Staff Directory

Once you request the services of Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams &  Edmunds Funeral Homes, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our Staff:

  




James W. Dimbleby



"I am proud of our service to the community, and grateful to continue the tradition started by our family over 75 years ago "

Jim Dimbleby is a Principal of the firm and has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 20 years. He is a third generation funeral director and began working in the funeral business as a teenager, with his father and grandfather.

Jim graduated from Whitesboro Central High School and later SUNY Canton ATC with an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science. He served his residency under his father’s supervision and became a New York State Licensed Funeral Director in 1987.

Jim is a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro, where he has been ordained a Deacon and Elder. He is a member of the Oriskany Lodge #799 F&AM where he served as Master of the Lodge in 1991 and 1994. Jim also serves on the Board of the Whitesboro Central High School Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Whitesboro Fire Department and is a current member of its Benevolent Association.

Jim lives in Deerfield with his wife Caroline. They have four children — Christine, a graduate of Ithaca College, and John, Hope & Hannah who are students in the Whitesboro Central School District.

 




John W. Dimbleby


Jack Dimbleby represents the second generation to guide the Dimbleby family business. He is a Principal of the firm and has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 45 years. Jack has been key to growing the business through the acquisition of funeral homes in Holland Patent, Old Forge and West Winfield, and through his association with the former Elwood T. Day Funeral Home in Utica. 

Jack graduated from Whitesboro High School. A talented trumpet player, together with several high school friends, founded a successful dance band called the Musical Demons. Following High School he was asked to join the nationally known Little John Beecher's Band, however, Jack enrolled in Utica College of Syracuse University, earning a Bachelors degree. While attending college, he also successfully completed the requirements to become a New York State Licensed Funeral Director in 1962. In addition to working with his father, Jack worked as a writer for a research company, taught classes, and worked for several area funeral directors. 

Jack is a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro and has been ordained a Deacon and Elder. He is a member of the Oriskany Lodge #799 F&AM, Yahnundasis Bodies AASR, Ziyara Temple AAONMS, and a life member of the Whitesboro Fire Department, and its Benevolent Assn. 

Jack is a lifelong Whitesboro resident and lives there with his wife Judy, who has worked alongside him for over 40 years. They have two daughters, Brenda Gilberti of Whitesboro and Jean Nelson of Maryland, and a son James W. Dimbleby who is the third generation to join the family business. They have eight grandchildren. Jack’s hobbies include music and collecting antique cars.

 




James C. Friedel



"I am privileged to help and serve each family we come in contact with during the difficult time that they are experiencing "

Jim Friedel is a Principal and Treasurer of the firm and has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 12 years. He is an active member of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

Jim graduated from New Hartford High School, later American International College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and The Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse.

Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the Presbyterian Home of Central New York. He is also a member of the St. Elizabeth Foundation in Utica, St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, the Utica Curling Club and participates in the Ride for Missing Children.

Jim lives in New Hartford with his wife Jennifer, their daughter Ella, son Daniel and daughter, Claire. He loves to spend time with family and friends and also enjoys biking, skiing, boating and curling.




Stewart H. Williams



"It is a good feeling to know that we have helped a family through a very difficult time in their lives"

Stew Williams has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 34 years. He is an active member of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

Stew graduated from Utica Free Academy, later Gettysburg College, and The Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse where he was awarded the American Board of Funeral Service Education Scholarship. Prior to beginning his career in funeral service, he was a teacher in Adams, Massachusetts and served in the United States Army Reserves.

Stew is a member of the Rotary Club of Utica, where he has served as President and was twice awarded Paul Harris Fellowships. He has served as Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, and President of the St. David’s Welsh Society. Stew is a member of the Utica Lodge #47 F&AM, the Yahnundasis Bodies AASR, and Ziyara Temple AAONMS where he was Potentate in 1995. He is also a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Refugee Support Committee.

Stew lives in Holland Patent with his wife Esther. They have four children and three grandchildren. He is a lifelong tennis player, and has enjoyed climbing several high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains with his three sons.




Donald A. Edmunds



"I am grateful to help the families that we serve in a way that provides them a meaningful tribute for their loved ones "

Don Edmunds is a Principal of the firm and has been associated with it as a Licensed Funeral Director for over 35 years. He is an active member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and serves as a Trustee of its PrePlan fund, which manages nearly $530M in prepaid monies. 

Don graduated from Utica Free Academy and the Mortuary Science program at Hudson Valley Community College. 

Don is a member of the Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation, the Philanthropy Committee of the House of the Good Shepherd, and the Utica Curling Club. Don is also a member of the Oriental-Faxton Lodge #224 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Ziyara Temple AAONMS, and St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford. 

Don lives in New Hartford with his wife the former Jennifer Friedel and their children Matthew, Sarah and Marykate.


