Lawrence J. Quintal,
Owner and Funeral Director, Type 3
Larry learned his trade with a Funeral Home in the East Bay area from 1994-2001. In 2001, to further his knowledge on assisting families in a time of grief, he joined the professional staff of the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Homes in both Providence & Warwick, RI. He later made his way to Massachusetts and became employed by the Silva Funeral Home of Taunton.
A native of Dighton, Massachusetts, he is a 1990 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Vocational High School, with a diploma in Machine & Tool Making, and Auto Mechanics.
Lawrence graduated in 2002, with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service.
He has been involved in the funeral profession his entire life. He previously was employed with his father's company, Quintal Burial Vault Company of Dighton MA and was the former owner of Lawrence Burial Vault Co. of Swansea MA.
He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts; is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and President of The Prince Henry Society of Taunton from 2020-2022, and was awarded The Portuguese-American of the year in 2020, a high honor by the society. He is also a a board member of the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a communicant of Saint Anthony Church. Larry was elected to serve on the Taunton City Council from 2022-2024.
Larry was a former board member and Instructor of FINE Mortuary College in Norwood, a former parishioner of St. Jean the Baptiste Church, and a former board member of the St. Mary of the Bay and St. Jean Cemeteries in Warren.
Larry is also the owner of L. Quintal Mortuary Service, LLC., a caring and professional service to assist other funeral professionals in both MA & RI.
When asked, "What is it like being a Funeral Director?" two thoughts come to mind: When I was a young boy I helped my father and his staff remove and transport 101 Catholic Nun's bodies that were entombed in the late 1800's and early 1900's in the old Notre Dame Church in Fall River MA, that burned to the ground and later was built in a new location in Fall River. I was able to see how Funeral Directors laid to rest people in the early days of funeral service. The other was when I was called upon to handle the funeral arrangements of the tragic death of my best friend's daughter who was only 3. I handled everything from the transport of her body from the hospital, to her burial at the cemetery. Just three days prior she was over my house playing with my children. The hardest part was when I placed her little body in her white casket. I almost left the funeral profession after her funeral. It was when my friend and his family told me, "She looked like an angel. Thank God we were able to see her one last time, we could not have gone through it without you", that I decided to stay in the profession. We still remain best friends to this day; he since has had two children.
Funeral Directors don't have an easy job. We take on the pain, and sadness of others day after day. We must be the ones to stay strong, which is not always easy. What makes it worth it, is when a family says those simple words, "THANK YOU, you made it easier for my family."
Larry is the husband of Christine (DeLawrence) Quintal, also a funeral director and embalmer and co-owner of Silva Funeral Home, he has three daughters, Alyssa, Victoria, Kirstie, step children Emily, Ally and Tyler.
He is a classic muscle car owner and enthusiast, his interests include, Auto mechanics, dirt bike riding, attending classic car shows, going for walks with his dog Nissa. He also enjoyed boating and fishing with his most faithful boating partner, his late dog Candie. Larry and his wife Christine live in the residency above the funeral home.