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Golden Gate Funeral Home was founded by the late Ernest and Vera Edwards over 45 years ago. Ernest and Vera Edwards, "Brother and Sister Edwards" as they were affectionately called, began their funeral service business while under the tutelage of several of Chicago's prominent funeral directors. Brother and Sister Edwards quickly distinguished themselves by providing "Service with Sacredness and Dignity." At one time, Golden Gate Funeral Home was the only African-American funeral home in Chicago to have a completely white fleet of limousines, hearses and flowers cars.

In the early 1970's, the Edwards purchased the current location of the Golden Gate Funeral Home at 2036 W. 79th Street. The Edwards not only called this location their funeral home, but home as well, building their residence above the funeral home itself.

In 1996, one year before Brother Edward's death, Golden Gate Funeral Home was acquired by Concord Family Services, Inc., a funeral service management company serving primarily ethnic and culturally diverse communities. Through this partnership, the legacy that Brother and Sister Edwards began in the 1960's has continued.

Today at Golden Gate we strive to make sure every family we serve knows that "it's not what we do that makes us who we are, it's how we do it."

"Families Come First at Golden Gate" is our new motto and philosophy. We look forward to serving yu.