Our History

Family-owned Dolan Funeral Home and Cremation Services has served the Boston, Dorchester, Milton and surrounding South Shore communities since 1885.

The original Dolan Funeral Home was established over one-hundred and thirty years ago by James W. Dolan. Located in Boston’s “Fields Corner” neighborhood in Dorchester, the building was operated by Mr. Dolan until his death in 1935. In 1974, the funeral home property was donated to New England Medical Center for its North Dorchester Outpatient Clinic.

James W. Dolan
1861-1935

Frederick J. Dolan
1898-1979

Paul F. Dolan
1936-2018

James Dolan’s son, the late Frederick J. Dolan, was an engineering major and 1925 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the family business during Boston’s influenza outbreak in the 1930’s. In 1954, Fred purchased his uncle, Charles B. Dolan’s funeral service and property at 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester Lower Mills.

The Dorchester site is currently one of two locations for Dolan Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The Dorchester site dates from the earliest part of the 19th century. In 1968, Frederick Dolan purchased property on both sides of the building and expanded the funeral home to twice its original size- without altering the historic integrity of the central structure.

Frederick J. Dolan, who died in 1979, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Redberry Council, member of the board of the Massachusetts Cooperative Bank, and past president of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association.

In 1980, the funeral home, now led by W. Craig Dolan, son of Frederick, purchased property at 460 Granite Avenue in Milton, to provide a second facility serving the Milton, Quincy and South Shore communities.

In January 2010, the Dolan family purchased the assets of the John B. Molloy Funeral Home of Dorchester Lower Mills. In June of 2010 the Dolan family purchased the 5 Canton Avenue property of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home.

For decades, the two funeral homes were owned and operated by lifelong Milton residents, W. Craig Dolan, and his late brother, Paul F. Dolan. Both graduated from Boston College High School, Boston College, and the New England Institute for Funeral Service Education.  Two of Craig Dolan’s children, Frederick J. “Jed” and Courtney, have joined the firm as licensed funeral directors. Jed and Courtney, also lifelong Milton residents, are both graduates of Thayer Academy, Providence College and The New England Institute for Funeral Service Education.

The Dolan family has made a strong commitment to serving the communities of Boston, Dorchester, Milton, Quincy and the South Shore of Massachusetts. They are proud to maintain an independent, family-owned funeral home spanning four generations

Dolan Funeral Home and Cremation Services is a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association.