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 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 Richard F. as well as 4 grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Hudson & Holden. When on break from work, he loves to cook for his family, play golf, ride motorcycles, and travel on his boat with his wife.

Richard F. Harris, "Rick Jr." Licensed Manager & Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: 
richardfharris@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. 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 Volleyball 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.

Robert Shaver, Licensed Funeral Director
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: robertwshaver@harrisfuneralhome.com

A resident of Greece, Bob is a 1961 Graduate of Eastridge High School, a 1962 graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, and a NYS Funeral Director since 1963. He has three children – Robert, Jr, Jeffrey, and Jennifer – as well as four grandchildren. A parishioner of St. Lawrence Church, member of Seneca Lodge #797, F&AM and a member of the Elks Lodge #24 B.P.O.E. Bob is an avid golfer; Past President and Past Secretary Treasurer of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association.


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.



Support Staff

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

Richard " Dick" Daly - Funeral Service Assistant
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: dick@harrisfuneralhome.com

Richard is a native Rochesterian. He earned his A.S. in Business at MCC. In 1982, he accepted a full time job with the Walt Disney Company. During that time, he attended Florida Southern College in the evenings until he earned his B.S. degree in Accounting. He started a family while living in Florida but always had Rochester in the back of his mind. 10 years later, he accepted a position with American Express and moved his family to Elmira, NY. Two years after that, they relocated back to Rochester. He has enjoyed working in a variety of industries including Industrial Supply, Hotel and Hospitality, Business Travel, and Funeral Services. He has been a proud supporter of the Funeral Industry since 2004. He is the proud father of 5 wonderful children.     

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.

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.

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 Bpaptist Church and has two sons. He enjoys gardening, good food, and silversmithing.

Glen Handschumacher- Greeter
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: info@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Glen is a resident of Henrietta. He graduated from Drexel University 1972 with BS in Business Adm. He worked for Hallmark Cards for 11 years. Became an Independent Contractor for Enesco Corp (gift ware Co) then later an employee of that Co for 30yr. Retired in 2013. Glen has two daughters and a son, and five grandchildren. He loves the outdoors, canoeing, fishing and spending time visiting 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.

Jan Glende, Community Outreach Director  & Assistant Pet Care Coordinator
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: Jan@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Jan grew up in Penfield,NY,graduated from Penfield High School in 1971 and currently lives in West Webster. She has a diversified background in senior healthcare, marketing and advertising.  For over 8.5 years she now follows her passion of working in the funeral home and is a certified Celebrant. She is pleased to be part of the Harris team. She is married 40+ years to her husband, Milt. Together they raised 5 children. Outside of work she volunteers for several organizations, loves to garden, play guitar, golf, go fishing and spend time with her family and friends.




Pets at Peace by Harris Funeral Home Staff

Courtney Trawitz, Head Pet Care Coordinator
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 Penfield, Courtney enjoys hiking with her beloved dog - Miles, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Tera Boccacci, Assistant Pet Care Coordinator
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: tera@harrisfuneralhome.com​

Tera Boccacci, a resident of Brockport, NY. She graduated from Greece Athena High School in 2008 and has attended Hochstein school of music, MCC, and Medaille College.  After volunteering with animals at the local shelter since age 15 she decided to explore a career working with animals as a veterinary receptionist and also volunteered with Sea Turtles in Texas. She has several pets of her own including her dog Oberon, cat Bella, and corn snake Saphira. Outside of work she loves singing, horseback riding, traveling, reading, catching up on her favorite television shows, and spending time with her animals, family, and friends.

Larry Klimek, Pet Care Specialist
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 dog Snickers. Larry and his wife Jennifer are parishioners of Christ the King Church.

 Angelo DelMonte Jr. - Pet Care Specialist
Phone: (585) 544-2041
Email: angelo@harrisfuneralhome.com

A graduate of Webster High School, Angelo joined Pets at Peace in 2015 after 10+ years as general manager of a local Rochester business.  With a passion for helping others, Angelo believed that working at Pets at Peace was a great opportunity for him to assist others during difficult times.  A former bowler and an avid animal lover, Angelo resides in the town of Brighton, and can be found traveling as well as spending time with many close friends.

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.

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.