History & Staff

At T. J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Haverstraw and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home was founded in 1879 by Thomas J. McGowan. Thomas was also the coroner in Rockland County at the time of opening for business. Thomas had a son also Thomas J. McGowan who ran the business after his father’s death in the mid 1940’s. Thomas had two children Frank and John “Jack” McGowan. They were the owners of the business when their father died in the early 1970’s. Frank and Jack were great people and were respected people in the Haverstraw community providing exceptional service. In 1980 after the death of Jack’s daughter, Jack sold his ownership to Mr. Peter Ramundo but remained an active Licensed Funeral Director with the firm.

Peter and Frank ran the funeral home together, until 1985 when they purchased the Hugh E. White Funeral Home in Nyack and Congers, New York. Frank and Peter sold the three funeral homes in 1993. Peter decided to retire in 1993 to Sag Harbor Long Island and Naples, Florida while Frank stayed on as a consultant. In 1997 the company approached Jack and asked him to start to find property to build a new facility. Jack and his employees found property behind Helen Hayes Hospital that would be perfect to be the new T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home. In 1998 the firm opened to a warm reception by the community. Unfortunately Jack only had the opportunity to serve 3 families before his untimely death on August 7, 1998. Also in 1998 we decided to close the Nyack firm and concentrate on North Rockland where our roots began. In 2010 T.J. McGowan Sons was chosen to become part of Foundation Partners. A prestigious group of funeral homes and cemeteries in the United States and based in Orlando, Florida. Since then we have seen many changes in the funeral industry and have adapted to every one of them. We are very happy in 2013 to be celebrating our 134th year as the premier provider of Funeral Service in the North Rockland area.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At T.J. McGowan, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Noe (Noah) Hamer
General Manager

Noe a resident of New York City for over 35 years attended American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, graduated in 1999 with degrees in Applied Science and Mortuary Science. 

As well as being Licensed in New York State as a Funeral Director, Noe is also Licensed in the State of New Jersey as a Mortuary Practitioner (Lic#4874). With parents of Mexican descent he is bilingual and very active with the Latin American Catholic Society.

Noe is also an active member of the Benevolent And Protective Order of The Elks Lodge #877 in Haverstraw NY.

His purpose has always been to provide exceptional service to the families that we serve and to uphold a level of dignity and respect that is unparalleled by any other.

Gerard O'Sullivan
Funeral Director

Gerard “Jerry” O’Sullivan has worked in the Funeral Home industry for over 34 years after he received his degree in Mortuary Science. Jerry believes, “We are here to service our families to the fullest of their expectations. This is totally about making the funeral process as easy and comforting as possible to the families we serve. Everyone knows that I go out of my way to make sure everything is done exactly as my families wish.” 

Jerry is an Honorary Life Member and Past Exalted Ruler and current Officer of the Haverstraw Elks Lodge #877; a Life Member and active member of the New City Fire Department; an Honorary Life Member of the Cosgriff Hose Co. #4 of the Haverstraw Fire Dept.; an Honorary & past member of the Volunteer Hose Fire Co. of the West Haverstraw Fire Dept.; 4th Degree Knight of Columbus Counsel #7104 and is also a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church. Jerry is very involved in the North Rockland Community and other communities in Rockland County and is very well known throughout the county as DJ Jerry. 

Sisto Pileggi
Funeral Assisant

Sisto Pileggi is a lifelong resident of Garnerville and has been with T.J. McGowan Sons since April of 2007. Sisto joined T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home as a funeral attendant and can be seen at nearly every wake held in the funeral home. He has 3 grown daughters, 2 grandchildren, and is an active member of St. Peter’s Church, often helping behind the scenes wherever necessary. He enjoys collecting coins and mini cars and is an avid gardener, proudly and expertly maintaining the beautiful grounds at both of our locations.

Joanna Brief
Office Manager and Licensed Funeral Director

Joanna is a graduate of Ithaca College, San Francisco Art Institute, and American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both CA and NY states, and is a licensed NYS Notary Public.