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 2020

Gary R. Donaldson, 75, passed away August 8, 2020. Gary was the former owner/manager of NYSFDA member firm Donaldson Funeral Home in Massena.

Jack A. Marsh, 52, passed away May 17, 2020. Jack was a funeral director for NYSFDA member firm W.S. Davis, Inc. in Arcadeand the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home where he became manager in 2013. 

Anthony N. Speciale, Sr., passed away April 2020. Anthony worked in the funeral industry for 30 years as part of the Matthews International team.

John Gordon Roemer, 97, passed away March 28, 2020. John was the father-in-law of NYSFDA Board member Scott Mason.

Thomas Sidney Hynes, 80, passed away March 20, 2020. Tom owned and operated Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury and Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville.

Warren H. Riles, CFSP, passed away on March 20, 2020. Warren was a long-time member of the association, served on our Board of Directors as well as a number of committees, and was currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer of our affiliate Directors Choice Credit Union. He was co-owner of member firm Riles & Woolley Funeral Home in Forestville.

Thomas H. McCarthy, passed away on March 10, 2020. Tom was an NYSFDA member and owner of Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home in Buffalo.

Joseph R. Donovan, passed away on February 25, 2020. Joseph was an NYSFDA member and owner and operator of Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen.

Daniel R. Foley, 46, passed away on February 22, 2020. Daniel was the husband of NYSFDA member Carrie Benedict Foley of Westchester Funeral Home. 

Dorothy Lorey, 88, passed away on February 17, 2020.  Dorothy was the mother of NSFDA member Charles Lorey, grandmother of NSFDA member and vice president, Michael J. Gorton Jr. and Christian Lorey. Dorothy is also survived by her "forever daughter-in-law" Dorothy Comodore.

Raymond C. Fuller, passed away on February 16, 2020. Raymond was the father of Thomas W. Fuller, Director of the Bureau of Funeral Directing.

Todd M. Pacer, 54, passed away on February 12, 2020.  Todd was the owner/manager of Pacer Funeral Home, Inc. in Buffalo.

Lawrence Allen Spaulding, 84, passed away on February 11, 2020.  Larry was the owner/manager of Spaulding Funeral Home in Malone. Larry also served as Franklin County Coroner for many years.

Noe Hamer, 42, passed away on February 6, 2020.  Noe was employed as a funeral director with T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home in Haverstraw and a current member of NYSFDA.

Gertrud "Trudy" Cunningham, 90, passed away on January 11, 2020.  She was the wife of the late Leland A. "Lee" Cunningham, second-generation owner, and step-mother of Curtis A. "Curt" Cunningham, retired third-generation owner of A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

John P. Maurer, 83, passed away on December 27, 2019. John was a President of NYSFDA member firm The Maurer Funeral Homes in Liverpool and Baldwinsville.

Margaret L. McCormack, 73, passed away on December 17, 2019. Peggy was Vice President of NYSFDA member firm J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home and her husband Bill served as NYSFDA president from 1991-92.

Vincent Lynn Lawyer, 26, passed away on December 14, 2019. Vince was a member of NYSFDA and funeral director with Buranich Funeral Home for 6 years.