Amherst Chapel

History of Amherst Chapel

Mary, Anthony Jr. and Vincent Amigone attended Mill Middle School in the early 1970’s. While at a baseball game that Vincent was playing in, before the Burger King, Buffalo Savings Bank, McDonalds and many other buildings were built, the vacant corner of Sheridan Drive and Hopkins Road was visible from behind the school. That day it came to mind that we lived and belonged to a church where there was not a funeral home to serve the families in “that area.” The distance between 2600 Sheridan Drive and Harris Hill was more the 12 miles. Sheridan Drive and Hopkins Road were midway and a natural location for us.

The property at 5190 Sheridan Drive was soon purchased and the funeral home construction began in 1971. While building 5190 the Gasoline Energy Crisis occurred. Mobile Oil who controlled the corner lot at 5200 Sheridan decided to give up its effort to build a gas station on the corner. Anthony P. Amigone, Sr. who had always wanted to locate on the corner was successful in its bid against Buffalo Savings Bank and negotiated with the Banker’s Trust to lease the 5190 Sheridan Drive property freeing Amigone to build on the corner with access to Hopkins Road and Sheridan Drive and twice the available parking area for the families it would serve. The funeral home completed in August of 1974 and it continues to be largest and finest funeral home in the surrounding area.