Hammill Funeral Home has been serving the North Country since 1918.
Michael K. Goodman- Licensed Funeral Director
A native of North Tonawanda, Michael, graduated from North Tonawanda Senior High School in 1973. After high school, he went to Niagara County Community College for one year. He went to work at the Exolon Company in Tonawanda and then went to work for Niagara Frontier Services in Buffalo, managing a store on Grand Island. He then left his employment to pursue his dream of being a funeral director by graduating from SUNY at Canton with a degree in Mortuary Science. He moved back to the Buffalo area and served his residency with the Carlton A. Ullrich Funeral Home in Buffalo. He served as a funeral director at Beach-Tyun Funeral Home, Inc. in Williamsville, when he received word from friends in Canton that the Hammill Funeral Home was for sale. Loving the North Country during college, he knew that Winthrop was the place to raise a family and bought the funeral home in 1982. In 1997, he was a partner in the purchase of the former Harris Funeral Home building in St. Regis Falls, which became Bassett Funeral Home, then became the sole owner in 2007, and changed the name to Hammill Funeral Home.
Michael is married to the former Patricia Truesdell and they have two children, Julia and Jonathan. Patti now serves as the Office Manager/President of the business.
He is a member of the Brasher Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department, a member and past president of Tri Town Chamber of Commerce, a member of Quad Town Lions Club, a member and past president of the St. Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association, a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and a Life Member of HOG, Inc. and a Endowment Member of the NRA.
Together they enjoy the outdoors, motorcycling and time with family and friends
Julia A. (Goodman) O'Brien-Licensed Funeral Director; Certified Celebrant, Life Tribute Professional
A native of Winthrop, and currently resides in Brasher Falls with her husband, Michael S. O'Brien; Julia grew up in the funeral business, helping as a child move flowers and inspecting all aspects of the funeral service. She graduated from St. Lawrence Central School in 2004, and then attended SUNY at Canton where she received her degree in Mortuary Science. In 2010, she became the Manager of the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.
She served her residency with the Eannace Funeral Home in Utica and was asked to remain after receiving her funeral directors license. She received excellent teaching on how to be a competitive businesswoman in a male-oriented business. Julia has now brought her acquired skills back to Winthrop. Her personable attitude and hard work ethic have been a complement to her attraction to be present to people, versatile in her abilities and one who proudly serves her community and profession with distinction. With her training as a Certified Celebrant, Julia can provide a funeral service, memorial service or tribute that will be personalized to the personality and life-style of the deceased. Her expertise in guidance and consulting will help your family plan a meaningful funeral to honor your loved one.
She is a In-Sight Institute, Certified Celebrant, Life Tribute Professional, a NYSFDA Leadership Academy Graduate, on the NYSFDA Bridge Commission ; an Independent Consultant, District Manager for Arbonne International and is a member and Vice President of the St. Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, Alpha Chi Omicron Sorority, and a Assistant Coach for Girls JV Softball at St. Lawrence Central.
Julia enjoys music, sports, traveling, spending time at camp in the Adirondacks and has a love for animals.
Jonathan M. Goodman- Funeral Assistant
Jonathan also grew up in the family funeral business, helping where he was needed. He attended SUNY@Canton and then went to Paul Smiths College, studying Culinary Arts. He has worked at Ducci's Restaurant in Brasher Falls,Village Bakery and Mr. Mike's Pizza in Lake Placid. He moved back to Winthrop to assist in the family business. He currently resides in Winthrop.