In 1999 Joseph H. Roy, a native of Housatonic who had been managing a funeral home in the Springfield area since 1979 relocated back to Housatonic to become a partner in the firm. Mr. Roy purchased the entire operation upon the retirement of Mr. Hickey in November of 2001. Upon his purchase of the funeral home, Mr. Roy changed the name to Birches-Roy Funeral Home in attempt to restore the familiar name of the funeral home as well as to honor the long tradition of the firm. Joe is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association (http://www.massfda.org/) and has been a past member of their Board of Directors.
Tim Roy is the newest Funeral Director at Birches-Roy Funeral Home and Joe’s son. After graduating from Hudson Valley Community College with Honors Tim was sworn in by the state board as a Funeral Director on April 1, 2014. Tim has been apprenticed at Birches-Roy since 2002 and lives in Housatonic since 2001. Tim also graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Westfield State University.