BEVERLY — Callers to the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home in Gloucester these days are likely hearing a different voice and a different name.
Last Monday, Stacy Goodhue Sabia answered the phone with the words, "Campbell Funeral Home Cape Ann."
The century-old funeral home, at 61 Middle St., has been acquired by owner Glen Campbell and the Campbell Funeral Home of Beverly from Thomas and Robin Newhall, who had run the funeral service since they purchased it February 2015.
Sabia will serve as funeral director of the Gloucester home while her husband Augie runs the company's Beverly location, at 525 Cabot St.
A lifelong Gloucester resident, Sabia has worked with Campbell's for 10 years.
"I got into the funeral business to help people, and I am really excited to be able to help people within the community that I've known and have grown up with," she said.
Campbell completed purchase of the building and business at 61 Middle St. from the Newhalls late last month.
Sabia, who managed the Stanetsky-Hymanson Chapel funeral service in Salem prior to joining Campbell, declined to discuss terms of the deal. But the two-story home encompasses 4,561 square feet of living space and is assessed at $649,300, city records show.
The pairing of Campbell with what, for decades, was the Pike Funeral Home brings together two long-running North Shore businesses.
The business was founded by Willard Pike in 1900 and initially operated on Pine Street. His grandson, Harold Pike, then operated the home for decades after moving it to what was once the Winchester Inn at 61 Middle St. The Campbell Funeral Home on Beverly's Cabot Street was established in 1907 and has bridged five generations of experience in delivering services to Cape Ann and surrounding North Shore communities.
Sabia said the new owners will make "a few changes" at the Gloucester funeral home, though she added the building and its interior will not need a lot of work. The Newhalls pumped more than $100,000 into renovations when they took over what had been the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home four years ago. Also, Tommy Newhall will remain with the company for a few weeks during the transition, she said.
"We will put a Campbell spin on things," she said, "and there are some minor details we'll look at. But overall, we'll look to leave the home as is. Any changes won't be big, (though) a new sign will be going up later this week.
"I've always loved Gloucester, and now this gives us a chance to serve the community and the people I love," she said. "That's been a goal of mine for a long time."
Ray Lamont can be reached at 978-675-2705, or email@example.com.