Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Manager & Lead Funeral Director
Chris is a lifelong resident of the Valley. He was born in Northampton and has resided in Florence since 1998 with his wife, Pamela L. Powers (Northampton City Clerk) They have three children; Siobhan Grace, Eamonn Mark and Kavan Reid Powers. He began his career in Funeral Service in South Deerfield in 1982. In 1988 he received his degree in Mortuary Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He has been licensed since 1988. In 2017, Chris was invited to partner and manage both Ratell & Tylunas Funeral Homes to provide experienced and dignified services to their families. Chris assumed the role of Manager and Lead Funeral Director with Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton in 2023. Chris is looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing unparalleled service and dignity with these three Funeral Homes, who have a combined history of over 250 years serving families in Northampton, Chicopee, Springfield, and the Pioneer Valley.
Chris has served as a former Disaster Mortuary team member, Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Past President and longtime member of the Northampton St. Patrick's Association, Florence Civic & Business Association, Florence Holiday Lighting Committee, Florence Parade Committee,South Deerfield Polish American Citizens Club and is a community volunteer. He is an avid sports enthusiast and lifelong (dedicated) New England Sports Fan. Chris looks forward to a new era of Funeral Service, establishing relationships with families and continuing the quality care of the families he's served in the past.
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager
Traeci has lived in Western Mass her whole life, and currently lives in Hamden County with her husband. After leaving the corporate world, she was able to be home to raise her two daughters, while doing transcription for the local colleges and universities. She was excited to get back into the work field, and even more excited to be able to do it at Ahearn Funeral Home.Traeci is our valued Office manager and family support liaison.
Mrs. Emily C. Pontbriant
Emily is a 2017 graduate of the Commonwealth institute of funeral service in Houston Texas attaining her associates degree in mortuary science. She started her career with Ahearn Funeral Home in 2023. Emily is a first generation funeral director and entered the business to help families through one of the most personal times in their life. She loves to travel and her favorite place to go is Disney world. She is a member of the Leed School PTO and the Florence Civic & Business Association. Emily resides in Northampton with her husband Chris, daughter Olivia and kinda cranky cat Binx.
Mr. Robert J. Driscoll
Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director
Bob is a lifelong Northampton resident. He has worked at the Ahearn Funeral home since 2002, starting as a part time employee. He is a graduate of Westfield State University. After teaching middle school in the area for many years, he decided on a career change. He has been a licensed apprenticed Funeral director since 2023. He is currently enrolled in a mortuary science program in Troy, New York. Bob lives in Florence and is a member of the Northampton St. Patrick's Association and Northampton Country Club. Bob has researched genealogy for many years for a plethora of Northampton residents. He looks forward to continuing to serve the people of Florence, Leeds, Northampton and the surrounding area for many years to come.
Michael T. Ahearn
Founder - In loving Memory 1965-2021