New York State Funeral Directors Association

Walter J. Kent

Funeral Director Les Grummons was at an Oneonta cemetery for a service one day when a 15 year-old local youth came over and introduced himself.

It was young Walter Kent, the son of the church’s secretary who’d picked up a job mowing lawns at the cemetery.

Image of Youth Participating in the Children's Fun Run During Katie's Run 2016

More than 1,500 people gathered for a 5-kilometer marathon in late June of 2016. Most – and likely all – learned about a vibrant, 11-year-old girl named Katie who lost a battle with Leukemia in 2008.

Katie McBrideDespite her short life, the daughter of a Long Island funeral director continues to impact her community and the lives of other children facing serious illness thanks to a foundation her family created in her honor.

Teddy Lee Entertains Youth at the World's Fair

People often recognize funeral directors for their soothing voice during difficult times. Some are complemented for how much they know about what to do when a loved one dies.

In May, a longtime New York mortician – known for both of these traits – will be honored for something completely unrelated to funeral directing.