Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home was founded by Kenneth H. Pollard in 1953 and is proud to be family owned and operated for over 60 years. From the first day our services were offered and continuing today in the spirit, “Our Family Helping Your Family”, we are humbled to carry on this tradition by offering our services with a capable and caring staff in comfortable surroundings to help those in a time of need.
In 1969, the tradition continued to the next generation when Michael N. Pollard joined his father in the family business. Michael and his wife, Maureen, purchased the funeral home in 1993, perpetuating a vision that continues today, as a source for complete funeral information with professional comfort and guidance.
Throughout the years, families of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire have appreciated our efforts to help them plan a meaningful service for a loved one or friend. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week, our experienced and dedicated staff is here to assist you in determining which service is appropriate for each individual’s needs and to ensure those wishes are followed.
A funeral represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one or friend, their memories, values and accomplishments. We are here to help you through this most difficult time.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Michael N. Pollard
Owner / President / Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Michael graduated from Methuen High School and went on to obtain his mortuary services degree from New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences in 1972. He was awarded the prestigious David McCool Family Service Award from this institution at that time. Michael, who began his career working for his father in 1969, is a second-generation owner of the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home. In 1992, he purchased the business and resolved to continue the legacy of service and dedication instilled in him by his dad. Michael’s philosophy is: “What’s good is never good enough – we can always do better.” He has tried to communicate this principle to all of his employees and co-workers and has encouraged them to perform better than expected. Michael is a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and served on their Resource Board of Directors for 6 years. He is also a member and former board member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. Michael is a charter member of the Methuen Exchange Club and belongs to the Methuen Historical Society. Michael has been married to his wife, Maureen, for 34 years and has one son, Chris. In his spare time, Michael enjoys boating, fishing and playing with his two grandchildren, Adam and Sean.
Robert D. Chase
General Manager / Funeral Director / EmbalmerRead Bio
Rob Chase was born and raised in Methuen and has been a Merrimack Valley resident for most of his life. After graduating from Methuen High School, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Psychology and Economics. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Rob attended and graduated summa cum laude from Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut with an associate’s degree in Funeral Service. He then graduated with a juris doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.
Rob has over 25 years of funeral-related experience and has been a funeral director in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He is also a practicing attorney in Massachusetts.
In his free time, Rob and his wife, Sabrina, enjoy spending time with family and friends. He has a son, Dustin, and three step-children, Tiffaine, Nick, and Chris. He is also a member of the Methuen Exchange Club.
Michael D. Weigand
Operations Manager / Funeral Director / EmbalmerRead Bio
Michael Weigand was born in Hyannis, MA and currently resides in the Metro Boston area. Michael is a graduate of both Bishop Stang High School of Dartmouth, MA and Mount Ida College of Newton, MA, where he received a B.S. in Funeral Home Management. He has worked for several funeral homes in the Metro Boston area.
Michael was fortunate enough to join the Pollard family in 2014 and is honored to serve families of the Merrimack Valley. Empathy and compassion are two of Michael’s strongest qualities as a funeral director.
In his free time, Michael and his wife, Christine, enjoy taking day trips with their two rescue dogs, Talulah and Roscoe. He is also a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 2204 Lexington, MA.
Aaron J. Mizen
Funeral Director / Embalmer / Veterans SpecialistRead Bio
Aaron Mizen was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving for over 20 years in the military, he graduated from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts with a degree in mortuary sciences.
Aaron has nearly 20 years of experience in the death care industry in both the private and military sectors. He is an advocate for veteran’s rights and is very well versed in military funeral protocol, as well as federal and state veteran’s death and burial benefits.
In his free time, Aaron and his wife, Cynthia, enjoy spending time with friends and family. He has four children, Mary, Aaron Jr, Angelina and Nicholas. He is also the founder of the Lower Merrimack Valley Young Marines.
Patricia A. Dawson
Office ManagerRead Bio
Originally born in the UK, Pat Dawson immigrated as a child to the US with her family. She graduated from Manchester Jr/Sr High in Manchester, MA and attained her administrative credentialing from Burdett School in Boston, MA. Her career has spanned both multi-national corporations and start-up organizations in a variety of fields. Having worked overseas in a number of different environments and cultures, she is pleased to be able to bring that diverse background to her role as office manager at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home.
Following the death of her husband, David, after 33 years together, Pat joined the staff at Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in 2016. As with all the staff at KHP, her life experiences are beneficial in assisting to provide the level of service and dedication to performance that are the hallmark of the Pollard Funeral Home.
In her spare time, Pat enjoys the company of friends, spending time with her pets and reading.
Denis Webster Greene , COA
After Care FacilitatorRead Bio
Denis Greene has dedicated his entire career to the healthcare industry, recently retiring as a P.A. in Ophthalmology as a COA. He is active in historic preservation and is the President of the Methuen Historical Society. He serves on the Methuen Historic District Commission as Vice Chair and Chairs the Methuen Preservation Committee. In addition to his interest in preservation, he volunteers his time for worthwhile community fundraising events and served on the Board of Directors for the Methuen Festival of Trees, as well as serving on the Executive Board for First Church Congregational, where he also sings in the choir. He is currently augmenting his career path and is pursuing a degree in Grief Counseling
In his spare time, he performs on-stage and serves on the Board of Directors for the North Regional Theatre Workshop. He lives, works and vacations in Methuen, with his spouse of 34 years, Paul, and their dog Berlin.