The National Funeral Directors Association conferred the inaugural Richard Myers Pinnacle Award on Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory in New Castle County.

In recognition of funeral homes that develop an extraordinary program or service that far surpasses the definition of funeral service excellence, NFDA established the Richard Myers Pinnacle Award.

The Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home & Crematory team created a 16-page anti-bullying activity book geared toward children ages 4-8. The book’s main character, a bulldog named Duchess, offers a way to introduce the topic of bullying to a young audience. Duchess is the name of funeral home owner Matthew Smith’s bulldog.

The book, “Duchess the Bulldog Says Be a Buddy, Not a Bully,” has been distributed by Spicer-Mullikin staff to local libraries, the YMCA and several elementary schools. The book is also available to children who accompany adults to the funeral home.

Spicer-Mullikin staff members have hosted live book readings for local children in aftercare and summer camps at the local YMCA.

The Richard Myers Pinnacle Award is conferred at the discretion of the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Committee.

This award is named in honor of the founder of the Pursuit of Excellence Program, NFDA Past President Richard Myers.

Spicer-Mullikin was also named a 2018 recipient of the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. Spicer-Mullikin, which is located in New Castle, Newark, Delaware City and soon to open in Middletown, was awarded for its commitment to providing exceptional service to grieving families and the community, while adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards.

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