New York State Funeral Directors Association

We pause and reflect on the family and friends of NYSFDA who have passed away. 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 2021

William Henry Cassidy, 73, passed away on September 29, 2021. William was Owner and Operator of NYSFDA member firm Cassidy Funeral Home in Mineola.

Peg A. Wilsey, 90, passed away on August 25, 2021. Peg was the mother of NYSFDA members Jack, Mark and Eric Wilsey of Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Saugerties.

James P. Nolan, Jr., 81, passed away on July 2, 2021. Jim was an NYSFDA Past President and father of current NYSFDA Board member Mark J. Nolan, both of NYSFDA member firm Nolan Funeral Home, Inc. in Northport.

Sara A. Powell passed away on June 22, 2021. Sara was the mother of NYSFDA Past President Wesley A. (Andy) Powell of Powell Funeral Home, Inc. in Amityville. 

Vincent S. LoIacono passed away on May 26, 2021. Vincent was a long-time funeral industry professional, retiring in 2017 from the Batesville Casket Company.

Jean E. Smith passed away on May 25, 2021. Jean was the mother of NYSFDA member Joe Smith of Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc. in Mahopac.

Pamela Long Nolan, 80, passed away on May 22, 2021. Pamela was the wife of NYSFDA Past President James P. Nolan, Jr. and mother of current NYSFDA Board member Mark J. Nolan, both of NYSFDA member firm Nolan Funeral Home, Inc. in Northport.

Robert W. Shaver, Sr., 79 passed away. Robert was a long-time Funeral Director in the Rochester area and a past president of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.

Maynard D. Baker, Sr., 91, passed away on April 19, 2021. Maynard was the former owner of NYSFDA member firm Alexander-Baker Funeral Home in Warrensburg, NY.

Mrs. Jacqueline L. Stewart, 89, passed away March 25, 2021. Mrs. Stewart was a long-time employee at the family owned NYSFDA member firm Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home in Gloversville, NY. 

G. Brian Roberts, 77, passed away on March 21, 2021. Brian was a well-respected funeral director and most recently was a consultant with NYSFDA member firm Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home in East Amherst, NY. He served as President of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, and his father (George J. Roberts) was a Past President of the NYSFDA.

C. Bruce Wetmore, 82, passed away on March 13, 2021. Bruce was a long time NYSFDA member and former co-owner of Carleton Funeral Home in Hudson Falls, NY.

James C. Magee, 64, passed away on March 11, 2021. James was in the funeral services industry for more than 40 years and worked for several NYSFDA member firms before retiring in 2018.

Howard M. Boniface Jr., 77, passed away on January 23, 2021. Howard was a long time and beloved employee of NYSFDA member firm Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc. in Rensselaer, NY.

Joseph R. Noll, 68, passed away on January 22, 2021. Joseph was the owner of NYSFDA member firm Macken Mortuary in Rockville Centre, NY.