Sax-Tiedemann was incorporated in 1924 with a partnership between Maurice Sax and Peter Thomas Tiedemann. 4 years later the funeral home moved for the first time. In 1929 Mr. Tiedemann purchased the shares owned by Mr. Sax to gain sole ownership of the funeral home. In a sign of the times, the expense to change the title of the business was deemed prohibitive leaving the name of the business to remain what it is today. Much has changed since then.
The business moved to its current location in 1936. It has been reconfigured and remodeled with only its interior core as part of the original structure. There are numerous historical reminders of the history of the funeral home throughout. The elegance and fixtures that were staples of funeral parlors are maintained in different areas of the space. At the very same time, modern and very practical well appointed chapel spaces meet the contemporary needs and desires of families.
Stephen Dawson is the third generation owner of Sax-Tiedemann, the grandson of Peter Thomas Tiedemann, the son of Clyde Dawson and Jean Tiedemann Dawson. Stephen is very respectful of the tradition of this funeral home and the industry itself, while at the same time being a very progressive thinker and an adaptor to the changing market trends. He can be described as “proactive” rather than reactive. As new ethnic groups with different traditions and customs have moved into the area, Stephen has reached out purposely to engage and accommodate their traditions and funeral rites.
Sax-Tiedemann’s professional staff understands what is important to families experiencing loss. It’s environment is designed to be open, fresh, bright and it’s set up to encourage community participation in the chapels. The modern technology of an electronic podium (for entering visitor information) and a large screen monitor are in the chapel, but in neither case does the technology overwhelm the fact that these chapels are designed, furnished and geared toward encouraging intimate communication and human interaction. The refreshment areas are equipped with everything a family needs for a moment away to refresh themselves.
All are welcome here. It’s clear in every way. Our staff is here to accommodate the needs and desires of different faiths, ethnicities, customs, as the most common human trait is to honor their loved ones who pass away. Everyone does this somehow, some way. The way your family tells us “how they would like to say good bye” is the way we proceed. It goes without saying that there is only one opportunity to get it right.