Owner and President
Thomas E. Burger
Mr. Burger was born in nearby Brockport, New York June 13, 1946. His ancestors settled in western Monroe County (Town of Greece) when the area was first settled as early as 1791 and the early 1800's(Town of Parma). He attended Hilton, New York schools and graduated from Hilton Central High school in June 1964. He had early aspirations of becoming a funeral director in high school especially after witnessing the terminal illness and funeral procedures following the deaths of his grandfathers. He was never encouraged by those already practicing in the field something that he has made sure he would never do after establishing his own business. The doors and office of the Burger Funeral Home have always been open to anyone expressing an interest in funeral service. He attended and graduated from Cornell University June 1968 with a B.S. Degree. He taught school in Buffalo, New York from 1968 until June 1973 obtaining a M.S. in Education from SUNY @ Buffalo. He still had strong desires to become a funeral director and enrolled in Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York graduating in September 1974. While attending Simmons School he was very fortunate to be able to live and work part-time at the John G. Butler Funeral Home in Syracuse, New York where he served part of his New York State required residency. In September of 1976 Mr. Burger officially opened the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home Inc. in Hilton New York.
Tom is also a collector of vintage post cards. Click here to see Hilton & Hamlin's past as portrayed by old postcards.