In 1949, when Robert J. Babione decided to become a funeral director, the idea of Babione Funeral Home was born. Mr. Babione was born and raised in Lake Worth, Florida. He met his wife, Helen, while attending Lake Worth High School. They were married in Lake Worth in 1950. Robert then served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas. When he graduated, Robert returned to Florida and served his internship while working for E. Earl Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Lake Worth, Florida.
In 1957, Mr. Babione decided to go into business, and with a partner, they built two funeral homes—one in Delray Beach and one in Lantana, Florida. In 1964, the two funeral directors decided to sell the funeral home located in Lantana, and open a new one in the neighboring city of Boca Raton. The original building consisted of only a visitation room, office, casket selection room, and a small preparation room.
In 1976, the Babione family took over sole ownership of the Boca Raton funeral home. In that same year, the first renovations to the Boca Raton facility were made. Due to the increasing demand, a second visitation room was added along with a foyer, garage, a new preparation room, a covered carport and additional parking.
In 1988, the second phase of remodeling to the funeral home was completed. This included the extension of the foyer, another visitation room and a total redecoration of the facility. The next expansion idea began in the early part of 1991. At this time, the Babione family began to look for a site to better serve the growing population of western Boca Raton. On January 17, 1994, the Babione family opened a new funeral home on the southwest corner of Glades Road and State Road 441.
In June 1996, Babione Funeral Home was acquired by an affiliate of Service Corporation International and ultimately became a proud member of the Dignity Memorial® network of more than 1,600 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.
On August 4, 2004, Mr. Robert J. Babione passed away. Today, Mrs. Helen Babione carries on her husband’s legacy with a strong commitment to her community involvement and many charities.
A major renovation project for the Babione Funeral Home at 1100 North Federal Highway is set for completion in 2010. This renovation will include expanded visitation rooms, remodeled restrooms, and the addition of a multi-purpose event room where families can host special events including luncheons, dinners, and any other types of life celebrations.