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For over 50 years our family cares for yours.



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

Paul Hammerl is honored to continue the legacy started by Frank and Julia Simpson.

A COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE SERVICE CONTINUES...

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Paul R. Hammerl Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

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-Hammerl 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 Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home in Kingston with his wife Jillian. When they are not serving the community, they enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley in their classic cars. They also enjoy spending quality time with their family. 

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Jeremy Bruce Licensed Funeral Director Jeremy@Hammerlfh.com

Jeremy is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. He was raised in New Paltz, but now resides in Kingston with his wife and three children.

 

Jeremy is a graduate of the New Paltz High School class of 2004. He then attended Hudson Valley Community College along with his wife where they both received their Associate Degrees in Mortuary Science in 2014. Education is something that Jeremy values and he plans on continuing his education in funeral service by pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Funeral Service Administration in the future.

 

When Jeremy is not serving the families of the Hudson Valley he enjoys riding his road and mountain bikes through the Mohonk and Minnewaska parks and on the various rail trails throughout the area. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family exploring everything that the Historic Hudson Valley has to offer. 

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Jillian Hammerl Office Manager JillianHammerl@Hammerlfh.com

Non-Licensed

 

Born in Kingston, New York and a life-long resident of Ulster County, Jillian Hammerl is a true local.

 

Coming from a background in marketing, promotion and banking, Jillian spent the last decade in Bank Operations at Ulster Savings Bank. In addition to her duties as Office Manager, Jillian also oversees marketing and promotion of both funeral homes. With the ongoing demand to keep up with today’s technology, Jillian has led the technological advancements at both funeral home locations.

 

In 2017 Jillian conceived the Simpson-Hammerl Final Ride Car Show, an annual car show held at our Kingston location the 3rd Saturday in September. This event provides our community with a fun-filled day at our funeral home complete with joy and laughter!

 

Married to Paul Hammerl in May of 2020, Jillian & Paul dedicate most of their time to both of their funeral homes. The Hammerl’s are also very involved with the community at large and when they are not serving the community, they enjoy their family: Jillian’s daughter Jada of Brooklyn, mother Marilynn of Saugerties, sister Pam and brother-in-law Pete of Guilderland, Paul’s sister Mary Beth and brother-in-law John of Atlanta Georgia, along with nieces, nephews and other family members. The Hammerl’s also enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley in their vintage automobiles.

 

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Roy Anderson Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed

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Bob Crane Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed 

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Philip J. Sinagra, Sr. Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed

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Sue Polacco Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed

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Sue Aiello Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed

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Joyce Lane Funeral Assistant

Non-Licensed 

Paul R. Hammerl

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director
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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-Hammerl 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 Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home in Kingston with his wife Jillian. When they are not serving the community, they enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley in their classic cars. They also enjoy spending quality time with their family. 

Jeremy Bruce

Licensed Funeral Director
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Jeremy is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. He was raised in New Paltz, but now resides in Kingston with his wife and three children.

 

Jeremy is a graduate of the New Paltz High School class of 2004. He then attended Hudson Valley Community College along with his wife where they both received their Associate Degrees in Mortuary Science in 2014. Education is something that Jeremy values and he plans on continuing his education in funeral service by pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Funeral Service Administration in the future.

 

When Jeremy is not serving the families of the Hudson Valley he enjoys riding his road and mountain bikes through the Mohonk and Minnewaska parks and on the various rail trails throughout the area. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family exploring everything that the Historic Hudson Valley has to offer. 

Jillian Hammerl

Office Manager
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Non-Licensed

 

Born in Kingston, New York and a life-long resident of Ulster County, Jillian Hammerl is a true local.

 

Coming from a background in marketing, promotion and banking, Jillian spent the last decade in Bank Operations at Ulster Savings Bank. In addition to her duties as Office Manager, Jillian also oversees marketing and promotion of both funeral homes. With the ongoing demand to keep up with today’s technology, Jillian has led the technological advancements at both funeral home locations.

 

In 2017 Jillian conceived the Simpson-Hammerl Final Ride Car Show, an annual car show held at our Kingston location the 3rd Saturday in September. This event provides our community with a fun-filled day at our funeral home complete with joy and laughter!

 

Married to Paul Hammerl in May of 2020, Jillian & Paul dedicate most of their time to both of their funeral homes. The Hammerl’s are also very involved with the community at large and when they are not serving the community, they enjoy their family: Jillian’s daughter Jada of Brooklyn, mother Marilynn of Saugerties, sister Pam and brother-in-law Pete of Guilderland, Paul’s sister Mary Beth and brother-in-law John of Atlanta Georgia, along with nieces, nephews and other family members. The Hammerl’s also enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley in their vintage automobiles.

 

Roy Anderson

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed

Bob Crane

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed 

Philip J. Sinagra, Sr.

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed

Sue Polacco

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed

Sue Aiello

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed

Joyce Lane

Funeral Assistant
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Non-Licensed