Our History

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For over ten generations, the Bryant family have dedicated themselves to their North Shore communities. Their deep commitment to their neighbors is one of service, professionalism and trust. 

(photo) The Edwin Melville Bryant Family: Edwin & Mildred Bryant and their sons-Robert, Harry, Melville & Arthur

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IN MEMORY OF THE PIOUS FAMILY 

An aerial photograph from circa the 1930s of the Pious Dairy Farm, the current site of Bryant Funeral Home Old Town Road is across the bottom and Norwood Avenue is on the left of the photograph. Colorization was commonly done to black and white photographs during this time period.

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Bryant Funeral Home Founder- Arthur Bryant, Sr.

Since he was a young boy growing up on a farm in East Setauket, Arthur W. Bryant wanted to serve his neighbors and community as a funeral director. None of Art's sons have ever been totally clear as to what or who inspired him to his calling in the funeral profession. However, his dream was delayed by World War II and his service to the country in Europe as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corp. At the end of the war, he returned to his community and married Martha V. Curtis of Port Jefferson. For the next 25 years, Art was side-tracked from his boyhood dream, but went onto own and operate three successful businesses, all based right in our town.

In the mid 1960s Art seized the opportunity to go back to school and get his New York State funeral director license. He worked in the field as part owner of another funeral home. In the early 1970s, Art and Mart Bryant decided that at the age of 55, instead of coasting into retirement, they would instead build the Bryant Funeral Home. This was the culmination of a lifetime dream, and since Art and Mart had always worked side by side in their prior businesses, this would be no different. One by one, their three sons went on to college and became funeral directors. What has followed since those early days is a true desire to serve the bereaved and help in any way to assist the families that we serve in the community to move beyond their grief and on to the road to recovery.

Seeing the Bryant family and staff serve families with respect and dignity is all part of Arthur Bryant's boyhood dream growing up in Setauket.


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