Our History & Staff
They say life is full of second chances but not when it comes to arranging funerals. It is our passion to honor and help tell the story of your loved one in the serene environment of our beautifully appointed home. We vow to provide a unique experience for both you and your loved one.
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Clive J. Anderson
Clive J. Anderson, an Irish native from Co Cork and the new owner of Pelham Funeral Home, has been a funeral director and embalmer for over fifteen years. His calling came at the age of fifteen when he buried his own father. For Clive, funeral service is not a “job,” but merely a calling to serve others in their time of need.
Clive was born and raised in Ireland. The eldest of four, he grew up on a farm where his intense work ethic was instilled at an early age, and farm life provided daily exposure to the cycle of life. Shortly before his twelfth birthday, his dad was diagnosed with cancer. The loss of his father had a profound affect propelling him into a lifelong career as a funeral director and embalmer. Unfortunately Clive’s story is not an uncommon one, but he says the experience drives him to give comfort and serve families in their time of need.
Clive began his career at the prominent Jerh O’ Connor & Sons Funeral Home in Co. Cork before immigrating to the United States and spending many years as a funeral service consultant for Matthews International. On February 7, 2014, his dream came to pass when he purchased the Pelham Funeral Home from the children of its founder, James Flood, who opened the Pelham institution in 1946.
The recipient of several awards, Clive was recently recognized by the Irish Echo “40 under 40” for his contributions to the Irish community and was also an aide to the Grand-Marshal of the Irish Business Organization on St Patrick’s Day.
Clive earned a degree from the New England Institute of Funeral Service in 2004. In addition to his role as proprietor, he currently sits on many boards and is a member of the New York Athletic Club.
Clive resides in Pelham and in Woodlawn.
Director of Administration
New to the Funeral profession, Joan comes to Pelham Funeral Home from a business background in the field of Human Resources. Joan has worked for several Fortune 500 companies managing Relocation and Expatriate Services for families globally.
Raised and educated in Manhattan, Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Speech Communications from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY in 1985.
Joan was recognized by the Employee Relocation Council as one of their “Who’s Who” in Relocation. She has been a guest speaker in her industry and was recognized with several service awards.
Above all, Joan’s local volunteerism is of greatest reward for her. She has worked on many Pelham Parent Teacher Association committees and has been President on both the elementary and middle school levels. She has been a member of the Pelham Schools Site-based Council and Parent Teacher Association Council and the Iona Prep Mother’s Auxiliary, as well as a member on several local boards. Joan has enjoyed teaching Religious Education classes to local children for 13 years.
It is Joan’s healing nature and kind personality that helps families through the difficult time of loss that makes her a perfect addition to Pelham Funeral Home’s team. Joan resides in Pelham with her husband, Paul, and their two children.
A respected educator in the Pelham/New Rochelle community for more than 25 years, Irene brings a keen sensitivity to the needs of families and an extensive knowledge of the community to her position at the Pelham Funeral Home. She began her career as a Teacher in the New York City Public system in the Bronx. As a teacher, Irene learned how to listen to children and their families and to anticipate their needs. She brought these skills with her to Pelham where, for several years, she successfully ran a local nursery school. As a Nursery School Director, she guided many families through important decision-making and earned the respect of the school community.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Irene earned her Masters degree in Special Education from Fordham University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lehman College. In addition, she did extensive coursework in the field of Administration and Supervision.
While raising her children and working, Irene spent many hours volunteering on various committees. She was a member of the Parent School Association at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Pelham as well as a Tiger Cub Boy Scout leader for both of her sons. Irene has also volunteered on fundraising committees at her local parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, serving as a Co-Chair for their annual Christmas Boutique. She is also an active member of a number of education societies and attends workshops in the field.
Irene currently resides in New Rochelle and is the mother of two adult sons.
History of Pelham Funeral Home
July 15, 1935 marked the day E. James Flood received his state licenses as an embalmer and funeral director after graduating from the New York School of Embalming and Restorative Art, NYC.
In 1946 Mr. Flood founded Pelham Funeral Home with his partner Nunzio Albero after purchasing and converting a home into the new business.
In 1971, Pelham Funeral Home, Inc. expanded to include a modern show room where families can choose a casket and other items for their loved ones who have passed.
Mr. Flood was the longest licensed undertaker and embalmer in New York state and was considered to be a legend in his profession until his passing in 2002. Over the years, he also formed a Trade Service with more than 25 funeral home accounts performing removals, embalming, restorative art, cosmetology, arrangements, and directing. The service included two full time embalmers, fully equipped removal cars, and CB radios. Mr. Flood also expanded this service to out-of-state funeral homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Mr. Flood also co-founded the Westchester Funeral Directors Association. Clive's lifelong dream of owning a funeral home came to fruition in February of 2014.
Pelham Funeral Home's Success Story
Read the Funeral Business Advisor featured article about Clive Anderson's success story.