Our Staff

Dee Funeral Home and Cremation Service is a four-generation family owned and operated firm. Our staff is dedicated to the individual needs of each family who has honored us with their confidence and trust. It is our goal and mission to provide quality service to families in need and to give special care to their deceased loved ones.

Our services range from traditional to more alternative memorials. Whether simple needs or more detailed requests are required, either with cremation or earth burial, there are no limitations to what we can provide a family.

 

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CHARLES W. DEE, JR. President, Treasurer and Licensed Funeral Director

A lifelong Concord resident and fourth generation funeral director, Charlie began his career with the firm in 1979. After graduation from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1974, he received an A.S. in Funeral Service from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in Florida. Charles is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

 

 

He is currently a member and treasurer of the area Board of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (D.C.F.) which provides support to foster children, foster families & D.C.F. social workers. He has served the town on numerous committees including Concord’s 350th Birthday celebration, Public Ceremonies and Celebrations, Year 2000 celebration and on the Advisory Board for the Senior Project at Concord Carlisle Regional High School.

 

 

He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Concord Council on Aging where he authored a regular column on the subjects of interest to senior citizens in The Concord Journal. A former Concord-Carlisle High School athlete, he formerly served as a Coach and on the Board of Directors of Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball.  Charlie has been a long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities of New England Deaconess Association.

 

An amateur historian, he is a avid Concord tour guide and for many years has presented seminars featuring historical films taken in the Concord area from the 1930’s through 1960’s to the many business, social and service groups in the Concord area. These 16 mm movies of Concord’s past were originally filmed by his great grandfather, Joe Dee and his father, Charles Dee Sr. He resides in Concord with his wife, Dari and sons Blayne and Daniel.

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SUSAN M. DEE Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director

A fourth generation and Concord’s first female funeral director, Susan began employment in 1986. She received her funeral director’s license in 1988 following her graduation from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, where she was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. She later received an Associate in Science degree from Mt. Ida College in Newton Centre and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University in Cambridge.

 

She is active in both her high school and college alumni associations. She is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association, a longtime member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and Charter member of The Women’s Connection. She is a Director of the Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and served on the Celebration Committee in 2005 for the 150th anniversary of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

 

Susan is a fourth generation member of the Concord Rotary Club, the Harvard Club of Concord,  has served as a long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities of New England Deaconess Association and Corporator of Middlesex Savings Bank.  

 

A Concord-Carlisle High School graduate, Susan is married to Mark Johnson. She is the mother of two children, Pamela Jean Pickering and Matthew Charles Adams and grandmother of Tucker Gary Adams, Griffin Matthew Adams, Foster Clifford Adams, Emerson Isobel Adams, Paige Margaret Pickering and Leah Isobel Pickering.

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JOHN J. ARENA, III Licensed Funeral Director

A fourth generation Concord resident, John received his Type 6 funeral director and embalmer's license after successfully completing the National Board Examination for Funeral Service, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Examination for licensure in funeral directing and embalming, and serving as a licensed apprentice at the Dee Funeral Home.  

 

He graduated Cum Laude from Mount Ida College in Newton Centre where he was the recipient of the Dodge Award, presented to the graduating individual who demonstrated academic excellence, worthy character traits, and the promise of outstanding contributions to the funeral service profession.  

 

He is an active member of the Advisory Board for the Funeral Service Program at Mount Ida College, was inducted into Pi Sigma Eta, the National Honor Society for funeral service professionals, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.  As a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, he was recently selected to participate in the REAL Project Task Force along with twenty-one other Massachusetts funeral directors.  

 

Active in town affairs, John currently serves as Chairman of the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee and is an Associate Member of the Concord Independent Battery.  He is the great grandson of the late Natale Arena, Sr., founder of Arena Farms in Concord.

 

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CHARLES W. DEE, JR.

President, Treasurer and Licensed Funeral Director

A lifelong Concord resident and fourth generation funeral director, Charlie began his career with the firm in 1979. After graduation from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1974, he received an A.S. in Funeral Service from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in Florida. Charles is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

 

 

He is currently a member and treasurer of the area Board of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (D.C.F.) which provides support to foster children, foster families & D.C.F. social workers. He has served the town on numerous committees including Concord’s 350th Birthday celebration, Public Ceremonies and Celebrations, Year 2000 celebration and on the Advisory Board for the Senior Project at Concord Carlisle Regional High School.

 

 

He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Concord Council on Aging where he authored a regular column on the subjects of interest to senior citizens in The Concord Journal. A former Concord-Carlisle High School athlete, he formerly served as a Coach and on the Board of Directors of Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball.  Charlie has been a long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities of New England Deaconess Association.

 

An amateur historian, he is a avid Concord tour guide and for many years has presented seminars featuring historical films taken in the Concord area from the 1930’s through 1960’s to the many business, social and service groups in the Concord area. These 16 mm movies of Concord’s past were originally filmed by his great grandfather, Joe Dee and his father, Charles Dee Sr. He resides in Concord with his wife, Dari and sons Blayne and Daniel.

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SUSAN M. DEE

Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director

A fourth generation and Concord’s first female funeral director, Susan began employment in 1986. She received her funeral director’s license in 1988 following her graduation from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, where she was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. She later received an Associate in Science degree from Mt. Ida College in Newton Centre and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University in Cambridge.

 

She is active in both her high school and college alumni associations. She is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association, a longtime member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and Charter member of The Women’s Connection. She is a Director of the Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and served on the Celebration Committee in 2005 for the 150th anniversary of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

 

Susan is a fourth generation member of the Concord Rotary Club, the Harvard Club of Concord,  has served as a long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities of New England Deaconess Association and Corporator of Middlesex Savings Bank.  

 

A Concord-Carlisle High School graduate, Susan is married to Mark Johnson. She is the mother of two children, Pamela Jean Pickering and Matthew Charles Adams and grandmother of Tucker Gary Adams, Griffin Matthew Adams, Foster Clifford Adams, Emerson Isobel Adams, Paige Margaret Pickering and Leah Isobel Pickering.

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JOHN J. ARENA, III

Licensed Funeral Director

A fourth generation Concord resident, John received his Type 6 funeral director and embalmer's license after successfully completing the National Board Examination for Funeral Service, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Examination for licensure in funeral directing and embalming, and serving as a licensed apprentice at the Dee Funeral Home.  

 

He graduated Cum Laude from Mount Ida College in Newton Centre where he was the recipient of the Dodge Award, presented to the graduating individual who demonstrated academic excellence, worthy character traits, and the promise of outstanding contributions to the funeral service profession.  

 

He is an active member of the Advisory Board for the Funeral Service Program at Mount Ida College, was inducted into Pi Sigma Eta, the National Honor Society for funeral service professionals, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.  As a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, he was recently selected to participate in the REAL Project Task Force along with twenty-one other Massachusetts funeral directors.  

 

Active in town affairs, John currently serves as Chairman of the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee and is an Associate Member of the Concord Independent Battery.  He is the great grandson of the late Natale Arena, Sr., founder of Arena Farms in Concord.