When you have a funeral at Pipkin’s Mortuary in Denver, Colorado, you can expect a stylish send-off complete with matching burgundy hearses and so much more.
Mark Pipkin, the owner of Pipkin’s Mortuary, has been helping the black community say their last goodbyes to loved ones at his facility for more than 30 years. The thought and the details that he puts into the funerals at his mortuary have become legendary throughout the community and in the greater Denver area. But matching hearses and funeral cars are not the only things that set him apart from his competitors.
Pipkin also requires his pallbearers and other staff to wear tuxedos and “spotless white gloves” to the ceremony. They walk down the aisle of the chapel in synchronized steps that are “part military, part New Orleans jazz funeral.” He also requires his female attendants to wear uniforms and stand strategically near pews with tissue boxes handy for mourners who need them.
“I tell my staff, ‘There is a right way, a wrong way, and a Pipkin way,” he said in an interview. From the success he has enjoyed since opening the Pipkin Mortuary in 1979 with his parents, the Pipkin way seems like the way to go.
We’ll revisit this story and tell you more about Pipkin Mortuary and some of the reasons why so many people in the Denver area come here to mourn for deceased loved ones.
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