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Campbell Dean: Business of the year

Campbell-Dean Funeral Home will receive the Business Award from the Canastota Chamber of Commerce at its annual Distinguished Service Award dinner later this month.

"Everybody in the firm is very, very deeply honored," said Jim Dean, owner, president, licensed funeral director and manager. Dean said he felt the business hadn't been established in the village long enough to earn the award but was very happy to receive it.

"Others have been here longer," Dean said.

Campbell-Dean Funeral Home was established in 1905 in Oneida by Canastota native C. Fred Campbell. Campbell died in 1946.

Marion G. Dean Jr., another Canastota native continued ownership and operation of the firm.

Jim joined the firm in 1973, and when Marion died in the early 1980s Jim assumed ownership of the Oneida facility and operates the business today.

Then in 1997, Dean purchased the building on South Peterboro Street, remodeled the home and operates the Canastota location of the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home.

Dean said everyone in the community is kind and giving and the firm's employee's remark about how active everyone in the community is with events like Snowblast, the alumni weekend and Boxing Hall of Fame.

"The whole community gets involved," Dean said.

"It's a close-knit group," said Jana "Haldenwang" Rowlands, licensed funeral director and manager of the Canastota location. "And there is a great sense of pride in preserving the heritage. We are very proud to be in this community."

"It's nice to go out in the community, to a store or restaurant and see people we know, "Dean said. "Everyone is courteous, friendly and kind."

The firm is a member of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. It was awarded the National Funeral Directors "Pursuit of Excellence" in October of 2003.

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