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Richard T. Saunders, 1967

In 1967 Richard T. Saunders broke ground on the Richard T. Saunders Funeral Home at 495 Park St. in New Bedford. This funeral home was a large spacious facility with ample off street parking centrally located in the West End of New Bedford. In 1985, Daniel F. Dwyer, a well-respected local funeral director, merged his funeral home with Richard's to create the Saunders-Dwyer Home For Funerals. In 1996, our new Mattapoisett facility was opened to better serve the needs of our expanding clientele.

Years later, two of Richard's sons joined the family owned and operated business as licensed funeral directors, Richard T. Saunders, Jr. in 1984 and William H. Saunders in 1990. Since the death of their father in 2008, Rick and Bill have continued to operate this family business in the same professional manner that their father had followed throughout the years. Together they lead an impressive team of funeral directors, embalmers, administrative staff, and funeral assistants, in order to provide excellence in funeral service to all of the families that they serve.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA Richard T. Saunders 1933-2008

Richard, the founder of our family owned funeral home, died on November 30, 2008. He received his Funeral Director's License in 1963. He was a graduate of Monsignor Coyle High School class of 1951, Boston College class of 1955, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science class of 1961. He is survived by his wife, Anne (Downey) Saunders, M.D.; his eight children, Rick, Marie, Andrew, Maureen, Ellen, Mike, Bill and Chris, and 17 grandchildren.

Richard T. Saunders, Jr.

Rick received his Funeral Director's License in 1984. He is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School class of 1978, Bridgewater State College class of 1982 and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences class of 1983. He is married to Kathleen (Kennedy) Saunders and resides in Dartmouth. They are the parents of three children Jim, Patrick, and Chris and the grandparents of three.

William H. Saunders

Bill received his Funeral Director's License in 1990. He is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School class of 1988, College of Boca Raton, Funeral Service Program, class of 1990, Lynn University, class of 1992. He is married to Myriol B. (Beauseigneur) Saunders and resides in Mattapoisett. They are the parents of two children, Will and Tim.

Richard T. Saunders Family

With a growing family and a growing business, our family now and in the future looks forward to assisting your family in the days and years to come.

"Our Family Serving Your Family"

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