History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The history of Phillips Memorial Home is long and expansive. It reaches back to 1898, when an existing undertaking service, W.L. Cubley Furniture and Undertaking, was purchased by the founder’s son, W.H. Cubley and one of the firm’s employees, James L. Phillips. At that point, the funeral home was renamed the W.H. Cubley Co.

On November 15, 1915, James L. Phillips purchased his partner’s interest and the Funeral Home became known as J.L. Phillips Undertaking. The funeral home operated out of a building on Main Street, re-locating to its current location in 1941.

In 1936, J.L. Phillips oldest son, James W. Phillips, graduated from the Simmons School of Embalming, and joined his father in the firm.

On a side note; it wasn’t until June of 1918 that Phillips Memorial Home purchased its first motorized hearse. Prior to this, our funeral home had its own team of horses, and a carriage hearse, rigged on the morning of a funeral. Today, we are still proud to have our first horse drawn funeral carriage as our company logo & trademark. One of our horse drawn hearse's has been donated to the Massena Museum for the community to view.

In 1972 James W. Phillips and his wife hired a Massena Native, David A. Frary to serve as a resident Funeral Director. David continued under the guidance of Mr. Phillips, until his death on April 17, 1978.

At that time, David purchased both Massena and Waddington Locations from Mrs. Phillips, and still continues to provide the highest quality of funeral service in the area.

Our Madrid Funeral Home

Our Madrid Funeral Home was founded in 1907 by the late Fay G. Mann and wife Maude. The Fay G. Mann Funeral Home was operated by its founder until their daughter; Mrs. Leon (Emma) Goolden, took over the business after her father’s death in 1947.

Mrs. Goolden continued her father’s traditions in the community of Madrid until 1967, when she sold the family firm to her son, Charles, and his wife, Linda. In 1986, David and Linda Frary purchased the Fay G. Mann Funeral Home, and we’re proud to be a part of the dedicated services that generations of the Mann family have provided to the area for over 100 years.

The Phillips Memorial Home, Madrid location has been a funeral service provider not only to the town of Madrid but also to our neighbors in Chase Mills, Lisbon, Potsdam and Morley areas.

Our Waddington Funeral Home

Our Waddington Funeral Home is located along the majestic St. Lawrence River which marks New York’s Northern Border with Canada. Its staff has provided quality care to its area residence for over 111 years.

Our Valued Staff

David A Frary

David A Frary, Licensed Funeral Director; Owner/Manager

David A. Frary is a Massena native from a family of eight. Born in Massena, the son of the late Gerald and Elizabeth (Tiernan) Frary. A 1968 graduate of Massena High School and a 1970 graduate of Canton Agricultural and Technological Institute in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate. It was always Mr.Frary’s goal to pursue a career in funeral service with the announcement that Canton ATC had then offered an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in the summer of 1970. Following his completion in 1972 he earned a Mortuary Science Associates’ Degree, being the first graduating class.

While at Canton Mr. Frary was on the Dean’s List doing his mortuary science practicum, sat on the student government. Married the former Linda A. Salamon and they are the parents of two daughters, Barbara and Maureen both of LA, Ca. and two sons, Matthew and wife Christina of Pasadena, Ca. and a son Patrick.

Mr. Frary is a 35 year member of the Massena Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus Council #1141, Massena Elks Lodge BPOE #1702. He served for many years on the Massena Neighborhood Center; serving 21 years on the Massena Housing Authority, appointed by the Massena Mayor, the late Laurence White, serving as chairman of the Massena Housing Authority for 11 years; served as chairman of the Special Prospects’ Committee for the first major renovation building project at Massena Memorial Hospital.

David is presently serving on the SUNY Canton College Foundation, Advisory Board for the Mortuary Science Program. In 1986 Mr. Frary was elected to serve on the Massena Savings & Loan Bank Board, a position he presently holds.

He has held various offices in the St. Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association; recently elected to serve as a three year board director for the New York State Funeral Directors Association, an annual volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul Society Thanksgiving Community Dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. Frary were the first contributors initiating the annual Christmas Holiday Free recreational skating program at the Massena Arena.

James S. Francia

James S. Francia, Licensed Funeral Director / Manager

James was born and raised in Raymondville, NY and attended Norwood-Norfolk Central High School, graduating in 2003. He started working at the Phillips Memorial Home full time in 2006 and later enrolled at Simmons Institution of Funeral Service located in Syracuse, NY. While at Simmons, James received the Mark B. Wightman Memorial Scholarship Award as well as Sigma Phi Sigma recognition for academic excellence. Upon completion in 2012, a residency was served with the Phillips Memorial Home before becoming fully licensed in 2013.

James has two children, and is very active in local youth sports around the community. He is a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Massena B.P.O.E Lodge#1702.

Christopher L. Peets

Christopher L. Peets, Funeral Director

Christopher graduate Clifton-Fine School-1989, and attended College of Technology at Canton 1989-1991. He graduated in 1993, from the State University of New York at Plattsburg with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Special Education. Christopher returned to Canton College in 1996 and graduated in 1998 with an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science. He completed his practicum with us in 1997, and has been a full/part time member of the staff ever since.

Christopher is married to Karen E. Teriele, a special education teacher at Madison Elementary School in Massena. They have three children, Elizabeth, Kalie, and Andrew.

He is a communicant of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Church, and enjoys spending time with his family, skiing in the winter, canoeing and Kayaking in the summer. He is currently full time at St. Lawrence NYSSARC in Norwood Day Hab. Treatment Center.

Michelle Lashomb

Michelle Lashomb, Administrative Assistant

Michelle was raised in Rochester, New York, and received her Associates Degree as a Dietary Technician from Morrisville State College. Having initially worked in an assisted living setting, she made a career change into a secretarial position; joining the staff of Phillips Memorial Home in 1998. Michelle is married to Tim Lashomb and has two children, Abbie, and Austin. She loves sewing, knitting, baking and reading.