History & Staff
At Anderson McQueen Funeral Homes, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Bill, Maggi & John McQueen
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.
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.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Anderson McQueen, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing
John T. McQueen
Funeral Director CFSP
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, 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.
Marty Wingate was born and raised on a 500 acre family dairy farm in Livonia, New York and is a graduate of Alfred State College in Agricultural Business. Marty moved to St. Petersburg, Florida over twenty five years ago, after marrying Pinellas County native Cynthia Ferraro. Together they have one son, Michael. Marty is active in Boy Scouts as District Committee Chairman, St. Petersburg Swimming, Holy Family Catholic Church and The Canterbury School of Florida Parent Advisory Committee. Marty has been involved in Sales and Marketing over his entire professional career and holds Florida Life, Annuity and Pre Need Funeral Care Licenses. Is his spare time, Marty enjoys the beach with family, golf, camping, water sports and Boy Scout activities.