About the Creator of Orthodox Traditions, Customs & Practices
Philip G. Haddad, Jr. was licensed as a funeral director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1967. He has lived and studied the Traditions, Customs, Practices and Rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Church dating back for centuries. He has consulted with Hierarchs of numerous Eastern Orthodox Jurisdictions throughout the United States and the Middle East, and has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience as it pertains to specific customs and traditions essential in assisting families at the time of a loss and in preparation for the passing of a loved one.
During Mr. Haddad’s 32 year federal government career (retiring in 2002), he traveled throughout the United States having visited more than 200 Orthodox Churches and Missions, speaking with clergy, bishops, and hierarchs of numerous Orthodox Jurisdictions.
Mr. Haddad also created and founded Westland Perpetual Trust, Inc. in 1987 (later to become known as the Westland Companies) in an effort to reach out to families wishing to “respectfully remember” their departed loved ones.
Mr. Haddad, as president of the Counsel of Eastern Orthodox Churches of Central Massachusetts was a founder of the Orthodox Section at Hope Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts. Also in his role as President and member of the Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches, Mr. Haddad was an incorporator of the Eastern Orthodox Management Corporation, which founded the Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, Massachussets opening its doors to the Orthodox Community in 1994. Mr. Haddad also served as the first president of Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center's Board of Directors.