New York State Funeral Directors Association

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Rest in Peace James Barnhart

By early May of 2015, James Barnhart is preparing to leave his hometown in Upstate New York for two months. It would be the final step in his career as a funeral director.

After working 51 years straight, exactly what a 60-day vacation might mean wasn’t yet defined.

“I’ve never been away that long,” said Barnhart, who expects to be playing golf when he gets to Myrtle Beach with his wife, Carol, who handled administrative work in the C.H. Landers Funeral Home office for 39 years.

Deadly Crash into Funeral Home Draws Help from Neighbors 

It didn’t take long for staff at a Chautauqua County, NY funeral home to realize the impact they’ve had on their community after a pickup truck smashed into their facility in late December.

Funeral director Gary Kindberg, the firm’s president, was among three injured at the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown, southwest of Buffalo, after a man passed away while behind the wheel and careened into the home on Dec. 29, 2014.

Former New York State Funeral Directors Association President Scott B. Anthony, CFSP, CCO, is engaged in a campaign to serve as Secretary of the National Funeral Directors Association. Scott Anthony CFSP, CCO

Co-owner of Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels in Rochester, Anthony is a longtime member of the NYSFDA - considered one of the largest state-level funeral director associations in the nation.

He has volunteered his time in several positions within groups aimed at improving the profession.