“It’s a great feeling to be continuing after five generations. It feels like a big accomplishment to be done with all the schooling and to stayed involved in the community and all the different projects,” said Papavero, an active member of the Maspeth Lions Club and the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce.
Papavero, 23, knew for years that he wanted to join the family business, but at the urging of his parents, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fordham University’s College of Business. Coming out of school he had a job prospect with Merrill Lynch, but he knew his heart wasn’t in it.
“I definitely had to do this. When I went to school and checked out different options, I still always found myself coming back to the funeral business and thinking it was the one thing I wanted to do,” said Papavero.
He admitted it’s not a job most children grow up wanting to do, but he realized from an early age that his great-grandfather, grandfather, father and uncles had the power to touch the lives of people who were going through some of their most difficult times. He wanted to be a part of that.
“By the end of the funeral, you realize you’ve made a difference in that family’s life in a short time. To see that you’ve helped a family through a tough time, it’s a rewarding feeling that many people don’t get to experience,” said Papavero. “I feel privileged to have that feeling everyday.”