After recently marking its 100th anniversary as a family owned business, Codey Funeral Home has relocated from Orange to Caldwell, operating out of and sharing resources with .
State Sen. Richard J. Codey, manager of Codey Funeral Home, told Patch after closing the Orange location he chose Dancy because he "wanted to go close to families we have been serving for 100 years."
Codey, a Roseland resident who represents the third generation in the Codey Funeral Home, said it is not "uncommon" for two or more funeral homes to operate out of the same location.
However, after Codey placed an ad in the local community newspaper announcing his new location, Dancy Funeral Home received numerous calls asking if they had sold their business to Codey, prompting a subsequent advertisement from Dancy informing residents about their continued commitment to service in the community.
"We are not going anywhere," said Garrett Jones, the manager for Dancy. "Matt Dancy is still the owner," Jones added, "and we are here to help people get through a tough time."
Jones explained when Matt Dancy learned Codey needed a new location, he offered to share his location in order for Codey to continue to serve families he had helped in the past. "People don't like change," Jones noted.
So far, Codey said he is happy with the arrangement.
"We are using Dancy's resources and are pleased with the staff. They are taking care of our families," Codey said.