I was born in Brooklyn, NY, then brought over to Staten Island when I was about a year old. I grew up on the South Shore of Staten Island, attending Mckee High School and then Canton University. After college, I went to the American Academy McAllister Institute for Mortuary School. Family is very dear to me. I count myself blessed to be married to Megan McInerney Cherubini, and we have two wonderful children, who wouldn’t be close to what they are without her love. Megan helps me in so many ways to make our funeral home what it is – more of a service than a business, where taking care of people is the focus of what we do.
John J. Keenan
Jack Keenan is a forth generation Staten Islander who grew up on the island’s north shore. A graduate of Sacred Heart grammar school and St. Peter’s Boys High School, Jack attended the former Staten Island Community College and is a graduate of American Academy McAllister of Funeral Service. Jack began working as a funeral director at Silvie Funeral Home in 1978, when it was located on Decker Avenue. He stayed with the business when it relocated to its present location on Forest Avenue in 1981, with the merger of the Meislohn and the Silvie Funeral Homes. Jack has been manager of the funeral home for the past several years. He feels honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve the community he has grown up in. He strives to care for the families he serves in their time of need as he would want to be cared for.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Kenneth A. Decker
Amanda C. Vaphides was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She is a graduate of Michael J. Petrides School, Sunnyside. She attended St. John’s University and graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Amanda joined the funeral home staff in 2014. Being a funeral director is something Amanda has always dreamed of and persevered wholeheartedly. She finds all aspects of funeral service to be rewarding. She is proud to be part of a family owned funeral home with such a long history in our area.