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 and Licensed Funeral Director

A lifelong Concord resident and fourth generation funeral director, Charlie began his career with the firm in 1979.

 

He is a 1974 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School where he lettered in Track and Field. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1978 and an Associate in Science degree from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston in 1979.

 

Charlie is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

 

He is currently serving as a member and treasurer of the Area Board of the Massachusetts Friends of Children & Families. This Board provides support to foster children, foster families & D.C.F. social workers.

 

He also enjoyed serving on the Advisory Board for the Senior Project at Concord Carlisle Regional High School, and on the Board of the Concord Council on Aging, where he authored a regular column in The Concord Journal on subjects of interest to senior citizens. 

 

Charlie has served the Town of Concord on numerous committees including Concord’s 350th Birthday celebration in 1985, Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, and Year 2000 Celebration Committee. 

 

He formerly served as a Coach and Director of Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball and Basketball.  

 

A long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities in Concord, he is also a Past Grand Knight of the former Concord Council #287 Knights of Columbus and a member of the Concord Lodge of Elks.

 

An amateur historian and Concord tour guide, he frequenly presents seminars featuring historical films taken in the Concord area from the 1930’s through 1960’s. These presentations have been enjoyed by many business, social and service groups as well as Concord-Carlisle Adult Education classes. The original 16 mm movies were filmed by his great grandfather, Joseph Dee Jr. 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.  Her graduating class presented her with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of being the "most caring, concerned, and giving person among peers, and so exemplifies those traits most important to the funeral service professional." 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.

 

A Concord-Carlisle High School graduate, 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.  

 

Susan resides in Concord with her husband, Mark Johnson. She is the mother of two children, Pamela and Matthew, and grandmother of Tucker, Griffin, Foster, Emerson, Paige, and Leah.

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JOHN J. ARENA, III Licensed Funeral Director john.arena@deefuneralhome.com

A fourth generation Concord resident and member of Concord's Arena Farms family, John has been affiliated with the Dee Funeral Home for over ten years. He served an apprenticeship and received his license as a Funeral Director and Embalmer after successfully completing the national and state board exams.

 

He graduated Cum Laude from Mount Ida College in Newton 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. 

 

Since 2017, John has served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and a former member of the Advisory Board for the Funeral Service and Embalming program at Mount Ida College.  He is a current member of the Advisory Board for North Shore Community College's funeral service program.  

 

John enjoys being active in the community and currently serves as Chairman of the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, who are responsible for several important town traditions and events including the Patriots' Day Parade, Honored Citizen Ceremony, Memorial Day Observations, and the Flag Retirement Ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on Veterans Day. He is also an associate member of the Concord Independent Battery.

 

 

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MATTHEW C. ADAMS IT Specialist and Administrator

Matthew C. Adams joined the staff of the Dee Funeral Home in 2018 after a 20 year career with Wellington Management Co. in Boston. He serves the firm as an Information Technology Specialist and as an Administrator in day-to-day operations.
 
He is a 1991 graduate of Maynard High School and a 1995 graduate of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Arts.
 
An avid long distance runner, he recently completed his first Boston Marathon on Patriots Day in 2019. He is a member of the Wicked Running Club in Salem. He has also competed eleven other marathons as well as numerous road and trail races over the past decade.
 
Matt lives in Beverly with his wife Stacy and their four children, Tucker, Griffin, Foster and Emerson. He is active in youth sports in Beverly serving as a soccer and baseball coach.

CHARLES W. DEE, JR.

President and Licensed Funeral Director
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A lifelong Concord resident and fourth generation funeral director, Charlie began his career with the firm in 1979.

 

He is a 1974 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School where he lettered in Track and Field. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1978 and an Associate in Science degree from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston in 1979.

 

Charlie is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

 

He is currently serving as a member and treasurer of the Area Board of the Massachusetts Friends of Children & Families. This Board provides support to foster children, foster families & D.C.F. social workers.

 

He also enjoyed serving on the Advisory Board for the Senior Project at Concord Carlisle Regional High School, and on the Board of the Concord Council on Aging, where he authored a regular column in The Concord Journal on subjects of interest to senior citizens. 

 

Charlie has served the Town of Concord on numerous committees including Concord’s 350th Birthday celebration in 1985, Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, and Year 2000 Celebration Committee. 

 

He formerly served as a Coach and Director of Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball and Basketball.  

 

A long time Corporator of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities in Concord, he is also a Past Grand Knight of the former Concord Council #287 Knights of Columbus and a member of the Concord Lodge of Elks.

 

An amateur historian and Concord tour guide, he frequenly presents seminars featuring historical films taken in the Concord area from the 1930’s through 1960’s. These presentations have been enjoyed by many business, social and service groups as well as Concord-Carlisle Adult Education classes. The original 16 mm movies were filmed by his great grandfather, Joseph Dee Jr. and his father, Charles Dee Sr.

 

He resides in Concord with his wife, Dari and sons, Blayne and Daniel.

SUSAN M. DEE

Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director
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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.  Her graduating class presented her with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of being the "most caring, concerned, and giving person among peers, and so exemplifies those traits most important to the funeral service professional." 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.

 

A Concord-Carlisle High School graduate, 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.  

 

Susan resides in Concord with her husband, Mark Johnson. She is the mother of two children, Pamela and Matthew, and grandmother of Tucker, Griffin, Foster, Emerson, Paige, and Leah.

JOHN J. ARENA, III

Licensed Funeral Director
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A fourth generation Concord resident and member of Concord's Arena Farms family, John has been affiliated with the Dee Funeral Home for over ten years. He served an apprenticeship and received his license as a Funeral Director and Embalmer after successfully completing the national and state board exams.

 

He graduated Cum Laude from Mount Ida College in Newton 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. 

 

Since 2017, John has served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and a former member of the Advisory Board for the Funeral Service and Embalming program at Mount Ida College.  He is a current member of the Advisory Board for North Shore Community College's funeral service program.  

 

John enjoys being active in the community and currently serves as Chairman of the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee, who are responsible for several important town traditions and events including the Patriots' Day Parade, Honored Citizen Ceremony, Memorial Day Observations, and the Flag Retirement Ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on Veterans Day. He is also an associate member of the Concord Independent Battery.

 

 

MATTHEW C. ADAMS

IT Specialist and Administrator
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Matthew C. Adams joined the staff of the Dee Funeral Home in 2018 after a 20 year career with Wellington Management Co. in Boston. He serves the firm as an Information Technology Specialist and as an Administrator in day-to-day operations.
 
He is a 1991 graduate of Maynard High School and a 1995 graduate of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Arts.
 
An avid long distance runner, he recently completed his first Boston Marathon on Patriots Day in 2019. He is a member of the Wicked Running Club in Salem. He has also competed eleven other marathons as well as numerous road and trail races over the past decade.
 
Matt lives in Beverly with his wife Stacy and their four children, Tucker, Griffin, Foster and Emerson. He is active in youth sports in Beverly serving as a soccer and baseball coach.