The Tredway Funeral Home in Norwood dates from 1892. It was originally established by Oscar Tredway and his brother Decature, as a combination funeral business and livery stable at 4141 Montgomery Rd.
The original building faced Cameron Ave at the L.&L. R.R. crossing. This building was remodelled in 1897 with an imposing stone frontage. It became popularly known as the “barn”; a favorite meeting place for many of the town’s frontrank citizens. In one nook there was a big, potbellied stove and chairs for the guest convenience and comfort.
The Tredway institution may pridefully point to several Norwood “firsts”. For example, in those early days it was customary to hold funeral services in the home of the deceased. The Tredways, however, installed a small but complete chapel on their premises, giving impetus to today’s custom of holding final services at the funeral home. The Tredways also featured one of Norwood’s first telephone stations. They transmitted calls to local doctors and relayed other messages, by horse and buggy, to any desired address. One of their favorite patrons was Dr. W.H. Hopkins. He boarded his horse at Tredways “barn”. Finishing his calls at the end of the day, the good doctor, getting out of his buggy, would slap the animal on its flanks, saying, “go to the barn”. The horse would wind his way down the pike and turn in at Tredway’s.
Shortly after being wounded in the “Battle of the Bulge” during WWII, Walker B. Pollitt Jr. returned home to his native Cincinnati where he completed his education at The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After being licensed by the state of Ohio as a funeral director/embalmer, Walker started his career as a funeral director/embalmer at the Brown Funeral Home in Hamilton, Ohio.
During his time at Brown Funeral Home, Walker caught word that the funeral director/embalmer at Tredway Funeral Home suddenly passed away. Well, with his 6’3” frame and a personality that only Walker could pull off, he went to the calling hours of the late funeral director/embalmer of the Tredway Funeral Home. Entering through the front doors of the funeral home, Walker turned to John Tredway, who was attending the door, and introduced him self as “I’m Walker B. Pollitt Jr., your new embalmer”. From that day in 1952, Walker managed the funeral home. In the early 80’s the last name of Pollitt was proudly added to the Tredway Funeral Home, now known as Tredway-Pollitt-Staver Funeral Home. Before his retirement in 1999, Walker took on one last student attending The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science by the name of Jeff S. Staver.
Jeff Staver moved from his home town of Massillon, Ohio after completing his qualifying education at the University of Akron, to attend The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. At which time he sought out employment and student housing at The Tredway-Pollitt-Staver Funeral Home. During his time at The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and working at the funeral home, Walker took him under his wing to teach him the “Walker way of how things are to be done”. During his time with Walker, Walker instilled in him his values on how to treat families. Treat families as family and do your best, were the two biggest lessons Jeff took away from Walker. After Walkers retirement in 1999, Jeff took over the reins at the funeral home and to this day he is still trying to live up to the legacy of Walker B. Pollitt Jr.