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Our staff of professionals has years of experience caring for families who come to us from all walks of life. Each family does so because we are leaders in our profession, with a dedication to service, and deep professional integrity.

  • When we meet with a family, our goal is to help them create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We give them the choice of a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

    Together, we design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

  • Our Early History

    In 1952, John S. Anderson & William F. McQueen established Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in an old home (now our N.E. St. Petersburg Family Tribute Center) with their personal residences located right next door. As the years passed and their business grew into one of the largest volume, single location funeral homes in Florida, the old home underwent major renovations and additions. Upon Mr. Anderson's death in 1970, Mr. McQueen continued to operate the business until his untimely death in 1987 at which time his three children continued its local ownership and operation.

    Maggi, Bill & John McQueen

    In 1984, Mr. McQueen and a group of local funeral directors purchased the historic Sunnyside Cemetery. Sunnyside was a pioneer cemetery for the area with burials dating back into the late 1800's. Following Mr. McQueen's death, his children saw the need to further expand the cemetery. They purchased the entire cemetery and developed its second phase. Other adjoining property to the cemetery has been acquired to ensure that the community can be served for years to come.

    In 1990, the McQueen family purchased the Tyrone Family Tribute Center to better serve the residents located in the Tyrone and Gulf Beach communities. In 1994, the McQueen family purchased the McLeod Funeral Chapel in the Meadowlawn area of northeast St. Petersburg. Following the acquisition, Mr. & Mrs. McLeod remained with Anderson-McQueen.

    In 1997, Anderson-McQueen opened their Cremation Tribute Center. In contrast to the typical off-site, industrial type crematory, this state-of-art facility was designed to provide families desiring cremation with a place to worship, a place to gather and visit with friends, and a place to witness the initiation of the cremation process.

    Planning is an integral part of every successful business and family. Therefore, in 2010, the McQueen family spent much time reviewing and planning for both estate and succession purposes. In December 2010, John McQueen, the youngest of the three siblings, purchased the shares of his brother, Bill, and sister, Maggi, in both the funeral homes and cemetery. John and his family remain committed to providing the highest standards of professional care and service to the community.

  • Our Tradition of Caring Within the Community

    While providing the very best in personalized funeral service is our main priority, we know how important it is to devote community time outside of the funeral home. Each member of the McQueen family is active in civic and service clubs, church and other organizations which directly touch our community, including the YMCA, Exchange Club, Junior League, the SPJC Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Lupus Foundation and St. Anthony's Hospital. To see a listing of all of the organizations that we have supported, visit

  • Our Valued Staff

  • A valued staff member
    John T. McQueen CFSP, President & Owner

    John, a native of St. Petersburg, was born at St. Anthony's Hospital. He graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from St. Leo's University. John graduated valedictorian of his class at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.

    John is President and Chief Executive Officer for the funeral homes and crematory. He also serves as the President of Sunnyside Cemetery and an affiliated firm, Affordable Memorials. In addition to his duties at the funeral home and cemetery, John is an adjunct instructor for the Funeral Services Program at St. Petersburg College.

    John, like his father before him, is a Past President of the Florida Funeral Directors Association and currently serves as President on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He has also held numerous offices and board position on both a national and state level in a variety of industry-related organizations. John was also the founder and managing partner of FuneralReview.Com, an online continuing education company for funeral service professionals, until its sale to the National Funeral Directors Association.

    In addition to professional involvement, John is actively involved in numerous civic and social organizations in St. Petersburg. His current & past civic involvements include Help-A-Child, Inc (Board and Treasurer), the Exchange Club of NE St. Petersburg (twice Past President & 20+ year member), Mentor in the Public School System, Suncoasters, Dragon Club, Everyone's Youth United, and numerous Masonic organizations. He is also a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church.

    John is married to Nicole "Nikki" Paul and lives in Snell Isle Estates with their daughter and son.

  • A valued staff member
    Nicole 'Nikki' McQueen, Vice-President

    Nikki was born in Quincy, Massachusetts at Quincy Hospital and grew up in historic Plymouth, MA. She is the eldest of two children born to David J. Paul and Cheryl A. Zoia. Nicole is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and attended the Endicott College where she received a degree in Advertising & Photography.

    As Vice-President, Nikki is responsible for marketing and guest relations. Her duties include overseeing all marketing and advertising, as well as developing relationships within the community. Prior to entering the funeral industry Nikki spent 15 years in the title insurance industry with a Fortune 300 company.

    Nikki has always taken an active role in the local community, including her role as Past President of the Shorecrest Parent Association, Shorecrest Middle Division State of the Arts Committee, The Queen of Hearts, Exchange Club of Northeast St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Suncoast Association of Realtors, Women's Council of Realtors, Young Mother's League of St. Petersburg and Florida Monument Builders Association. She attends St. Raphael's Catholic Church, where she served as a teacher’s aide in the CCD program.

    Nikki is married to John T. McQueen and resides in St. Petersburg with their two children, Bailee and Joshua.

  • Other Staff

    Anderson-McQueen is blessed with over twenty other Staff members who serve such vital roles as chapel administrators, family service counselors, funeral attendants, and facilities maintenance. These staff members along with our funeral directors make Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers a place "...where Compassionate Professionals Serve with Integrity and Distinction!"

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