Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home Staff

Our Families Say:
Dear Paul,
Thank you and your staff for assisting my family and me throughout the days before and during Jack’s funeral. Your availability, your presence, and your guidance gave us a funeral with which we were comfortable. At this emotional time, we depend on you for the large matters and the details.
Thanks,
Cecelia Macauley

Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family

Paul and Staff,
We just wanted to thank you so much for helping us get through the past few days. This is not something anybody ever wants to deal with, but you were kind, helpful, loving, and thought of everything. We knew we had nothing to worry about.
Thank you again,
Marianne Crist’s Family

Dear Paul,
This note is just to express my appreciation for the way Paul Feingold’s funeral was conducted. You demonstrated concern, understanding, and certainly skill in handling all area. Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Marsha Franklin-Feingold

Dear Paul, and Staff,
My sister Janice and I, and our families, would like to express our appreciation to all of you for your guidance, patience, and compassion during the planning of mom’s funeral and the viewing and funeral itself. Everything was lovely. Mom would have been so pleased! Janice and I didn’t have to fret and/or worry about anything. Thank you so very much for that!
Sincerely,
Carol and Chuck Lewis
Janice and Mike Augustine

Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito

Dear Paul and staff,
I would like to thank you for your assistance, guidance, and compassion during the funeral arrangements for my brother, Tom Guido. Your help was much appreciated and the service was lovely.
Sincerely,
Louise Jones
Family of Tom “Topsy” Guido.

Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Love
Anne Greco & son Tony

Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!

"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning

Paul,
I can’t thank you enough for the professional services you did for my father. Everything was done with so much dignity and care & professionalism, other funeral homes can’t compare! I had so many compliments from people saying that it was the nicest service they have ever seen. My many thanks to you again. You are truly the best funeral business in the area!

Michael A. Mottsey

Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard

Dear Paul,
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!

Paul and Staff,
Thank you for making a difficult situation a whole lot easier. You have a fantastic group that did a wonderful job. Professional and caring.
God Bless,
The Grant family

Paul and Staff,
Thank you so much for your kindness in helping us through this time. We appreciate all that you did and for the attention to detail when we didn’t know what we needed.
All the best,
The Peck Family,
Mary Peck, Kathleen Peck Emig, and Suzanne Fair

Paul and Staff,
We would like to share our very heart- warming personal experience we have recently had with the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home.
As our family was faced with the inevitable sadness at the loss of our loved one, Michael Welch (brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle), the support from the beginning to the end was above any expectations we could have ever imagined. The compassion and professionalism along with the presentation by the entire staff of Simpson-Gaus was amazing and truly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this journey as smooth and worry-free as you have with such grace and dignity.
Fondly,
The Welch and Polacco Family of Michael Welch

Dear Paul,
My thanks to you for your help, sensitivity, and kindness during the most difficult time in my life.
With much appreciation for everything,
Helene Crohn

Dear Paul and Staff,
Many thanks for all of your help and caring during Jack’s services. Obviously, I couldn’t have managed the days without you. I am very appreciative you were great right up to the last day.
Thanks again,
Jack Grogan’s family

Dear Paul,
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!

Paul,
I want to thank you and the whole Simpson-Gaus team for flawlessly executing all of the elements of my mom’s funeral service. Your advice and counsel regarding each aspect of the service allowed us to choose what worked best, while adhering to traditions and family wishes. Your attention to detail allowed us to focus on the event, knowing that everything was taken care of.
This was a large relief during a very difficult few days.
Thank you again for the compassion and professionalism extended during my Mom’s final celebration.
Sincerely,
The Carubba family

Dear Paul and Staff,
Thank you so very much for all of the thought and care that you put into the funeral for Simon Pulchin , as well as all of the other individuals that are served by your establishment. Thank you for the kindness, compassion, quality, and respectful care you provide.
Sincerely,
Tara Dupont

For over 50 years our family cares for yours...
 

1953: Frank and Julia Guido Simpson began a tradition of dedicated service to our community.

1981: The Gaus family continued serving our families.

2011: Paul Hammerl continues the legacy started by Frank and Julie.

 A COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE SERVICE CONTINUES...
 

Paul R. Hammerl

Paul is a native New Yorker, having been born and raised in Buffalo. After taking a death and dying course in college, Paul became interested in funeral service. Enrolling and graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Paul became New York State licensed in 1989. He also attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Medaille College in New York.

In 1998, Paul moved to Fairfield County in Connecticut where he first managed the Raymond Funeral Home in Norwalk and then the Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan. Always having desired to own and operate his own funeral home, Paul purchased the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home in November of 2011.

In March of 2018, Paul purchased a second funeral home, the Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz.

Paul is currently a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, where he serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a Parish Council board member. He is also a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus (Kingston Council #275) where he is a fourth degree knight, and both the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Paul lives above the funeral home and when he is not serving the community, he enjoys restoring various art deco artifacts and classic cars.

 

Steve Williams

Steve is a native Kingstonian, having been born and raised here. The son of the Late Gilbert C. and Mary (Hickey) Williams, Steve became interested in Funeral Service at the age of 11 following the funeral of his father. “This was the gift that my father gave to me through his death.“

After attending Ulster County Community College, Steve pursued his degree at Simmons institute for Funeral Service in Syracuse, New York, where he received an associate’s degree in Occupational Studies in Funeral Service Arts and Science. While attending Simmons Institute, Steve served as Vice-President and later President of the Sigma-Phi-Sigma Fraternity. Under his leadership, he organized food drives for Ronald Mc Donald House in Syracuse.

Following his residency, Steve became a licensed Funeral Director in 2001. Since then, he has worked at various funeral homes and more recently has worked part-time for Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home. In February of 2018, Steve joined the Simpson-Gaus family as a full-time employee. Steve currently holds membership in both the New York State Funeral Directors Association as well as the National Funeral Directors Association.

Through his affiliation with the 156 Field Artillery Association, Steve is a volunteer with the local Wounded Warrior Weekend project that is held at Joyce Schrick Post 1386 V.F.W. He is also a member of the White Eagle Benevolent Society and the Mannerchor and Damenchor of Kingston.

Steve resides with his family in Port Ewen, New York. In his free time, he enjoys, collecting Football and Boxing memorabilia, as well as cooking and music.

 

 

 

 

Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home
Serving Families Since 1953
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Paul R. Hammerl and Robert J. Gaus
Our facility can accommodate seating for over 125. Has three rooms for visitation, funeral services, or viewings.