The old funeral home records give a glimpse into the history of Upton, offering a century of details about local funeral customs handwritten in the pages of several worn, leather-bound journals. The records chronicle the lives and deaths of young and old, with obituaries describing lives of workers in the West Upton hat factories, prominent careers in politics and education, tragic deaths caused by accidents, and lives lost in military service. Of particular note among the artifacts is a yellowing news clipping of the 1952 funeral of famed Broadway actress Gertrude Lawrence, who was buried by Sidney Williams in her husband's family plot in Lakeview Cemetery, overlooking Pratt Pond.
On January 2nd, 2018, Ken and Diana Pedersen retired, selling their business to David A. Pickering and his son, Andrew D. Pickering of the Westborough Funeral Homes. The Pedersen and Pickering families have worked together for many years. Ken will stay involved with the funeral home on a part time basis. The Pickerings plan to continue the same compassionate and dignified service that the town of Upton has become accustomed to.
On June 12, 2020, David and Andrew changed the name of the funeral home to Pickering & Son Upton Funeral Home, Inc.