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O’Rourke Bros. Memorials and Abate Monuments – Serving the Greater Salem Area’s Communities for Over 100 Years.

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A the beginning of the 20th Century, O’Rourke Bros. Memorials employed as many as 30 stone craftsmen and monument builders. Using their own train spur, O’Rourke Bros. Memorials would have large blocks of granite delivered from the Quincy Quarries, as well as from Vermont.  From there, the workers would saw the granite into desired shapes, using hand-tools to create beautiful carvings.  Many of the techniques used back then were laborious and physically demanding, requiring a high level of craftsmanship.  ‘Today, modern manufacturing techniques reduce a lot of the hand-sawing and shaping of headstones, however many hand-carving techniques are still used today.  You can see examples of O’Rourke Brothers Memorials’ work dating back generations in the nearby cemeteries such as St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem, Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem, and Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, MA.  As travel was more restricted in the earlier part of the century, most of O’Rourke Bros. Memorials’ clientele came from the surrounding area of Salem, Lynn, Peabody and Marblehead.  As automobile ownership increased, O’Rourke Bros. Memorials began to serve a wider area including Saugus, Revere, Lynnfield, Melrose and Wakefield.  These communities continue to be the core clientele of O’Rourke Bros. Memorials to this day.

Walking through any of the local cemeteries in Salem or Lynn will give you a great appreciation of the skilled work-force that created our ancestors’ headstones.  Raised lettering, bas-relief figure carvings, and hand-tooled panels raised off the face of a tombstone were common design elements back then.  Some of the most beautiful examples of these types of monuments can be found in Harmony Grove Cemetery, right in our backyard.  At one point, Salem, MA was one of the wealthiest port cities in America, and Salem’s forefathers demanded incredible tombstones and monuments that were emblematic of their families’ new-found wealth.  Nowadays, creating a mausoleum, crypt, sarcophagus, or other large monument could cost more than a new car.  Walking through any of the Catholic cemeteries such as St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Jean’s Cemetery, and St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn, MA will present you with countless examples of this type of work as well.

Over the years, we’ve also created numerous war memorials, civic monuments, and commemorative bronze plaques and benches around the city.  We’ve been proud to serve the City of Salem whenever there’s been a need to memorialize our citizens, public service officers and brave soldiers.  Whether created from bronze or granite, our memorials will stand the test of time, teaching future generations about sacrifices made and deeds accomplished.

While O’Rourke Bros. Memorials’ roots will always be in serving the communities of Salem, Beverly and Lynn, we’ve expanded our service as it’s become easier for our customers to travel from farther away.  Please call us to make an appointment to view our inventory of headstones and grave markers.  We are experts, and can help you design a pleasing and suitable memorial for your loved one.

Cemeteries we regularly service in Salem:

  • St. Mary Cemetery, Salem, MA
  • Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, MA
  • Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem, MA
  • Old Burying Point/ Charter Street Cemetery, Salem, MA
  • Essex Street Cemetery, Salem, MA

Other Cemeteries in a 10 mile radius of our headquarters:

  • Beechbrook Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Bnai Brith Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, MA
  • Cedar Grove Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Central Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Charter Street/ Burying Point Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, MA
  • Chelsea Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Emmanuel Memorial Park, Essex County, MA
  • Flint Burying Ground, Essex County, MA
  • Goodale Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Green Street Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Greenlawn Cemetery Salem, Essex County, MA,
  • Greenwood Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Hamilton Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Harbor View Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem,Essex County, MA
  • Holten Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, MA
  • Magnolia Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Maple Hill Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Monumental Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • North Beverly Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Oak Grove Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Oakdale Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Old Burial Hill Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Old Cemetery, Middlesex County, MA
  • Old East Burying Ground, Essex County, MA
  • Old Settlers Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Peabody Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Pine Grove Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Pride of Lynn Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Essex County, MA
  • Riverside Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Rosedale Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Ross Memorial Park, Essex County, MA
  • Saint Jeans Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Saint Josephs Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Saint Marys Cemetery Salem, Essex County, MA
  • Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, MA
  • Sons of Jacob Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Southside Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Star of the Sea Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Sumner Station Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Swampscott Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Temple Beth-El Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Union Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Wadsworth Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Waterside Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Wenham Cemetery, Essex County, MA
  • Willow Cemetery, Essex County, MA