VERONA — Jeffrey A. Jennings of Fairport, and formerly of Rome, was installed as president of the state Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) at the organization’s annual convention, which concluded Thursday, in Verona.
Jennings is the son of Louis and Helen Marquette Jennings (deceased) and still has strong ties to the area with six siblings residing in Rome. He will serve for the 2018-2019 term.
Jennings began his funeral service career at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N.George St. in Rome.
“It is a great honor to be installed president,” said Jennings, owner of Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc., in Penfield and Harloff Funeral Home in East Rochester. “NYSFDA has always done amazing work empowering funeral directors to provide families with the very best in terms of support and comfort. I couldn’t be more excited to lead such a worthy group.”
Jennings is a 1984 graduate of Rome Catholic High School and 1986 graduate of SUNY Canton, with a degree in mortuary science. He received his funeral director’s license in 1987 and began serving families in the Rochester area in 1988.
He is a past president of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, and served as Region Two Director for Western New York for NYSFDA. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, through which he has earned the designation of certified funeral service practitioner. He is a member of the Genesee Conservation League and past secretary of the Fairport Volunteer Fire Department.
Jennings is married to Robin (Boyce) Jennings, and they are the parents of three daughters: Emily, Katelyn and Colleen.
Founded in 1889, NYSFDA’s mission is to promote the highest standards of funeral service to the public and to enhance the environment in which its members operate. More than 900 member firms and 3300 licensed funeral directors who operate across the state belong to the New York State Funeral Directors Association. In addition to maintaining a website at www.nysfda.org, NYSFDA also publishes brochures and information which educate and inform consumers about end-of-life issues.