Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
McHoul Family Funeral Home was founded in 1950 by Alexander McHoul. During the decades of service to the Dorchester community, the staff of McHoul Family Funeral Home has refined the meaning of excellence in service.
“Not only do we provide our families with the best possible personal service, the highest quality of merchandise, and the most innovative of memorialization technologies – video tributes, memorial web sites, beautiful personalized print keepsakes, and webcasting – we do it all affordably.”
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Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Ryan K. O'Hanlon
Licensed Funeral Director and Owner of McHoul Family Funeral Home
Ryan grew up in Tipton, Oklahoma and graduated from Tipton High School in 1997. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2001. In 2002, he graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Funeral Service.
Ryan then moved to North Attleborough where he married the former Ms. Jamie McHoul and joined the family business. Ryan became a licensed funeral director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2002. He worked alongside his family at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, North Attleboro and the McHoul Funeral Home in Dorchester.
In 2008, he purchased the McHoul Family Funeral Home in Dorchester and continues to uphold the funeral homes excellent reputation. Ryan is a member of the Fields Corner Main Street and the Dorchester Board of Trade. He and his wife, Jamie have five daughters, Grace Elizabeth, Faith Abigail, Noelle Kennedy, Scarlett Mercy and Finnley Paige.
Tom L. James
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer and Managing Director of McHoul Family Funeral Home
Tom grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting, he then earned his professional degree from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Funeral Service. He is currently completing his dual Masters Program.
Tom is currently a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, his clinical expertise is in Advanced Restorative Arts and Trauma Reconstruction. Tom is a skilled practitioner not only in basic embalming, but he is specialized in areas such as traumatic and accident fatalities, autopsy, and organ donation embalming's. Not only embalming for his funeral homes, but embalms and consults to numerous funeral homes in the greater Boston and South Shore area aiding in hundreds of embalming’s each year. Tom also serves as an advisor to mortuary students and apprentices around Massachusetts seeking to enter the Funeral Industry.
Tom currently serves as the Managing Director of McHoul Family Funeral Home, in which he overseas the location's operations, staff, and community relations. Tom loves to support the growing community around Dorchester. Tom's Funeral expertise is in Catholic, Hindu, & Buddhist Funeral Practices; as well as serving as an expert in Vietnamese Funeral practices and traditions within the community of Dorchester, and surrounding Boston areas.
In his spare time Tom can be found exploring the local Dorchester Breweries, enjoying the wide variety of cultures and cuisines Boston has to offer, making relationships within the community, supporting local projects, volunteering at public service events, spending time with his family, hiking around the Blue Hills, and investing in real estate projects with his husband Tyler (USN Ret.)