Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., provides funeral and cremation services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our experienced team is trained to assist every family—regardless of the type of services desired—and are experienced with most religious and cultural funeral customs.
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Funeral planning experts
If you have never planned a funeral or cremation, or it has been some time since you have, you may be surprised at the many decisions involved. Whatever you desires, our professional funeral home team will offer suggestions and assist you with planning a life celebration.
It is our philosophy to bring dedication and compassion to the families we serve. Our funeral directors are ready to help you sort through the options and answer your questions. You can have confidence in knowing that we are available to you. Our entire Pittsburgh funeral home team wants to make a difference in your life and provide comfort, caring hearts and direction when you need it most.
Budget-friendly funeral services
Today, many of our families have concerns and questions about funeral costs. Our team understands these concerns, which is why we offer a range of services to fit every budget. Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., has consistently offered a variety of options, so every family can plan a tribute that is appropriate, meaningful and affordable.
In addition, we respect all faiths, customs and traditions, and have qualified funeral directors to handle every detail flawlessly. Above all, we remain committed to providing personal care to you and your family.
We hope you allow us the privilege to serve you during your time of need. Please contact us to learn more about our funeral and cremation services or to tour our Pittsburgh funeral home.
Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home in Pittsburgh opened to the public in June 1946, with an open house at the funeral home on June 14-15 marking the realization of Orion Pinkerton's dream. Since then, we have remained committed to his passion to provide quality burial and cremation services.
Orion, a native of Mars, Pennsylvania, was a student in the 1st class (1939) of the Pittsburgh Mortuary School, now the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After served an internship in the early 1940s at the Frank W. Simons Funeral Home on Pittsburgh's north side, he began a career as a professional embalmer.
Very skilled and artful at his craft, he soon became in demand and served the needs of a large number of funeral homes in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities. The need for his services was made even greater because of the number of local funeral directors serving overseas during World War II. During those years, he had the desire to use his skills and knowledge to establish a business of his own. That ambition came to fruition in June 1946, when he purchased and renovated a large home built in 1902 in the Avalon suburb of Pittsburgh.
Expanding to meet community needs
Soon after the funeral home's opening, Orion was approached by local community leaders and physicians who asked him to offer an ambulance service as well. At the time, no such service existed in our communities and several tragic situations had occurred because of the long waits for an ambulance. He began the ambulance service in July 1946 with a refurbished 1937 LaSalle ambulance.
Orion always demanded excellence of himself and his team, and both businesses grew, also helped by the love, support and efforts of his wife, Jean. In 1969, he was recognized as the “Person of the Year” by the local chamber of commerce for his extensive community involvement and civic mindedness.
James Pinkerton, the Pinkertons' son, began working in the family business at an early age and became a licensed funeral director in 1973. Also trained as a paramedic, he focused a great deal of effort on the development and expansion of the ambulance service, which became among the first advanced life support services in Pennsylvania in 1976.
In 1977, the next stage of development led to the creation of 2 separate corporations: the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., and Pinkerton Services, Inc., the ambulance operation. Both businesses achieved success and recognition. The ambulance service served as the primary EMS agency for 7 communities and was a recipient of a Pennsylvania Governor's Highway Safety Award for community training and safety activities.
Our funeral home was recognized for 15 consecutive years with the Pursuit of Excellence Award presented by the National Funeral Directors Association. In 3 of those years, Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., was one of the top 5 funeral homes in the nation, receiving the Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award.
In 2003, Orion, who was in declining health, and Jim Pinkerton decided to affiliate our funeral home with a larger organization. Although no longer active in day-to-day activities, James Pinkerton remains as an officer and consultant for Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.
Today, we are a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.