Our Story

FRENCH  Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque's largest and oldest family-owned funeral and cremation service company, was founded by Chester T. French in 1907. Our tradition of caring for New Mexico families began  in downtown Albuquerque and continues today at our five FRENCH funeral homes, Best Friends pet cremation services,  Best Friends Forever pet cemetery, and the Cremation Society of NM.     Mr. French also founded Sunset Memorial Park, a non-profit 501c(13) cemetery.     

We are proud to be one of the few remaining locally-owned and operated funeral and cremation businesses serving this community.  The  FRENCH Family of Companies has four owners:

Chester French Stewart, Chairman Emeritus and grandson of Mr. French

D.F. "Duffy" Swan, Chairman 

Tom E. Antram, President and CEO 

Robert H. Stewart, grandson of Mr. French 


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