Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home is proud to have been serving the funeral needs of Lockport families for nearly a century. The business was originally established on February 4th 1902, when Clarence A. Reynolds and Amasa L. Taylor opened the doors at 33 Main Street in downtown Lockport. Amasa L. Taylor asked Mr. Reynolds to go into the furniture and undertaking business with him, calling the business Taylor & Reynolds furniture and undertaking.
On June 23rd 1904, a fire destroyed the building on 33 Main Street when a carelessly tossed cigarette ignited a new shipment of furniture, quickly spreading throughout the building. The partners quickly rebuilt and restocked the store adding a new storefront and elevator. In 1912, two years after the passing of Mr. Taylor, Mr. Reynolds purchased the adjoining building, then occupied by the farmers and mechanics savings bank.
After spending 32 years at 31-35 Main Street, Mr. Reynolds recognized the trend towards the use of funeral homes rather than private homes. So in 1934 he purchased the home of Dr. Allen N. Moore at the corner of Transit and Niagara streets. Mr. Reynolds along with his son Francis C. Reynolds remodeled the home and opened the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home on February 4th 1934.
Francis C. Reynolds and his wife Margaret (Scott) Reynolds entered the funeral business upon receiving their license in 1931 and 1936 respectively. Their son Clarence F. Reynolds joined the firm as a licensed funeral director in 1958. In 1973 a fire destroyed the present location on the corner of Transit and Niagara streets. The business continued working out of 2 different funeral homes in Lockport. On May 4th 1975, after being remodeled, the funeral home reopened having a new entrance, three viewing rooms, a smoking lounge and one of the largest casket selection rooms in Western NY.
In July of 2001, Mark D. Kahle, nephew of Clarence F. "Moke" Reynolds, became the fourth generation family member to become owner and licensed manager of Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home. Since taking over the ownership he has added a new 25 car parking lot across the street on the north corner of Transit and Niagara streets, remodeled the interior of the funeral home by adding floral carpets, tiled flooring, new furniture and an elevator lift for the disabled.
Meet Our Staff
At Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home out staff brings with them years of experience in their fields, and their much needed academic backgrounds to offer you the best that our industry has to offer.
Owner and Director
Mark D. Kahle. Was born in Lockport and is the son of Margaret Beth Reynolds Kahle and Ralph Kahle. He graduated from Lockport senior high school in 1989. He then attended State University of New York at Potsdam where he earned a bachelor of arts in economics and played ice hockey. From Potsdam, he then attended the State University of New York at Canton where he earned an associates in mortuary science. He presently resides in Lockport with his daughters Gianni and Giselle Kahle. He is currently the licensed manager of the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home. Some of the duties he does are taking the initial death call, transferring the remains to the funeral home, preparing the body, making arrangements with the family, coordinating with the cemeteries, churches suppliers, parking help, flowers, newspaper notices and filing the legal paper work for final disposition. Also he works calling hours for the visitation, handle cremations and makes arrangements. His whole life has been geared to eventually taking over the family business. He has worked hard to keep the same service and traditions that his great grand father Clarence A. Reynolds, grand father Francis C. Reynolds and uncle Clarence F. Moke Reynolds has provided to the Lockport community since 1902.
Taylor & Reynold's Funeral Home
70 Niagara Street
Lockport, NY 14094
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Located in Downtown Lockport, NY, Taylor & Reynold's Funeral services the communities of WNY.
Taylor & Reynold's Funeral Home is associated with the Provenzano Memorial Chapel, with services provided by Mark C. Provenzano.