History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
In 1933, John J. Halvey, our founder and Patrick’s grandfather, founded the Halvey Funeral Home in Beacon, NY. At a time when family memorial gatherings traditionally took place in the private home, the concept of a separate Funeral Home to conduct services was new. John took this concept and started a business. He had a strong connection to the local community and compassion and empathy for families at a difficult time was his hallmark.
In 1953, John demonstrated his commitment to the community by opening the Halvey Funeral Home at 24 Willow Street in Beacon. This renovated residence was the largest and newest funeral home in the city. The white building with signature green awning was in continuous service until 2017. John was a leader in the industry and successfully navigated a crowded competitive market that once had six funeral homes in the city.
In 1990, Peter T. Halvey assumed the leadership role upon John’s death. Peter oversaw the continued growth and success of the business during a turbulent time. Dramatic consolidation in the industry saw the closing of many funeral homes and national chains gobbled up many more which then became franchises. The Halvey commitment to the community remained a guiding principle and continues to guide the business.
Today, Patrick J. Halvey, at 31 years of age, is the president of the company after his father Peter retired in 2017. Patrick has overseen the dramatic re-branding of the company as Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey with the brand new larger, river view facility. Patrick demonstrated his commitment to the community by not succumbing to the pressure of merging into a large chain of funeral homes. He is leading the latest trends in the industry by moving to a modern, 100% handicap accessible, building that has the space and onsite parking to meet the needs of the contemporary client. Patrick is proud to be a third generation Beacon resident; living locally and participating in the community on a daily basis. The Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey is the sole remaining independent funeral home in the City of Beacon.