History & Staff

Our History

Gendron Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc is a Family Owned and Operated full service funeral home. The Gendron Family has a long history of service to families in need of funeral and cremation services through out South West Florida. Gendron Funeral Home serves families from all faiths and customs in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Lakeland, Florida. Mike, Paul, and Melanie Gendron are proud to have more than 100 combined years of Funeral and Cremation Service to families in need and are there for you in your time of need. We greatly appreciate your consideration of Gendron Funeral Home for your Funeral and Cremation needs. We invite you to come in and prearrange with one of our knowledgeable and caring funeral directors today!


Our Valued Staff

Michael P. Gendron

Michael P. Gendron, Funeral Director

Michael comes from New England originally. After graduating from the mortuary science program from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, he returned back to New England to join his family in the funeral business. After selling the family business in 1999, he moved to Florida to continue serving people in their time of need. He has worked for several local funeral homes in the S.W. Florida area over the past several years.
Michael is a member of the Araba Shriners, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Moose Lodge, Sons of the American Legion, St. Andrew's Catholic Church and National Funeral Directors Association. he enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Michael lives in Cape Coral with his son Tristan.


Paul D. Gendron

Paul D. Gendron, Funeral Director Assistant

Paul is from New England originally. He attended New England Institute of Funeral Service in Boston and graduated in 1974 after being elected Class President by his fellow students.
Paul assists our funeral home and the families we serve with over 40 years experience in the funeral industry. He is also a former firefighter with the Ludlow Fire Department.
With his funeral and public service experience, Paul is often seen around town as the funeral home's community ambassador. He is an active participant in the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Estero Chamber of Cmmerce and the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also works closely with civic organizations such as the Cameo Group, GoTo Network, Bridge Network and the BNI Business Network.
He is a former President of the local Jaycees and is currently a member of the Saint Cecilia Council of the Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of Moose, Sons of the American Legion and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He lives in Sarasota and enjoys golfing, boating and spending time with his family.


Amanda L Gendron

Amanda L Gendron, Funeral Director Intern/Pre Need Counselor

Amanda is originally from the New England Area. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Business Management and a concentration in Human Resources. She moved back to New England and worked for COACH for 7 years as an Assistant Manager. She then decided it was her time to help her Dad, Paul, and Brother, Michael with the family business and moved back to Fort Myers, FL.

She is currently attending school at St. Petersburg College for Funeral Directing. She is a licensed Pre Need Counselor, Apprentice, Funeral Director Intern, oversees the Operations of 3 out of 4 of the locations and handles the Training and Development of the staff. She is extremely proud to work with her family and help the families during their time of need. She states "the feeling you get when helping a family in need is absolutely amazing" and it's what keeps her going everyday. She loves spending time golfing and with her family.


Tristan M.  Gendron

Tristan M. Gendron, Funeral Director Assistant

Tristan is the 3rd generation of funeral service professionals in our family. He is dedicated to providing our families we serve with extraordinary service and compassion. He attends St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Cape Coral where he is enrolled in the Religious Education Program. He also plays football for the Cape Coral Storms. Tristan enjoys golfing, traveling, fishing, and spending time at the beach with his family.


Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien, Funeral Director

Michael was born and raised in New York and graduated from American Academy McAllister of Funeral Services. He has been a Funeral Director for many years and relocated to Florida in 2012. Mike enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Cathy.


Robert Inman

Robert Inman, Funeral Director Assistant

Bob was raised in Yorkville, New York. Upon completion of his higher education, he began a career in Law Enforcement. After retiring from 33 years of service, he moved to Sarasota from Syracuse, New York. The Funeral Service has always been of interest to Bob and he now works for us as a Funeral Director Assistant. Bob has always enjoyed the outdoors, golfing and long motorcycle rides.


Ami McKinney

Ami McKinney, Funeral Director Assistant/Pre Need Counselor

Ami is originally from Ohio, moved to SW Florida in 2004, where she is currently living in Cape Coral. Ami has been a licensed Cosmetologist for 23 years. She is currently studying to receive her Funeral Director and Embalmers License. Ami works out of our Lehigh Acres facility. She enjoys boating, horses and spending time with her family.


Melinda R Kellam

Melinda R Kellam, Funeral Director Assistant/Pre Need Counselor

Melinda is originally from Kentucky and moved to Southwest Florida in 1996. After studying business management at Northern Kentucky University, she was an insurance property casualty underwriter before owning and operating a small business for 18 years. She joined Gendron in 2016 and is currently a pre-need counselor and funeral director assistant. Melinda enjoys traveling, the beach and spending time with her family.


Brandy K Stark

Brandy K Stark, Funeral Director Assistant

Brandy is originally from Indiana and moved to SW Florida in 2010. She worked in the healthcare field for 24 years and loves helping people. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Administration and is currently attending St. Petersburg College for Funeral Directing and Embalming. Brandy LOVES to fish, sing, and spend time with loved ones. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
-Herman Cain


Richard Hall

Richard Hall, Funeral Director Assistant


Michael Leahy

Michael Leahy, Funeral Director Assistant


Farah  McCauley

Farah McCauley, Funeral Director Assistant

Farah Olivia McCauley (Hernandez) is originally from Queens, New York and found her way to SW Florida in 1992, spending the first 2 years in Miami and later transferring over to Cape Coral where she currently calls home.Farah has a background in marketing and computer science and works closely withthe SW Florida Hispanic Chamber and with the funeral home as their Hispanic liaison, helping Spanish speaking families implement their funeral arrangements.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin and children Katarina and Isabella. You can usually find Farah taking inthe sun at the beach, pool or boating in the pristine waters of SW Florida.


William “Bill”  Savino

William “Bill” Savino, Funeral Director

At the young age of 15, Mr. Savino started his life-long career in the funeral industry. He brings over 20 years of experience to the team, He has operated several Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.
Bill is currently Licensed as a Funeral Director and embalmer in the states of Florida and New York and currently resides in South Florida with his three daughters.


Thomas Packer

Thomas Packer, Funeral Director

Tom was born and raised in Connecticut. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City. Tom owned and operated Packer Funeral Home in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He sold his business in 1980 and moved to Sarasota, FL. He also owned and operated Packer Funeral Home in Sarasota. He sold the business in 2015 and joined Gendron Funeral and Cremation Services. He is a member of the Incarnation Men’s Club as well as the Knights of Columbus.


Angela Patterson

Angela Patterson, Funeral Director


Daryn Patterson

Daryn Patterson, Pre Need Counselor