The Salem Street funeral home grew to become the area's largest.
Colin and his wife Dorothy were active in the community as well as in their business. Following Colin's death in 1967, Dorothy operated Weir Funeral Home until February, 1968, when Donald E. MacCuish formed a corporation and purchased the funeral home.

Tragedy struck on May 19, 1975, when a fire started in the building. The first alarm sounded at 5:21AM, but fireman could do little more than contain the blaze. Donald took what could have been the end, and turned it into a new beginning. The building was razed in October, and construction began immediately on the new building, the fourth building in our firm's history. This building is the first of its kind in the area, a modern, spacious, efficient Funeral Home, with a large parking area surrounding the building.

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Current Facilities

Throughout the years, Weir Funeral Home has changed its locations and buildings and has adopted new ways of serving. But the founding ideal of Henry Weir remains the same: to help families with the sincerity, sympathy, and understanding of friends.

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