About Us

There is a reason you have come to this page. Either you know of, or are preparing for the death of someone you love, or you are concerned about your family and how they are going to deal with your loss, or you would like information regarding the cost of funerals. While preparation is indeed prudent, it is also important to remember that nothing can absolutely prepare us or our loved ones for death. Originally founded in 1991 under the mission that our ministry was to help those who are grieving begin a life-long journey without their loved one, Michael E. Brown and Ross Belfiore purchased the funeral home in August of 2015 and will serve the community with "Honor, Value & Trust".  Our facility, which is located in a scenic country setting just outside the Village of Cazenovia, offers those who are grieving a place to memorialize their loved one in an atmosphere of understated elegance. We have a resource center that is available to the public with various DVDs and literature that may be of help during this difficult time. We also offer helpful links that will allow you to prearrange a funeral with total transparency and our prices are available to you to view on this website. There is also a link availing you to the many services and vendors that will help you complete this arrangement process (ie. floral shops, churches, cemeteries, monument companies, accommodations, etc.). By all means, we are available in person or by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions or respond to your needs.

Our Staff

Michael E. Brown                                                                                                                                                              Co-Owner/Funeral Director

Michael E. Brown's professional career in funeral services began upon his graduation from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 1998. He performed his residency with Maurer Funeral Home, Inc. which has locations in Baldwinsville and Liverpool. At the end of his residency, the Maurer family hired him as a licensed funeral director. While at Maurer Funeral Home, Michael gained a tremendous amount of invaluable experience in funeral service. He learned that hard work, listening and doing whatever a family request equates with success. In July of 2004, Michael went to work for Foster Funeral Home, Inc., another family owned firm that has two locations, one in Fulton and another in Hannibal. While with Foster Funeral Home, Mike gained even more experience in the field of funeral service and his leadership skills blossomed. Michael became the manager of their Hannibal location in 2012. While being employed full-time with these two firms, he also worked and continues to work part-time for Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Syracuse and as a trade embalmer for several C.N.Y. funeral homes as needed. Having a deep passion for funeral service, Michael consider's it a true honor to own and operate a funeral home and will serve the community of Cazenovia and Madison County with the utmost professionalism in a caring and compassionate manner. His other passion is his family. He and his wife, the former, Jennifer Pawlewicz have seven children. Elizabeth (16), Julia (14), Mikey (13), Campbell (11), Matthew (10), Catherine (7) and Gabriella (3) and are constantly on the go with their school, sports and church activities. Jennifer graduated from Cazenovia College in 1993 and her mother, the former Noretta Spaulding grew up in Erieville. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing outdoors with his children, going to Church, watching Syracuse University basketball, exercising and going to the beach.

Ross A. Belfiore                                                                                                                                                    

Co-Owner/Office Manager

Ross is co-owner of Michael E. Brown Funeral Services and is actively involved in the daily operations of the business. He has over 40 years experience in the funeral business as a licensed cosmetologist along with other skills that are part of his resume. Ross has a business background and is a New York State Retired Teacher with 25 years experience as a vocational educator and administrator.

Having a degree in business and education with a concentration in social science, along with his many years assisting families in preparing deceased for a final viewing, Ross understands the difficulty of coping with the death of a loved one. For many of us, this will be the most profound and challenging experience of our lives.

Ross's belief is that with the work he performs, he is helping families reach a place of relative tranquility and inner peace. By confronting our loss as days go by we can work towards acceptance. 

Ross graduated from Central City Business Institute, Richard Detoto School of Beauty Culture, S.U.N.Y. Oswego/B.S. El Ed, he  received his Permanent Certification VTE Secondary Education and is a certified Conflict Resolution Mediator. His dedication to his community includes being the past Dean of Students with Oswego County B.O.C.E.S., past Exulted Ruler with the Elks Lodge #830 and a member of the Fulton Rotary.

Ross has three children, Julie, David and Alexander as well as four grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys working with stained glass, kayaking and watching all sports.

Ronald H. McDermott                                                                                                                                                      

Licensed Funeral Director

Ron is a life resident of Cazenovia and an invaluable asset to his community and the funeral home. He graduated from Cazenovia High School, Simmons Institute of Embalming and Mortuary Science and Sam Houston University with a B.S. degree in Police Science. Ron served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam and served as an Identification Specialist with the Graves Registration department. He was awarded the Bronze Star.  Ron served 25 years with the U.S. Marshal Service, retiring as a Senior Investigator. Having been a licensed funeral director since 1968, he has been affiliated with several civic organizations within Cazenovia such as a member, past Commander and current Judge Advocate with the Cazenovia American Legion Post #88; a member and Past Master of the Cazenovia Masonic Lodge #616, F&AM and served as the District Deputy Grand Master from 1992-1994. Ron is also a member and past Patron of the Neowahga Chapter #419, Order of the Eastern Star. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, spending time with his four grandchildren and traveling, especially to Ireland. Ron has been married for 40 years to his wife Joyce, they have three children and four grandchildren.