New York State Funeral Directors Association

Jamie Turcotte Nevins and Father Joseph J. Turcotte of Flynn Bros. Funeral Home in Schuylerville and Greenwich, NY

I knew I wanted to be a funeral director from the time I was in eighth grade.

When I was younger, I enjoyed taking the long trips to far away cemeteries with my father, even though he was a man of few words and there wasn’t a radio in the hearse. I simply enjoyed being by his side and watching him work.

I grew up living at the funeral home.

Silhouette of a Dad and Daughter

I distinctly remember the day I told my father I wanted to continue my education and obtain my funeral director’s license, never thinking I would make a lifetime career out of it.

My father never encouraged - nor dissuaded - any of his children from entering the family business.

So, my coming to him with this request was unanticipated.

Funeral Director Dean Burns and his children, Tim and Virginia

When pursuing life’s work or destiny, there is always a lot of second guessing if one made the right choices.

My business career actually started when I was eleven years old - I inherited my brother's paper route.

I later recognized, in my adult life, that I developed two traits that I needed to follow to be happy.

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