History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Dinan Funeral Homes were established in 1890 by Frank T. Dinan an Irish immigrant who after arriving in Philadelphia quickly found out that there was a need for caring and compassionate funeral service. Shortly after, he opened the first Dinan location which was a modest row home on 19th street in Philadelphia. Frank's goal was to provide the best service possible at an affordable price to all he was priveledged to serve. After several years, his goal was realized and he became the trusted name in the neighborhood. Of course there were other funeral homes in the same area, however Frank's personal attention to each family is what made the Dinan name stand out. As the business grew, Frank realized that he needed to grow with it and moved the funeral home to Spring Garden Street. As time went on and his daughter Anna became involved, more and more families requested their services. It was finally decided to move once again to our present location.

Today, as in 1890, our family still operates the business every day and families can rest assured that they will meet with one of our family. Frank's grandson Francis Timothy (Tim) Dinan is the owner and President, and Frank's great grandson Christopher J. Dinan manages the day to day operations in Philadelphia. Another great grandson Francis Timothy (Tim) Dinan Jr. assists in the day to day operations at our suburban location Shelly-Dinan Funeral Home in Lansdale. Although we have grown and expanded, one thing remains the same as when Frank opened his doors over 120 years ago; and that is that our family will provide the best possible service at an affordable price to each and every family we are honored to serve. Let's face it, Frank wouldn't have it any other way!


Shelly-Dinan Funeral Home

Tim and his family moved to Lansdale after purchasing the former Shelly Funeral Home in 1978. He continues to be active in the day to day operations of the funeral homes where he serves as President.


Our Valued Staff

Francis Timothy  Dinan Sr.

Francis Timothy Dinan Sr., President/Owner (Lansdale)

Tim is a third generation funeral director and has been serving families for over 50 years. Born in Philadelphia, he is one of six children. Tim is very active in the community and is well known in both Philadelphia and Lansdale where he serves on many volunteer boards; most recently joining the Lansdale Volunteer Medical Corps. He has been married to Joan for over 45 years and also has four children. Tim and his family moved to Lansdale after purchasing the former Shelly Funeral Home in 1978. He continues to be active in the day to day operations of the funeral homes where he serves as President.


Christopher  Dinan

Christopher Dinan, Supervisor (Philadelphia)

Chris is the manager of the Philadelphia location and is a fourth generation funeral director. He resides at the funeral home on Spring Garden St. with his wife Karen and three children. Chris is responsible for the day to day operations of the Philadelphia location and is also active in the community, including the Knights of Columbus and various church organizations.