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Duffy Conneely

Duffy Conneely

Owner

Duffy comes from a five-generation funeral industry family and has been in the funeral industry for 23 years (12 of those in upper management). He is proud to have his grandfather, aunt and second cousins as his professional mentors who taught him about the funeral industry. Growing up, he wanted to be either a Police Officer or Fire Fighter- or a race car driver. Since his racing career was short lived and he didn’t want to wear a bulletproof vest every day to work, he decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and enter the funeral industry. He is proud to be a Cardinal Newman graduate and has a diploma and degree in Mortuary Science from the prestigious, San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He was the tenth person in his family to attend the college and received his degree with the last graduating class before the mortuary college closed its doors and moved to Sacramento. He is a California State Licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director, Crematory Manager, Life Insurance Agent, and Notary Public.

The strangest request asked of Duffy was when someone asked if their loved one could be buried with their favorite automobile.  He went on to say some of the most fascinating aspects of the job are: offering a grieving family one last opportunity to see and say goodbye to their loved one; the gratifying feeling being a pillar of support to someone (or a family in need) and helping the family navigate through the grieving process. His motivation stems from his family pride and having the opportunity to continue his grandfather’s legacy in this amazing vocation. In his spare time, Duffy enjoys spending time and creating memories with his family, playing ice hockey, fishing, camping, hunting, following most local professional sports teams and volunteering his time coaching his kids’ various sports teams. When asked for an example of his biggest personal accomplishments he said, “Workwise, I have dealt with some amazing families that have chosen to share some very difficult times with me over the years. It’s hard to pick only one proud moment out of all the families I’ve served…  Personally, I would have to say my family- my marriage to my wife and the birth of my children are my most proud accomplishment. They are amazing to offer unconditional support and love.”



Neil Peaty

Neil Peaty

Removal Specialist, Crematory Operator, Funeral Director's Assistant

Being fairly new to the funeral industry, Neil has quickly become well versed in many aspects of the death and dying process and general day to day funeral home operations. He will usually make contact with WHM families first as a removal specialist and then as a funeral director’s assistant and crematory operator. He is a general handyman and is quite helpful with many different projects around the funeral home. The grounds at WHM have directly benefitted from Neil’s extensive gardening and landscape knowledge. His educational background is in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management. He and his family have resided in Windsor for 31 years, Sonoma County for 52 years, and used to be the proprietors of Chef’s Gourmet Pizza Co. In his spare time, Neil enjoys cooking- especially barbequing, cycling and winemaking. His family is his personal accomplishment of which he is most proud. His wife and kids continue to be his main source of pride. 



David Royer

David Royer

Pastor, Pre-Need Counselor, Funeral Director's Assistant, Removal Specialist

David was called to serve the Lord in 1979 and began his ministry with a BS in Christian Ministry from Southwestern University Assemblies of God in Texas. He has 15 years of experience in the funeral industry getting his start as a pre-need arrangement counselor for Paul’s Mortuary in Pacific Grove. He supports families while pastoring and connects with people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. David likes to remind us that “We are here to help the living (not only the dead).” One thing David would like people to know is that pre-planning can save a person’s survivors a lot of pain, time and even money. Helping people is David’s biggest motivation and hearing the feedback that he really helped them is the most fascinating part of his work. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family and can be found officiating a service, counseling grieving families, picking up a deceased from their place of passing or helping with various tasks around the office.



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