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In 1921, John P. Rowe Sr operated the John P. Rowe Funeral Home on Washington Street in Marlborough, MA before purchasing the building at 57 Main Street.

In 1974, William R. Short bought the John J. Brown Funeral Home at 95 West Main Street in Marlborough where the current funeral home operates today.  

In 2019, Phillip R. Short purchased the John P. Rowe Funeral Home INC., a family-owned and operated business for generations. William R. Short & John P. Rowe, Sr. Started their respective funeral homes and set a high standard for their children to live and work up to. Today we work each and every day to work up to those high standards that Bill, John, & Phil set. In 2022, Phil, unfortunately, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. 

We want our families and friends to know that the Short & Rowe Funeral Home will continue to serve their needs with a high standard of care, dedication, and compassion under the direction of John P. Rowe, III. 

In Loving Memory

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William R. "Bill" Short 

1949 ~ 2012

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Phillip R. "Phil" Short  

1979 ~ 2022

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A family funeral business can never replace dedicated professionals like Bill & Phil. We can only work every day to try to live up to the high standard that they set for us to follow. They knew that this day would come. Like us, they hoped it would be many years from now. We wanted our clients, families, and friends to know that their needs will continue to be met at Short & Rowe Funeral Home. The high-quality service that your families have come to expect will continue.

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