Service was established in 1885 by Robert Toomey, who was in his early
years a furniture maker in West Springfield. Robert and his sister,
Nellie served West Springfield, Agawam and the surrounding communities
with dignity for nearly 50 years.
West Springfield Police Chief
John B. O'Brien, Sr.
In the 1960's
the funeral home was purchased by one of West Springfield's finest
sons, John B. O'Brien, Jr. or "Jack" as he was known by his friends.
It was at this time they changed the name to Toomey-O'Brien Funeral
Home. The O'Brien Family had a long and strong dedication to their
community. Jack O'Brien was assisted by his father, retired West
Springfield Police Chief, John B. O'Brien, Sr. and his father-in-Law
former 3 Term Selectman for the of Town of West Springfield, Walter
Cogans. Jack with his wife Norma and their entire family worked
together and the next few decades saw the largest growth in their
funeral home's history.
In 1994 the funeral
home was sold to their son Frank O'Brien. Since that time Frank and
his wife, Ellen (Leahy) O' Brien have served the families
together. They are the only licensed husband and wife funeral team in
This area has seen
many funeral homes being sold to national corporations over the past
10 - 15 years. We remain committed to family ownership and service.
Many things regarding the funeral industry have changed over the
years, but our families receive the same dedication and care given
by the Toomey Family over 100 years ago. We remain true to our
philosophy of "Our Family Serving Your Family."