Our Excellent Staff

We have been blessed over the past 68 years to find and develop staff members of the highest character and dedication to their profession.

Whether you’re dealing with our licensed funeral directors or support staff members, we believe in making you feel comfortable, cared for and confident in our ability to serve you. We’re proud of the continuing service and commitment our staff provides our Client families each and every day.


Licensed Funeral Directors

Richard P. Harris, "Rick Sr.", President/CEO and Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: richardpharris@harrisfuneralhome.com

Richard P. Harris – a resident of Webster – is a 1969 graduate of Franklin High School, a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale, and a NYS Licensed Funeral Director since 1972. He is a member of the Irondequoit Rotary and Knights of Columbus, volunteers at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church functions, and is a parishioner of Christ the King Church. Mr. Harris is married to his sweetheart, Billie Harris. They have two sons, Michael and Rick Jr. . as well as 5 grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Hudson, Holden and Hayden. When on break from work, he loves to cook for his family, play golf, ride motorcycles, and travel on his boat with his wife.

Rick Harris Jr., COO & Licensed Funeral Home Manager
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: 
rick@harrisfuneralhome.com

Rick was inspired to pursue a career in funeral service during his early years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. A resident of Webster, Rick graduated from West Irondequoit High School in 1997 and wrestled throughout his career. He received his A.A.S in Mortuary Science from the State University of New York at Canton in 1999; and has been a NYS Licensed Funeral Director since 2000. In 2009, he co-founded Pets at Peace Memorial Cremation Services which he now serves at President and C.E.O. Rick is a parishioner of Christ the King Church, and volunteers with St. Josaphats Ukrainian Catholic Church functions. When he’s not working, Rick loves to play all sports and works out on a daily basis. Boxing, golf, and coaching his sons t-ball team are just a few activities he enjoys. Rick is married to his wife, Amanda and they have 3 children,  identical twin boys, Hudson & Holden , and Hayden.  Rick has also received his certification as a Certified Funeral Celebrant and is a former President of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.

David Shaw, Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: daveshaw@harrisfuneralhome.com                                                                  

A resident of Penfield, David is a 1980 graduate of Gouverneur High School, Gouverneur, NY. David graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1988 and has been a NYS Licensed Funeral Director since 1989. He also holds a Funeral Director’s License in the State of Pennsylvania. David has been married to his wife Tina since 1983 and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah and three beautiful grandchildren, Elsie Jo, Gideon David and Thaddeus Roy. David is a member of the Church of the Nazarene. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family and just enjoying the outdoors.


Philip F. Profetta, Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: philprofetta@harrisfuneralhome.com

Philip F. Profetta, a resident of Webster, NY for many years. Graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1959 and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1962. A New York State Licensed Funeral Director for 46 years. He is the son of the late Philip Profetta Sr. and Josephine (Sue) Profetta. Married to Nancy Stone in February of 1964, they had two children, Philip Michael Profetta and Jennine Marie (Profetta) Proietti and three grandchildren Anthony, Alyssa and Zachary Proietti. Phil joined the staff of Paul W. Harris Funeral in October of 2010. He is a member of Webster Bible Church, where he served on the Deacon Board, Sunday School Supervisor and sang in the church choir. He also serves on the Board of West Webster Cemetery and was a lifetime member of the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club.

Natasha Kurowski, Licensed Funeral Director and Care Center Manager
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com

Natasha grew up in Webster, NY., where she still resides today.  She graduated from R.L. Thomas High School in 1989.  After obtaining a degree in Optical Engineering Technology in 1992, she began her employment with the Xerox Corporation in Webster.  After an unexpected lay-off in 2001, she pursued a career in funeral service, and obtained her license in 2003.  Natasha loves helping other people and spends her free time attending concerts and enjoying life with her family, friends.


Patrick M. Ghostlaw Sr., Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: pat@harrisfuneralhome.com

Patrick is originally from Fort Covington, New York and graduated from Salmon River Central School. After high school, Pat went onto Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated  in 1996. After becoming certified in New York, he moved to Elmira, NY to accept a position as a NY Resident Funeral Director with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. In 1999, He moved to Ithaca, NY to manage the Herson Funeral Home and was recognized by the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing as the youngest Licensed Manager in NYS.  In 2003 Patrick returned to Elmira to manage the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  In 2005, Patrick moved his family to Rochester and started Finger Lakes Funeral Services which assisted area funeral homes with day-to-day operations. 

