New York State Funeral Directors Association

Photo collage shows funeral director John D'Arienzo behind the scene of youngsters participating in an after school program at the Settlement House in Brooklyn

Funeral Director Honored for Meaningful Impact in Community

People often hear about anonymous supporters helping out great causes.

These are often folks who give of themselves to benefit their community - but they stay behind the scenes because they’re not doing it for recognition. Most prefer not to not get any attention at all.

A View of Potter's Park at FE Brown & Sons Funeral Home

F E Brown Sons Funeral Home Honored by NYS Senate, Local Chamber of Commerce

Located in the heart of Orchard Park and just a few blocks from the cemetery, the 169 year-old home is an ideal place for traditional funerals.

But the FE Brown Sons Funeral Home doesn’t just serve the traditional family – so owner Timothy J. Gardner decided to add on, so-to-speak.

In his 40 years as a funeral director, Gardner often heard family members remark how nice it would be outside on pleasant days. So he took that idea and turned it into reality.

Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge

After more than 20 years serving families as a funeral director, Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge is well versed in age-old funeral home traditions.

But the energetic businesswoman isn’t shying away from modern tools available to increase the number of families she serves.

She’s reaching out to her community using Social Media and now making her funeral home’s services available for contract work in New York State.