In 1917, Howard B. Tate, of Hoosick Falls, graduated from Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse. Howard originally started the business under the name Tate Funeral Home and it was located just down the road from its current location. In 1921, Howard moved the business to 2237 NY Route 7, where he and his wife were living.
Howard was a Jack-of-all trades type, running the business along with participating in several other organizations. He participated on the original School Board for the Brunswick Central School District (Brittonkill then), and contributed to the building of the current Elementary and High School Complex. He helped establish the Raymertown Fire Department and was a Deacon of the Raymertown Evangelical Lutheran Church, along with running Tate’s Ambulance Service. On top of these services for the community, he also sold insurance, ran an ice cream shop and cared for small farm animals.
Howard was joined in the 1950’s by his youngest son, Howard (Stanton). After Stan joined the business, the name changed to Howard B. Tate and Son Funeral Home, Inc.
Stanton H. Tate
Previous to working with his father, Stan was a member of the Army Air Core and was stationed in Japan during WWII. He also helped with the local Fire Department and Tate’s Ambulance Service, as a Fireman and an Ambulance Driver. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and the local Raymertown church. Stan is a past president of the Capital District Funeral Directors Association.
Jeffrey C. Smith
In 1988, Jeffrey Smith, Stan’s son-in-law, became the first resident of the funeral home. He has since become the Owner and sole director. In July 2014, Jeff’s daughter Jenna, became the second resident for the business and its first full-time female employee.
The funeral home is a current member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the Capital District Funeral Directors Association.
After finishing her two year program at Hudson Valley, Jenna began her year-long internship with the funeral home in 2014. After passing her NYS Funeral Directors Licensing Exam in May 2015, she finished her internship at the end of June and acquired her License and Registration. She is proud and excited to carry on her family business, see the business's 100 year anniversary in 2017, and some day become the 4th generation owner.