In addition to his profession, Patrick enjoys giving back to the communities by volunteering with various organizations and has coached and officiated for numerous youth sport teams in soccer, basketball, and baseball. 

Patrick still maintains a Home in Fort Covington with his wife, Lisa and their two boys, Hunter and PJ (Patrick Jr.) and Jackson, the 7-year-old Black Lab whom is the canine anchor of the homestead. Patrick is currently residing in Mendon, NY.  Patrick is an avid outdoorsman, sports fan, but most importantly he cherishes the time he spends with his family and friends.


Support Staff

Sheryl Sanders, Head Administrative Assistant
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: sheryl@harrisfuneralhome.com

Sheryl grew up in the Browncroft area of Rochester where she graduated from East High School. She has over 30 years of office experience primarily as a legal secretary. Sheryl and her husband, David have been married since 1994. They enjoy gardening, traveling and spending time with their 3 grandchildren and their Shi-Chi, Abbey.

David Failing, Funeral Service Assistant & Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​                    

Dave lives in Irondequoit. He graduated from West Irondequoit High School and retired from Dupont, with 39 years service. He is married to Tracy, has two sons, a daughter and 3 grandchildren. His passions are hockey, detailing automobiles, sports car racing, slot car racing and spending quality time with his family.

Jaroslaw "Jerry" Gluszko, Funeral Service Assistant & Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​                     

Jerry grew up in Irondequoit and attended Eastridge High School, MCC and RIT. He is married and has two children and one grandson. In 2018, Jerry retired from The Aquinas Institute as Director of Facilities. Jerry is a lifetime volunteer and active member of the Rochester Ukrainian Community. He and his wife are parishioners of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Epiphany. In his retirement Jerry is still active in many Ukrainian activities and volunteers his time at the Ukrainian American Youth Camp.

William Drew, Funeral Service Assistant & Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​

A resident of Irondequoit, Bill is a 1967 graduate of Edison Technical Institute and holds an A.A.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from R.I.T. Having worked for Kodak for 35 years, Bill has been working with in funeral service for 20 plus years, is married to Maureen, and has two children. Mr. Drew is a parishioner of St. Cecilia’s Church and enjoys classic cars, motorcycles, and travel in his free time.

Pastor James Grobe, Funeral Service Assistant, Minister & Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​                                                                                                  

James grew up in Tonawanda, NY. He attended Concordia Junior College in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received his Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary. He served in the parish ministry for numerous years before serving 22 years as Chaplain at the Highland’s two nursing home campuses in the Rochester area. He currently lives in Henrietta.  Three boys and three grandchildren make him proud. He enjoys traveling to see his family along with summer time adventures at his camp in the southern tier.

Lee Foster, Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Lee graduated from Drake University and the Eastman School of Music where he earned his MM and DMA.   He retired from the Penfield Central School District in 2005 and is the former  Director of Music and Organist at Summerville Presbyterian Church in Irondequoit.  Lee currently is the Director of Music at Lake Avenue Baptist Church and has two sons. He enjoys gardening, good food, and silversmithing.

Sherry Ettaro, Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​                                                                                    

Sherry grew up in Webster and still resides there today.  She has 1 daughter and 1 son.  Sherry retired from ESL Federal Credit Union as Branch Manager after 41 years in banking.  She enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Jane Williams, Student
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: jane@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Jane was born in Las Vegas, NV, but raised in Penfield, NY. She graduated from Penfield High School in 2015 and went on to get a Bachelors in Health Sciences from SUNY Brockport in 2019. She comes to Harris Funeral Home as a current student at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is learning all aspects of funeral service.  When not working or studying, she likes to be outdoors golfing, camping, or spending long hours in bed with her cat, Marlin. She also enjoys creating various pieces of art and loves helping others.


