W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home
W.S. Clancy was established in 1900 by William S. Clancy, great-grandfather to Jeffrey S. and John P. Klarman, who now operate the firm. It has been operated by members of the Clancy family since its inception. W.S. Clancy, or ''Will'' as he was known, was joined in the family business by two of his sons- Frank and Stuart Clancy- and one of his daughters- Rosalind ''Posey'' Klarman. After Will's death in 1945, Frank, Stu and Posey continued the operation of the family business. Frank's son William H. ''Bill'' Clancy joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
In addition to operating the funeral home, Frank was a two-time mayor of the neighboring town of East Haven, and Stu, who had played professional football for the New York Giants, was on the coaching staff at Yale University. After Stu's death in 1965 and Frank's retirement, Bill and Posey operated the business. Bill left in 1977 and Posey continued the firm with the help of her sons Stuart and David. She was joined by her grandson Jeffrey S. Klarman, who joined the firm in 1981. Posey retired in 1984, and Jeff was joined by his brother John who joined the firm in 1988.
Together today, Jeff and John continue to operate the family business. W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is one of the oldest family run businesses in Branford.