Andre Dawson's Other Field: The Funeral Business

Cisco Cotto
May 08, 2020 - 5:05 pm
Andre Dawson

Andre Dawson (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The funeral industry has undergone major changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Just ask Cubs great Andre Dawson.

The Baseball Hall of Fame member owns and operates Paradise Memorial Funeral Home in Richmond Heights, Florida. He acknowledged that some people are surprised to learn he has entered this new field, which has been impacted by COVID-19. 

“It’s really changed how you conduct services, how you prepare bodies — how your procedure is, with removals and with visitations,” Dawson told WBBM Newsradio’s Cisco Cotto Friday on the Noon Business Hour. “You’re trying to ensure the safety not only of the families but the people who work for you as well.”

Dawson, an eight-time All-Star outfielder and power slugger, said he got into the funeral sector more than a decade ago. He held a loan on the business, which was having trouble, and decided to take control. He said he was able to adjust and make the second career work for him.

“I just looked at it like this is where I am in life,” he said. 

He said unlike baseball, there are no fans or people cheering him on. It’s a sensitive and personal interaction with grieving families, he said. 

“I genuinely just speak from the heart and let them know I will keep them in my prayers,” Dawson said.