Meet The Directors

Walter J. Kent 
Owner & Professionally Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed in May of 1981


Tyler E. Kent
Professionally Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed in February of 2014

Our funeral home is owned and operated by the founder, Walter J. Kent and his son, Tyler E. Kent.  In addition to the two directors, our staff consists of our office manager, Shari, along with several members of the Elmira community who work as service attendants. Those visiting will always find someone to help you in the parking  lot, open the doors for you, and assist in any way necessary during your time with us.

Our community is defined by the support we have for each other. We are very grateful to have the support of our staff, who in turn help us to support our families.

In the summer of 2015, Walter was elected as President-Elect of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. This continues a five year commitment; he will serve as President of the Association in 2016 and remain involved until 2019.

Walter is a Certified Funeral Celebrant as of June 2015. As a certified celebrant, Walter will assist a family to develop a funeral that celebrates the unique life of a loved one and then officiate services at the funeral at the funeral home or other gathering place and/or the graveside. 

Tyler was elected in March of 2015 to serve as Treasurer for the local Finger Lakes Funeral Director's Association.

Being involved in the governance structure of our state association gives Walter & Tyler insight into the changing nature of our profession along with opportunities to gather more resources and information to better serve our families.