New York State Funeral Directors Association

ALBANY, NY (August 17, 2016) - Walter J. Kent, owner of the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in Elmira, was installed as President of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA) at the organization's annual convention which concluded on August 17, 2016, in Rochester, NY.

Walter J. KentA New York State licensed funeral director since 1981 and a certified funeral celebrant, Kent will serve for the 2016-2017 term.

The 1980 graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science is active in his profession, serving previously as a regional governor and as a regional director of NYSFDA; and currently is the Vice-Chair of Directors Choice Credit Union.

Kent is also a member and past president and treasurer of the Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association (FLFDA), and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. Before founding his own funeral home in 2003, Kent worked for more than twenty years in funeral service.

In his community, Kent is a Board member of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee and Finance Committee member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elmira, a former Board member with Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, and founded TLC Limo in 2011.

Kent resides in Elmira with his wife of 31 years, Diane. His son, Tyler, also a NYS licensed funeral director who works with him, was elected in 2015 to serve as Treasurer for the FLFDA. Tyler and his wife, Ellen, also call Elmira home.

Founded in 1889, NYSFDA's mission is to promote the highest standards of funeral service to the public and to enhance the environment in which its members operate. More than 900 member firms and 3300 licensed funeral directors who operate across the state belong to the New York State Funeral Directors Association. In addition to maintaining a website at, NYSFDA also publishes brochures and information which educate and inform consumers about end-of-life issues.