New York State Funeral Directors Association

We pause and reflect on the family and friends of NYSFDA who have passed away in 2017. 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 2017

Stephan N. Steinberg has passed away. Stephan was the brother of Past President of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association and current Board member Franklin O.L. Steinberg. Stephan was co-owner of Sunset Chapels of Manhassett, New York.

Peter Michael Connell, of M.A. Connell Funeral Home, in Huntington Station, passed away on April 20, 2017. Peter was long-time NYSFDA member and a pillar of his community as recognized in the Long-Islander News last year.

Doris D. Bell, 95, passed away on January 29, 2017. Doris was the co-founder of Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, Inc. in Brooklyn.

Frederick Kellogg Gifford III, 57, died suddenly on February 28, 2017. Fred was a licensed funeral director and a Sales Representative with The Dodge Company.

Joseph (Joe) Price, 87, went home to the Lord peacefully on February 23, 2017. He was the father of Nora Nolan and father-in-law of FDSS Board Member, Mark J. Nolan, of Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport.

John P. "Jack" Moloney, 81, passed away on February 12, 2017. Jack was a funeral director for over 60 years, proudly serving Central Islip at Moloney Family Funeral Homes.

Stephen G. Murphy, 74, passed away on January 30, 2017. Steve was a graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science and the former owner of Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapel in Ontario, NY.

Janet M. Jillson, 59, passed away on January 27, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Janet was the wife of Jay T. Jillson of Jillson Funeral Home in Whitehall.

Mike Dodge, (legally named George B. Dodge, Jr.), died on Sunday, January 29, 2017 after declining health for the last few years. He happily spent most of his life as the Vice President and Treasurer of The Dodge Company.

Kathleen E. McVeigh Redpath, 78, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Kathy was the beloved sister of NYSFDA Past President and Government Affairs Committee Chairman William E. McVeigh of McVeigh Funeral Home in Albany, NY.