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Richards Funeral Homes of the Mid-Hudson Valley Inc.
In 1965 Richard Vigilo Bought the former George H. Turner Funeral Home at 29 Bross Street, Cairo, New York beginning his long commitment to serving the residents of Greene and its surrounding counties.The roots of Richards Funeral Home of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc. began here.
However, the Funeral Home was not Richard's only venture at this time. He also established Richards Ambulance Service which served the local communities from 1965 - 1994.Over the years Richard a graduate of Temple University, Eckles College of Mortuary Science and Renaud's School of Embalming has used his training to care for those in their time of need.Seeing the necessity of having a Funeral Home to serve the population in the town of Athens , New York in 1971, Richard began to build a new funeral home at 26 North Vernon Avenue.
Richards Funeral Home in Athens opened in 1971 after being constructed by Richard's father Rocco who was a contractor. In 1974 Richard along his new partner Vincent J. Valenti with the help of Richard's father built and opened Valenti and Richards Funeral home in Hudson, New York. This funeral home was run successfully for many, until sold in 2007.
The W.C. Brady's Son Funeral Home was sold to Richards Funeral Home of the Mid-Hudson Valley in 1989. This enabled Richard and his staff to bring their high level of service to the town of Coxsackie, New York. In 1998 Richard was elected to the position of Greene County Coroner, a position he still holds today. Richard is still active on a daily basis in his funeral business, but he takes great pride in the efforts of the talented and caring individuals that work for him.
In the small towns were his Funeral Homes exist, he makes sure he takes care of the families he serves, as if they were part of his family. Richard often is heard saying that "We Are People caring for People". This has been Richard's way of life and what he instills in all who work for Richards Funeral Home of the Mid-Hudson Family, Inc.
W.C. Brady's Sons, Inc.
W.C. Brady's Sons, Inc., the oldest Funeral Home established in Greene County was founded in Athens, New York in 1840. It was established by George C. Brady. George C. Brady who began operating the business on Second St. in Athens, New York. In this location the business served area residents for many years. George was joined in serving area residents of Greene County's river towns by his son William E. Brady and son in law Benjamin C. Whiting of Athens, New York.
The new century brought changes in 1911, the Lampman Undertaking Co. of Coxsackie, New York was purchased by the Brady Family. William E. Brady decided to move to Coxsackie, New York to better serve the residents of this growing river town of Greene County. A location on Reed Street, Coxsackie, New York was established and operated for many years.
A new location was purchased in 1943 at the corner of Lafayette Ave and Mansion Street, Coxsackie, New York from it's previous residents the Bedell Family. The W.C. Brady's Sons, Inc. Funeral Home continues to operate from this location today.
As World War II ended a new generation of the Brady family took over the daily operation, as William E. Tremmel, William E. Brady's step son joined him in the business.1969 saw the closing the closing of their Athens location and the consolidation of all of the W. C. Brady's Sons, Inc. business in their Coxsackie, New York location.
W.C. Brady's Sons, Inc. after four generation and 149 years of operation was sold in 1989. The new owners Vincent J. Valenti and Richard Vigilo purchased the business from Mr. Tremmel to continue serving the residents in a way only a independently owned funeral home can provide, with the caring and compassion from knowing the town of Coxsackie and its families.