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Gilbert J. D'Andrea

Funeral Director

Licensed since 1965

“When you provide supportive and compassionate care during a traumatic time in someone’s life, they never forget the comfort and care they receive.”

Gil D’Andrea’s passion for helping others has helped establish Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes as a committed partner in the community.

Originally from Amityville, Gil became a licensed funeral director in 1965 and worked at various funeral homes on Long Island. Gil then served in the Army during Vietnam and when he returned home in 1967, moved to Sayville and began working at Raynor’s Funeral Home. Gil’s notable drive, determination and community focus was undeniable and in 1969 he was asked to become a partner of the business. 

Since that time, Raynor & D’Andrea has continued to grow, all while continuing to provide exceptional and compassionate care to the community. For Gil, that is the most important part of owning a funeral home. “We are not a big conglomerate, we are part of the local community. I am just very proud of the history and growth of Raynor & D’Andrea and am proud of the support and comfort we offer family and friends that choose us to plan and carry out their funeral needs.”

Gil and his wife Meredith enjoy spending the winter months in Florida and also have a residence in Islip. In his spare time, Gil enjoys playing golf and stopping by the funeral home.

Richard P. D'Andrea

Funeral Director

Licensed since 1995

“It is very important to me that every family we serve at Raynor & D’Andrea is treated with personalized compassion and care. When families choose us to plan their loved one’s funeral, we are honored to guide them every step of the way.”

Rich is the owner and operator of Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes and has been a licensed funeral director since 1995. 

Following in his father Gil’s footsteps, Rich began working at Raynor and D’Andrea at a young age and joined the firm full time in 1995. In 2004, Rich purchased the business and today continues to offer compassionate and attentive service.

As a lifelong resident of Sayville, Rich is proud to be an active and committed member of the community. Rich currently serves as a Trustee at St. Lawrence the Martyr RC Church in Sayville, and is a board member of the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, the Kenneth F. Stein Scholarship Foundation, the Patchogue YMCA and Friends of Sayville Educational Foundation. Rich is also a co-founder and current board member of The Neighborhood House of Sayville. He was also a longtime board member of the Mercy Center Ministries and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Sayville.

Rich is a graduate of Providence College and the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science. Outside of work, Rich loves spending time with his wife, Sharon, and their three children, Brendan, Jack and Kate. He also likes staying active by playing golf and skiing. 

Michael J. Traum

Funeral Director

Licensed since 2001

“I am honored to have earned trust and confidence from the families we help at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes.” 

After becoming a licensed funeral director in 2001, Mike began his career in North Babylon and in 2007, joined Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Homes. Growing up, Mike always had an interest in forensic science and while in school a friend introduced him to the mortuary science program. That introduction sparked his change in career choice. 

At Raynor & D’Andrea, what Mike enjoys most is the opportunity to help families through the entire process of planning a funeral. Mike often sees a change in families from the first phone call to the conclusion of the funeral. “Families tend to share their feelings and open up more,” shares Mike. “They let their guard down a bit and look to us to help guide them through this challenging time. It’s an honor to have that trust.”

Mike attended Stony Brook University with a focus on physical therapy and later attended Nassau Community College to pursue his career as a funeral director. 

In his spare time, Mike finds exercising is a great stress reliever and also enjoys hanging out with his rescue cat, Thor.

Philip L. Robinson

Funeral Director

Licensed since 1988

“I am honored to be the person families trust and lean on during one of the hardest part of their lives.”

In 1988 Phil became a licensed funeral director and began his career at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home. Phil’s interest in becoming a funeral director came from his father who was also in the funeral profession. Phil shares, “It’s a very honorable profession and I’m proud to say my first job was here at Raynor & D’Andrea and I’m happy to still be here today.”

One of the aspects Phil enjoys most about working at Raynor & D’Andrea is the camaraderie of the staff. “We are a close-knit group. We support each other and we balance the emotional parts of our day with a good sense of humor,” shares Phil. Phil believes that the support they offer each other as co-workers allows them to give families the support and comfort they need.

Phil is a graduate of Farmingdale State College. Outside of work, Phil enjoys sports and watching is favorite team, the NY Yankees. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Zoe and his three adult children Zachary, Justin and Emily. 

Thomas R. Farraher

Funeral Director

Licensed since 1999

“It’s rewarding to offer families the support and care needed through what is a very difficult time in their lives. I’m not able to make the sadness and sorrow disappear, but I hope the compassion and guidance we offer at Raynor & D’Andrea can bring them a sense of comfort.”

Tom has been with Raynor & D’Andrea since 2006, and a licensed Funeral director since 1999. he is passionate about his work, and genuinely cares about seeing families through their most difficult times. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community he lives in and often crosses paths with the family’s he has cared for. He attributes his ability to adequately care for his families to his equally dedicated support system at Raynor & D’Andrea. 

When planning a funeral, Tom shared; “for me, It is important to take away as much stress as I can from the family so they can focus on what’s important.”

 Outside of work, he enjoys mountain biking with his stepsons, Sunday family dinners, and  relaxing on the couch with his wife, Meg, and a good book. 

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