The Ginley Funeral Home was established in 1931 by the late James H. Ginley from his family’s home on West Street in Walpole. With most families being cared for by Norwood funeral homes, he saw a need from his friends and neighbor’s to have their funeral arrangements taken care of by someone in Walpole. During that time the majority of wakes were held in the deceased homes with Mr. Ginley setting things up. When a family’s home was too small, he would have the wakes in the living room of the Ginley home on West Street. Upon returning home after serving in the United States Army during WWII, Mr. Ginley purchased the former parsonage of the United Church in Walpole at 892 Main Street where the funeral home has remained since.
In 1963, James H. Ginley died at the age of 53. His widow, Margaret, being faced with supporting her two young children, James and Mary Ellen, gave up being a homemaker and attended the New England Institute and ultimately became a funeral director, herself. The combination of being a registered nurse with a deep desire to care for people and with what she had learned from her late husband, made her a compassionate, thoughtful and understanding funeral director.
In 1972, her son, James P. Ginley graduated from the New England Institute and became a licensed funeral director just as his parents dreamed. He has owned and operated the Ginley Funeral Home in Walpole ever since. The goal of the Ginley family was and is to love, care for and be a good neighbor. Success has never been a matter of financial gain but the desire to do something good for others.
Over the past 75 years, the Ginley family hasn’t forgotten the simple idea that honestly and compassionately helping the families of Walpole has let them prosper and it was and is in serving these families that has allowed them to make an honest living. In these times of change, we thank the people of Walpole for their support over the past 75 years. The Ginley Funeral Home is still owned by the Ginley family and it offers all the latest in funeral care and preplanning. We have been and will continue to be here in Walpole for those in need of our caring services for many years to come.