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We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. Our compassionate and caring team work hard each and every day to make sure that the members of our community and beyond are taken care of during such a difficult time. For advice on what to do when a loved one is dying, making funeral arrangements, pre-arranging your own funeral, or anything else, please feel free to contact us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We promise to work with you and your family in your time of need to create the perfect memorial service for your loved one. We will be here for you today, as well as tomorrow.


Gerald Brown, Licensed Director

Gerald R. Brown is a native of Canisteo, New York and a 1959 graduate of Canisteo Central School.  I am a graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, New York.  Following my residency in Rochester, New York, I established the Brown Funeral Home in Canisteo, New York, the first of our funeral homes, in 1963.  In 1981, my business partner and I purchased the Bender Funeral Home in Hornell, New York, changing the names to Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, Hornell, New York and the Brown & Powers Funeral Home in Canisteo, New York.  Soon after, we merged the former Landon-Beaver Funeral Home of Hornell into our Canisteo Street location in Hornell.

In 1997, Chester A. Gosper IV joined our staff, and we established the Brown & Powers Funeral Home in Angelica, New York, Chet’s hometown.  Our reputation for exceptional service soon became well known and as our business grew, we were able to merge the former Robertson Funeral Home Inc, into our Canisteo Street location in Hornell.

In 2008, Adam E. Dubois joined our staff, and together with other part time help, we now operate all four funeral homes in Steuben and Allegany Counties.  

I had the privilege to attend the Fountain National Academy of Embalming Skills in Springfield , Missouri and completed the course in 2007.  In 2008, I was honored to receive the “Distinguished Service Award”, presented by the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in “Recognition of Unselfish Dedication and Commitment to the Community of Funeral Service.”

But in over 50 years of service to the funeral profession, no honor has been so great as that given to me by the thousands of area families who have called upon us to serve them in one of the most stressful times in their lives.  My commitment to these families will continue long after my time in funeral service has passed, by the wonderfully dedicated people I have been able to work alongside of.  

Chester Gosper, Licensed Director

Chester A. Gosper IV born to Chester A. Gosper III of West Almond, and Trudy Weaver of Belfast on December 21, 1971. Graduated from the former Angelica Central School “Class of 1990”, attending Alfred State College for accounting, and later graduating from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science.

I was previously employed at the American House & Hotel in Angelica, the Six-S Restaurant, the Belvidere Restaurant, and Maple City Savings Bank in Hornell, before deciding to become a Funeral director. Since 1997 I, have worked for Brown & Powers Funeral Homes, expanding to Angelica in 1999, and also designing and selling monuments in all 3 locations.

My hobbies include, walking with my two dogs “Cooper” and “Lola”, listening to many different kinds of music, camping, family, and car shows. I have always been interested in automobiles, especially liking 70’s luxury cars. My passions are family, and enjoying life to the fullest.

My latest inspirations are my nephew Grant Russell Preston, and Shea Elsey Preston. To see our family grow through their eyes is so inspiring.

I, look forward to many years in the funeral business. If you are truly happy in what your doing, I believe it shows. My career is very rewarding, and I truly enjoy trying to help people through a very difficult time in their lives.

David Ames, Licensed Funeral Director Director

David W. Ames was born to Gale Bailey of Canisteo and Pete Ames of Dansville on March 29, 1995. I am the grandson of H. Leo and Maxine (Thompson) Bailey. I am originally from Canisteo and a graduate of Canisteo – Greenwood Central School District, class of 2013. In the fall of 2013 I moved to Pittsburgh Pa. to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where I graduated from in May of 2015 with an associate’s degree in specialized business and mortuary science.

I initial began working in the funeral industry by mowing Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo during my high school years. I began to become intrigued and interested in the funeral industry in 2009 when my grandmother passed away.

My hobbies include taking care of my four dogs, doing yard work and landscaping around my house, hiking trips and local car shows. I have always had a fascination with antique and classic automobiles.

I currently reside with my wife Sarabeth (Paine) in Hornell and our four dogs; Ubu, Gracie, Bailey and Lucky.

I look forward to the many years I have ahead of me in the funeral service and the satisfaction it brings by being able to help families through the hardest time of their lives.

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