Our History


History of the John E. Roberts Funeral Home
The John E. Roberts Funeral Home was established in 1932 by Thomas Roberts and his son John E. Roberts, Sr. in the Old First Ward.  Thomas owned a livery service that provided horse-drawn hearses to funeral directors.  He was the first in Western New York to own and operate motorized hearses, an idea that was not immediately accepted.  The business later moved to Elmwood Avenue, and in 1955, John Roberts formed a partnership with Raymond Potts at the 762 Elmwood Avenue and the 1357-1361 Hertel Avenue locations.  The partnership lasted until Mr. Potts retired in 1964.  John's wife Mary, was also active in the John E. Roberts business and in 1949 became one of the first women in the state to become a licensed funeral director. John and Mary Roberts were active in many religious and civic organizations and both served as President of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association. They had 5 children, Margaretmary, John, Michael, James and Jacqueline. John died in 1980 and Mary died in 2008. Rest in Peace Dad and Mom, we love you.

Aquisition of the Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home
In 2008, James and Margaretmary acquired the  Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home in Amherst, New York. The John E. Roberts Funeral Home  now operates from the Hertel Avenue location (Buffalo Chapel) and the 280 Grover Cleveland Highway (Amherst Chapel)  locations. The Amherst location with 12,000 square feet was completely remodeled and tastefully decorated. The Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home operates from the Grover Cleveland location.

John E. Roberts Funeral Home - 2017 Operation
The Roberts and Dobmeier families suffered  a major setback in 2012 when Margaretmary Roberts-Dobmeier passed away while serving as President of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association. Today the business is being run by James J. Roberts and Charles Durante. "The Roberts Commitment" to provide first rate funeral and cremation services at the lowest possible cost continues to be the foundation of our growing business. Service quality and our position as one of the least expensive funeral and cremation service providers in the region creates an unparralled value to the families we serve. We work with social services, veterans, insurances agencies and many other entities to ease the families financial burden. 

The Amherst-Buffalo Cremation Service
The Amherst-Buffalo Cremation Service was established in 2002. The cremation service caters to the families that prefer immediate cremation or cremation with limited services. The quality of care and attention to detail are our top priorities. Service quality and our position as one of the least expensive cremation service providers in the region creates an unparralled value to the families we serve. We work with social services, veterans, insurances agencies and many other entities to ease the financial burden.