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Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

 

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John W. Dimbleby Licensed Funeral Director

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 55 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 45 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.

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James W. Dimbleby Licensed Funeral Director

Jim Dimbleby is a Principal of the firm and has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 30 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 is a member emeritus of 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. He has four children — daugher and son-in-law, Christine McLear and Darius Romero of Albany; son, John Dimbleby, who after completing his year of Residency will represent the fourth generation in the firm; and twin daughters Hope and Hannah Dimbleby who are students in the Whitesboro Central School District.

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Albert J. Abdulla Licensed Funeral Director

Albert J. Abdulla has been a New York State Licensed Funeral Director for most of his adult life; Al plays a vital role in managing the day to day operations of the funeral homes four 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. 

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Richard S. Kozlowski Licensed Funeral Director

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.

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Thomas F. Groves Licensed Funeral Director

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.

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Dominick J. Cittadino Licensed Funeral Director

Dominick, is a resident of Marcy, NY for the past 38 years.  Husband of the late Andrea Palczynski Cittadino, a parishioner of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Whitesboro, for 50 years.  Dominick is the father of four children and six grandchildren.

A native of Clinton, NY, he is a graduate of Clinton Central High School and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY.  Dominick proudly served with the US Army during the Vietnam era.  

Dominick was associated with a funeral home in Utica for nearly 20 years, and currently affiliated with Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc. For the past 35 years, Dominick has been honored to serve with the Dimbleby family, and the communities of Whitesboro, West Winfield, Old Forge, and Holland Patent.

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John W. Dimbleby Resident Funeral Director

John Dimbleby, a resident of Deerfield, is proud to continue the service to the community through his involvement in the family owned funeral home, founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

John is a 2013 graduate of Whitesboro Central High School, where he was a captain of the wrestling team.  He furthered his education at SUNY Canton, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2017.  He has successfully completed the National Board Examination, and is about to begin a one year Residency with Dimbleby Funeral Homes, inc.  After completing his residency, and completing the NY State requirements, John looks forward to becoming the fourth generation of his family to work in the business.  

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Constance (Connie) Race Schroth Office Manager

Connie has been our Office Manager for over a decade.  She has been, and continues to be, a great asset to our firm.  Connie has great organizational skills, vast knowledge and a pleasant personality.

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.

John W. Dimbleby

Licensed Funeral Director
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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 55 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 45 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 W. Dimbleby

Licensed Funeral Director
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Jim Dimbleby is a Principal of the firm and has been a Licensed Funeral Director for over 30 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 is a member emeritus of 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. He has four children — daugher and son-in-law, Christine McLear and Darius Romero of Albany; son, John Dimbleby, who after completing his year of Residency will represent the fourth generation in the firm; and twin daughters Hope and Hannah Dimbleby who are students in the Whitesboro Central School District.

Albert J. Abdulla

Licensed Funeral Director
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Albert J. Abdulla has been a New York State Licensed Funeral Director for most of his adult life; Al plays a vital role in managing the day to day operations of the funeral homes four 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. 

Richard S. Kozlowski

Licensed Funeral Director
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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.

Thomas F. Groves

Licensed Funeral Director
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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.

Dominick J. Cittadino

Licensed Funeral Director
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Dominick, is a resident of Marcy, NY for the past 38 years.  Husband of the late Andrea Palczynski Cittadino, a parishioner of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Whitesboro, for 50 years.  Dominick is the father of four children and six grandchildren.

A native of Clinton, NY, he is a graduate of Clinton Central High School and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY.  Dominick proudly served with the US Army during the Vietnam era.  

Dominick was associated with a funeral home in Utica for nearly 20 years, and currently affiliated with Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc. For the past 35 years, Dominick has been honored to serve with the Dimbleby family, and the communities of Whitesboro, West Winfield, Old Forge, and Holland Patent.

John W. Dimbleby

Resident Funeral Director
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John Dimbleby, a resident of Deerfield, is proud to continue the service to the community through his involvement in the family owned funeral home, founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

John is a 2013 graduate of Whitesboro Central High School, where he was a captain of the wrestling team.  He furthered his education at SUNY Canton, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2017.  He has successfully completed the National Board Examination, and is about to begin a one year Residency with Dimbleby Funeral Homes, inc.  After completing his residency, and completing the NY State requirements, John looks forward to becoming the fourth generation of his family to work in the business.  

Constance (Connie) Race Schroth

Office Manager
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Connie has been our Office Manager for over a decade.  She has been, and continues to be, a great asset to our firm.  Connie has great organizational skills, vast knowledge and a pleasant personality.

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.