Local Items Of Interest
2011 RGVFDA Annual Banquet and Golf Tournament
On Monday May 23, 2011 the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association held their annual banquet and golf tournament at Eagle Vale Golf Course. Many members and suppliers participated in the golf tournament as well as the dinner and awards that followed. The RGVFDA President, Tiffany Morley, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Karen Swartz, wife of Don Swartz, who passed away in March of 2011. Many of our members remember Don as an active participant in our meetings as well as being the owner of Bond Davis Funeral Home in Bath, NY. Elections of officers and board members were also held at the annual banquet. All nominees ran un-opposed; the results are as follows, Richard Harris - President Elect, Mark Stephens - Board Member, Denise Williams - Board Member, Francis "Joe" Martin - Board Member, Matthew Miller - President. Tiffany Morley will remain an active member of the board, as Past-President as well as the coordinator of Continuing Education. The Board of Directors would like to thank Tiffany for her outstanding job as president for her term and look forward to working with her in the future.
President Tiffany Morley, presents the Life Time Achievement Award
to Karen Swartz, wife of Don Swartz
Some Pictures of the Gold Tournament
Crypt Purchased for Unclaimed Cremated Remains
On August 27, 2009, the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association purchased a single crypt at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, NY, to safely house unclaimed cremated remains (cremains) for member funeral firms. Several member funeral firms have had unclaimed cremains stored in their funeral homes for decades. New York State Law states cremated remains that have not been claimed at the funeral home by a relative or friend of the deceased person within one hundred twenty days from the date of cremation, may be disposed of by placement in a tomb, mausoleum, crypt, niche in a columbarium, burial in a cemetery, or scattering of the remains at sea. The Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association opted for the crypt for ease of the removal of cremains as needed. This single crypt purchased is an unmarked crypt from which, for an opening fee, a family or friend can come forward and have the funeral home that placed the cremains in the crypt obtain them. Cremains will only be released with the permission of the funeral home that placed them.
On a beautiful, hot and sunny day, June 2, 2010, the crypt was opened for the first time and 43 unclaimed cremains were placed inside by (4) member funeral firms. The member firms paid a small fee of $30 for each cremains’ temporary container and/or urn to be placed. This placement was overseen by the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association Secretary/Treasurer, James Murray and Past President, Francis “Joe” Martin, Jr. White Haven Memorial Park has a list of the cremains and the funeral homes placing them, but the location or other information will not be available to the public.
Cremains will be placed annually in crypt on the month of June. The single crypt will accommodate a total of 140 – 144 cremains. White Haven Memorial Park has a “Supplier Membership” with the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.
Donations Made to Local Hospices December of 2010
This holiday season, the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association will graciously donate $100 to each hospice in our service region. This holiday gift will be given to 12 hospices in Monroe County, 2 hospices in Livingston County, 4 hospices in Ontario County, 1 hospice in Wayne County and 2 hospices in Genesee County. These donations have been a long standing tradition by the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, with hopes that these small gestures will brighten someone’s day.
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