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 Sumner House has been a historical beacon in Shrewsbury, MA since 1798. Situated at the west side of the Town Common, the original "Sumner Mansion" was home to the town's second minister, Reverend Joseph Sumner. Several generations of the family occupied the home for 200 years. George Sumner, a partner at the former Barnard, Sumner, and Putnam department store in Worcester, MA, was known for hosting elaborate social gatherings at the home. The final Sumner descendants sold the home as a private residence in the 1980s, and after several years, it was turned into a bed and breakfast inn. The majority of the original decor of the Sumner House's 23 rooms was preserved when it became the Heald & Chiampa funeral home in 2010.

Our Valued Staff

  • David M. Chiampa

    David M. Chiampa, Funeral Director

    David M. Chiampa, a Newton, MA native, has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1978. His career began in 1973 with positions at area funeral homes in the metro-Boston areas, Harold L. O'Neill Funeral Home, Dorchester, Gerald W. Lehman Funeral Home, Brighton, Walsh-Fennelly Funeral Home, Waltham including the Joseph G. Valente Funeral Home and Thomas J.Lyons Funeral Home in Newton.
    David's expertise is the result of a 40-year career in funeral service. Having worked for many funeral directors he brings a varied compilation of skills that enhance the operation of the Chiampa Funeral Home.
    David earned his degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, MA. Also owned and operated Garden City Livery, West Newton for many years. Served as a Executive board member of the Funeral Institute of New England for several years. Longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #12701, Boylston, 4th. Degree Assembly No. 399, Worcester

    David lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Maryann, and their son.