New York State Funeral Directors Association

We pause and reflect on the family and friends of NYSFDA who have passed away. May our cherished memories fill some of the void left by their departure, and may they rest in eternal peace as they live on in our hearts.


In Remembrance 2019

 

Martha M. Knowles, 100, died January 31, 2019. Martha was owner and manager of Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home in Port Washington, NY. She is survived by children, grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

Patricia J. Kaiser, 86, died December 22, 2018. Patricia is the mother-in-law of NYSFDA Continuing Past President Walter J. Kent. Patricia was a member of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church and a dedicated election worker. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grace M. Kent, 92, died Friday, February 1, 2019. Grace is the mother of NYSFDA Continuing Past President Walter J. Kent and grandmother of NYSFDA member Tyler Kent of the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in Elmira, NY.

Maureen B. Maurer, 82, died February 3, 2019. A licensed NYS Funeral Director, Maureen served her community as Vice President and Secretary of the Maurer Funeral Homes located in Liverpool and Baldwinsville. She will be remembered as a kind, gentle, caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Stephen H. Ellis, 76, a longtime employee and former manager of Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, passed away on February 2, 2019. The U.S. Navy Veteran, member of Tadmor Lodge #923 F&AM, American Legion Post 421 Hicksville, and Levittown Kiwanis Club is survived by a wife and children.  

James Francis “Digger” Gilpatric, 89, one of Kingston’s longest-serving morticians, passed away on January 12, 2019. In 1950, he joined his grandfather’s funeral firm, the James M. Murphy Funeral Home. Following the death of his grandfather, Jimmy took over as owner and funeral director of the firm in 1954. In 1972, Jimmy marked the 100th anniversary of his funeral home with a change of name and plans for expansion, revealing that the four-generation family firm would be renamed the Gilpatric-Murphy Funeral Home. In 2009, the funeral home business was sold and renamed the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, and eventually moved to Ulster Park in the Town of Esopus in 2012.