Vanessa Acheatel, Student
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com

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Pets at Peace by Harris Funeral Home Staff

Courtney Trawitz, Head Pet Care Coordinator                                                   Certified Pet Bereavement Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: courtney@harrisfuneralhome.com

Courtney grew up in Pittsford and is a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from SUNY Geneseo in 2004 and a Master of Science in Sport Administration from Canisius College in 2006. After nearly fifteen years working in hospitality, sales, and marketing for a professional sports team, Courtney made the decision to pursue a new career path. She is thrilled to be a member of the Pets and Peace team that is dedicated to offering an unparalleled level of care and compassion for your pet. A resident of Webster, Courtney enjoys hiking with her beloved dog - Miles, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Larry Klimek, Pet Care Specialist/Operations Manager
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: larryk@harrisfuneralhome.com

A resident of Irondequoit, Larry graduated from West Irondequoit High School in 1997. Larry has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2003. Larry has over 16 years of working in customer service. Being an avid animal lover, Larry joined the Pets at Peace team in April 2015. During his free time, Larry enjoys watching sports, especially the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees., being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends and beloved dogs Snickers and Georgia. Larry and his wife Jennifer are parishioners of Christ the King Church.

Jason Cordy, Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: jason@harrisfuneralhome.com

Jason is a resident of the City of Rochester. He recently transitioned from the hospitality industry so that he can pursue his MBA. In his free time, Jason likes to travel, backpack, hike, ski and socialize with friends.

Heather MacNeal, Assistant Pet Care Coordinator/Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: heather@harrisfuneralhome.com

A resident of Henrietta, NY, Heather graduated from Rush Henrietta senior high school in 2013. Coming from a family of dedicated animal rescuers, Heather has been involved in the rescue community for over 20 years, 10 of those being with professional rescue organizations. She currently fosters several dogs and cats at a time, but has had her own pup Rocky for 19 years and her cat Gizmo for 15 years. During her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her daughter, Grace, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends.

Tony Bianchi, Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: tonyb@harrisfuneralhome.com

As a resident of Greece, Tony graduated from Greece Athena High School in 1984. Tony has been married to his wife, Andrea, since 1994 and has two daughters, Alexa and Ariana. In March of 2021, Tony retired from the Ridge Road Fire District after 29 years of service as a firefighter. Not too long after retiring, Tony joined Pets at Peace in April. In his free time, Tony enjoys working on his food truck, Curbside Quesadilla, going to the casino, and spending time with his family.

Shannon Zornow, Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: shannon@harrisfuneralhome.com                   

Shannon is a resident of Greece, NY. She has her degree in Entrepreneurial studies. Shannon and her wife Brenda have been married since 2017 and together they share six children. Shannon has more than 20 years of management experience. She currently owns a cleaning business, works a part time supervisory role at Hilton hotels and joined the Pets at Peace family in 2021 because of her love of animals. During Shannon’s free time she enjoys collecting sports cards, snowboarding, and playing outside with her kids. Shannon and her family have two dogs, two Guinea pigs, two rats and a cat.

Anthony Fantigrossi, Pet Care Specialist and Maintenance Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: tony@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Tony grew up in Irondequoit and is a graduate of East Ridge High School and Monroe Community College. In 2006 Tony retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s department after 27years of service and joined the Harris Funeral Home in 2009. He currently is a resident of Penfield-Webster with his wife and 3 sons. Tony is a parishioner of St. Rita’s church in Webster and is involved with event planning for the annual St. Rita fiesta. He also volunteers his time at Camp Good Days and Special Times. In his free time he loves to fish, golf, bike, and watch his sons play sports, he also is an avid sports fan.

John Kenrick, Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: john@harrisfuneralhome.com

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Harris Family Center

Trish Diamond, House Keeping & Hostess
​Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Trish grew up in Summerville area of Irondequoit where she is still a resident. She graduated from St. Thomas the Apostle School and West Irondequoit High School. She has 2 daughters and 1 son. She has worked with the Harris family since 2000. She is an animal lover and involved with Pet rescuing and fostering. She enjoys playing euchre, traveling, cooking, walking and reading.

Lucille Newman, Hostess
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Lucille has been in the restaurant business for a long time. She has a huge heart for animals, especially dogs. She house sits for them on a regular basis and treats them like they are her own children. She has been a hostess at the Harris Family center for many years and enjoys taking care of people.


Cindy Sheehan, Hostess
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com

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Cora Goyette, Hostess
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com

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