Albert J. Abdulla



"It is very rewarding to be able to help our families through the most difficult times in their lives"

Albert J. Abdulla has been a New York State Licensed Funeral Director for most of his adult life; Al plays a vital role in the day to day operations of the funeral homes six locations. His knowledge on cremation has put him in the forefront of creating meaningful and memorable services for the many families who choose cremation that we are privileged to care for. He is also a Certified Crematory operator, and is a member of the Cremation Association of North America; He has had the honor of attending several Cremation Association of America conferences all around the country and has been able to successfully put together a meaningful program for us to offer to the cremation families that we are honored to serve. Al is also a member of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, where he served as past president for six years, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. 

Al Graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1979, and Mohawk Valley Community College where he has a Degree in Business. He also graduated at the top of his class from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. He served his residency with the Miller Funeral Homes in Rochester, NY. 

Al is a board member of Hospice Care’s Siegenthaler Center and serves on the Siegenthaler Center’s Fund Raising Committee. He is a member of St. Louis Gonzaga Church in Utica. He lives in Utica with his wife Robin. They have a daughter Victoria who is a graduate of Siena College in Albany and the college of Saint Rose in Albany where she received a Masters degree in education. Al enjoys traveling with his family especially to New York City, Las Vegas and Florida. He also enjoys spending his free time at his family’s summer home on Oneida Lake. 

 




Paul Hawthorne




Retiring in 2002 from a successful career in law enforcement with NYS, Paul began working for several local funeral homes. His interest in the field of funeral service led him to enroll at Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse. He received his degree in 2005, graduating at the top of his class. Paul served his residency with Autenrith Funeral Home in Newport, NY, and continued to work at several local funeral homes prior to joining Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes.

Paul is a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Barneveld, where he serves on the vestry and as Lay Eucharistic Minister. He and his wife, Doreen, live in Newport with their two Siamese cats. Leisure activities are likely to include kayaking, SCUBA diving, photography, and amateur radio.

Paul considers himself fortunate that he was asked to join the family of professionals at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds in the spring of 2010.

 




Thomas Groves




Tom graduated from Whitesboro Central School with Jack Dimbleby after being in the same class since kindergarten. He attended The Crane School of Music as a trombone major, and later The Simmons School of Embalming.

After spending two years in Germany with the US Army, he returned to the Utica area, working with several local funeral homes. He later graduated from the nursing program at Mohawk Valley Community College, and is now a charge nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital and a supervisor at the Loretto Utica Center.

Tom has been a past Master of Baron Steuben Lodge #264 in Lee Center and North Woods Lodge #849 in Old Forge, and past Assistant Grand Lecturer for the 2nd Oneida District, F&AM. He has also been Past Patron of Old Forge Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He is also active in Hamilton College and the Community Oratorio Society, and is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Whitesboro.

Tom’s wife Barbara is also a registered nurse and a Deacon in the Episcopal church. Together they have three children: Laura Cooper of Old Forge, Cathy Schafer of Manlius, and Tom, serving with the US Navy in Brunswick, ME.




Rich Kozlowski




Rich Kozlowski graduated from Thousand Islands High School; received an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from SUNY Canton ATC and has been an active funeral director in the area for over 12 years.

Rich is a member of the Tri County Funeral Directors, William E. Burke Council 189 Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart/Saint Mary’s Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in New York Mills.

Rich lives in Yorkville with his wife Krista and daughter, Margaret. He loves spending time with his family and friends and also enjoys camping, motorcycling, attending car shows and working on and collecting classic cars in his spare time.




Connie Schroth

Office Manager




Constance (Connie) Race Schroth has been our Office Manager since 2004. Her pleasant personality and demeanor, organizational skills and expert knowledge are very important to our firm and enable us to provide outstanding service to our families. 

Connie graduated from Holland Patent High School; received her Associates Degree from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and her Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam. In 2008, Connie was awarded the Pride of Workmanship Award from The Rotary Club of Utica, NY. 

Connie and her husband John have a son, John S. “Jack” and a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth; she also enjoys reading, hiking, sports events, opera and the arts.




Wendy Page

Administrative Assistant




Wendy Page has been our Administrative Assistant since 2006. 

Her attention to detail, creativity and willingness to go that extra mile make her a valuable addition to our staff. 

She graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a BSBA in Accounting. She is a Girl Scout leader in the Whitesboro area, and enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, crocheting, and reading in her off time. She has been married to Leroy Page for 21 years and has three children, Erin, Michelle, and Julie, two of whom are in college.

 

 

New Hartford
13 Oxford Road
New Hartford, NY 13413
315 724 6105
Whitesboro
40 Main Street
Whitesboro, NY 13492
315 736 2419
Utica
1123 Court Street
Utica, NY 13502
315 732 1163
West Winfield
365 West Main Street
West Winfield, NY 13491
315 822 3111
Holland Patent
7944 Steuben Street
Holland Patent, NY 13354
315 865 5411
Old Forge
128 Fern Avenue
Old Forge, NY 13420
315 369 3014

 

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