On January 1, 1950, a tradition began...
A tradition of a family-owned and operated funeral home that
carried the principles of professionalism and dedication to service, that has characterized it for more than half a century. This dedication to service has been passed
for three generations.
In 1950, Samuel W. Brown and his wife Anne, established their funeral
in a two-family brick structure at 267 Centre St. in Nutley, New Jersey.
The building was purchased in 1949 from Mrs. Brown's uncle and aunt,
Ralph and Angelica Jannarone. The first floor apartment was renovated
to accommodate the funeral home, and the Browns moved to the second
floor. A new facade and office were added to the original building
In 1956, the one-family stucco residence on the west side of
the funeral home was purchased from Mary Vitolo. In 1959, the two
buildings were joined together. The entire first floor of the two
buildings was used for the funeral home, and two apartments were made on
the second floor.
Over the years there have been several alterations done to the interior
and exterior of the building. This created the appearance that the
funeral home was one building, and not two buildings joined
together. The interior was made more functional and spacious with
each improvement. Also, two residences were purchased and one was razed on
Brookline Avenue for parking.
In 1961 John F. Brown, son of Samuel W.
and Anne J. Brown, became licensed as a practitioner of mortuary
science, thus the name of the funeral home was changed to S.W. Brown
& Son Funeral Home. Upon John's graduation from Seton Hall
University in 1964, he joined the family business on a full time basis.
1974 John and his wife Jo-Ann, purchased the business and property from
Samuel Brown who had recently become a widower. In 1976 the
business was incorporated with John F. Brown becoming the funeral home manager.
1986, John purchased the Johnesee Nutley Home For Funerals from Everett
and Mary Jayne Johnesee who sold the property on Washington Ave. in
Nutley. The funeral business was relocated to 267
Centre Street and is now run as a dual operation with both corporations
using the same facility. John F. Brown is the manager of both
Peter Brown, the third generation, graduated from Xavier
University in 1989. After which he completed mortuary college and
was licensed in 1992.
There are also several other full time employees at the funeral home.
Samuel W. Brown passed away peacefully on July 27, 2008 in his apartment
above the funeral home.
We are not affiliated with any corporations that purchase and
operate a large number of funeral homes. We are a family business,
and that is how we operate. We treat all of our families as individuals,
not numbers. We will answer all of your calls * 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, 365 days a year.
It is within
this framework of an honored
tradition that we continue to serve our families. Past, present and
* Since the telephone rings
in our private homes, please limit calls to emergencies only between the
hours of 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
Please contact us at:
S.W. Brown & Son
Funeral Home, Inc
267 Centre Street
Nutley, NJ 07110
Samuel W. Brown, 95
Samuel W. Brown, of Nutley, died peacefully at home, on Sunday, July 27,
2008. Born in Newark, he lived in Belleville before moving to Nutley in
1938. A graduate of the New York School of Embalming and Restorative
Art, Sam was the founder of the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home on January
1, 1950. He was a past president and life member of the Nutley Lionís
Club, a life member of the Nutley Elks Lodge #1290, a member of the Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel Knights of Columbus Council #6195, a founding member
of the Columbus Civic Club of Nutley, a former member of the Nutley
Unico, the Holy Name Society and a former member of the Guard of Honor
at Holy Family Church. The son of the late Martha (Gilfillan) and John
F. Brown and the beloved husband of the late Anne (Jannarone) Brown, he
is survived by his son, John F. Brown and his wife Jo-Ann; his
grandchildren, Suzanne Brown and her husband Joseph Higgins and Peter M.
Brown and his wife Cindy and his great-grandsons, Tyler G. and Ian E.
Brown. Uncle to Lynn Corino, Peter and Glenn Jannarone and many
grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was also predeceased by his
sister, Helen Brown Jannarone.