Frank J. Barone Funeral Home, in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, has been an important fixture in the Caribbean community for more than 50 years.
“We were the first funeral home to service the Caribbean community,” said manager Chris Doria, at the funeral home’s location, 4502 Ave. D, in a Caribbean Life interview.
“Through the years, we have helped many churches and organizations with donations,” he added. “We also support our neighborhood with summer events, block parties, Christmas fairs, health fairs, back-to-school events, shows and youth organizations.
“A lot of our clients know us on a first name basis,” Doria continued. “Remember, 50 years is a long time, and we plan to be here for 50 more.”
He said the funeral home provides a “large variety of services” to families of the deceased, including burial, cremation and “shipping of loved ones back home, if desired.
“Our professional and compassionate staff is qualified to help our families through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life,” he said.
In addition, Doria said his funeral home offers “affordable pricing for all, and can offer any family a dignified service on any budget, as well as domestic and international shipping for your loved ones, and help with filing of insurance benefits.
“For a peace of mind, we also offer pre-need arrangements to ensure that your final wishes are carried out,” he said.
At Frank J. Barone Funeral Home, Doria said families have three chapels to choose from, with seating for 70-250 people.
He said the funeral home is the only one in Brooklyn that offers a “completely private chapel and facility that can accommodate 250 people.”
Doria said all chapels are equipped with DVD players and flat screen TV monitors for memorial viewing.
He said the showroom has more than 35 caskets, as well as urns, on display, and a “full line of clothing for both men and woman” and “an assortment of flowers.”
“We have become a strong part of the community and have a familiarity with our families and neighbors,” he said.
As part of the Avenue D Merchants Association and the 67th Police Precinct Community Affairs Committee, Doria said the funeral home is “involved in the community” beyond compare.
“Someone should choose us because of our history,” he said. “We’ve been here for 50 years, so we got to be doing something right.
“Our experience and history in the community should put us above the rest,” he added. “We’re well known and well trusted in the community.”