Rice Funeral Home was established in
1940 by Roger A. Rice (1903 – 1964), who left a position at Norton Company to
venture onto his own in business.He
graduated from the New England Institute in Boston in 1939, and began the
funeral home at its current location at 300 Park Avenue in Worcester.
In 1948, his son Arthur F. Rice
(1926 – 2001) graduated from New England Institute and joined his father in the
funeral home.Arthur served in the U.S.
Army in Japan after World War II.He was
also called back to serve during the Korean War, then he spent almost 50 more
years working in the funeral home, along with his wife Pauline.Funeral service was a true vocation for him.
Arthur and Pauline’s son Roger
graduated from New England Institute in 1985 and has been involved with the
funeral home for over 30 years.Their
daughter Celeste Rice Kimball graduated from FINE Mortuary College in 2002 and
is now the full-time director at Rice Funeral Home.Her compassion for families in their time of
need and dedication to her profession help to continue the family tradition
into its third generation.
Roger's motto in life and in funeral service was
to live by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you." It is this motto that guides Rice Funeral Home in our continued
commitment to treat each family we serve with respect and dignity.