History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

On September 7, 1997 Colonial Memorial Funeral Home opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  This facility located at 396 State Route 52 in Woodbourne was Anthony Perito's first and primary location. One can’t help but feel the historical significance of the original building built in the 1830's; this center hall colonial farmhouse celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2010. Built from stones found in the nearby Neversink River, this beautiful house contains 18 rooms and provides ample space for services including three chapels which can seat more than100 people, a show room and a large receiving area. This location is a professional environment that provides the comfort of a warm, traditional home feeling – ideal for large gatherings.

From1998-2004, Anthony operated Bury Pine Funeral Home in Ellenville. Then, in 2003, Mr. Perito acquired Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, located at 29 Pearl Street in Livingston Manor, NY, which has a very large main chapel that can seat more than 100 people.

In 2017, Ramsay’s Funeral Homes became part of the Colonial Family. Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc. was founded in 1896 by Sherman Ramsay in Kauneonga Lake, NY. He and his son, S. Spencer Ramsay, licensed funeral director, expanded the business by opening a funeral home in Liberty, NY, in 1922.  In 1926, S. Spencer Ramsay and his wife, Nina Ramsay, also a licensed funeral director, moved the business to its present location, a lovely Victorian Home built in 1861. In 1970, Thomas E. Warren purchased the business from the Ramsay's upon their retirement. In 1977, Mr. Warren added a funeral home in Monticello, NY.

In 2016, Mr. Warren passed away and his wife Janette and funeral director Lloyd Heller continued the business.  In 2017, when Anthony acquired the Ramsay's Funeral Homes, he changed the name to Colonial-Ramsay Funeral Homes, officially making the Ramsay enterprise part of the Colonial Family of Funeral Homes.

At all his facilities, Anthony and his staff offer personal and professional service to each of the families we assist with traditional, courteous, and comforting service that people require during what is often one of the most stressful time of their lives.

Our Valued Staff

  • Anthony L. Perito

    Anthony L. Perito, Owner and Operator

    Anthony was born and raised in the Bronx, where he lived with his parents, sister, and in a close-knit neighborhood of extended Italian family. The tragic passing of a classmate inspired him at an early age to a calling to serve people in the context of funeral service. After graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute (AAMI) in 1983, Anthony served at various funeral homes, including Walter B. Cook Funeral Home, Thomas C. Montreal Funeral Home, F. Ruggiero & Sons Funeral Home, and Weinstein Memorial Funeral Home. While working in large, active funeral homes in the heart of the “Big Apple” was fulfilling and offered the ideal training to hone his trade and serve families of diverse backgrounds, Anthony desired to earn his livelihood in a community in which he could operate at a slower pace and get to know and form long-lasting relationships with the people whom he served. In 1997, he and his family took a chance on purchasing a battered 1800s stone colonial building in a small hamlet in the heart of the Catskills, Woodbourne, NY. The rest was history. Anthony poured his energies into renovating and repairing the building and growing a business, Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. While raising a family and operating a fledgling business, he taught himself how to engrave monuments and established a monument company, and in the area of funeral service, he worked to stay current with industry technology and strived to perfect his craft. He also volunteered for various community organizations and served as a volunteer firefighter in the Woodbourne Fire Department. While the journey was not without its many obstacles and incalculable sacrifice, over the span of his 30-year career, he has forged a network of friendships and relationships and expanded his business to include locations dotted throughout Sullivan County, NY - The Colonial Family of Funeral Homes. In his spare time, rare but sweet, he enjoys woodworking and carpentry and restoring classic cars. He resides within the scenic rural County that has long become “home” for this Bronx native, and alongside his wife and family, remains dedicated to the community. Anthony considers it a privilege to serve the people of Sullivan County, and he is grateful that they have entrusted him with the care of their loved ones. His commitment to the relationships formed over the years remains his highest priority.

  • Antonio

    Antonio "Tony" Perito, Funeral Director

    Tony is the son of Anthony Perito and grew up in Sullivan County. Tony earned his Bachelors in History from SUNY Oswego and his Mortuary Science degree and funeral director's license from American Academy - McAllister Institute. He is the 2017-18 Treasurer of the Livingston Manor Rotary and member of the Father Cronin Council of the Knights of Columbus, Certified funeral celebrant, Certified memorialist and a NYS notary public . He resides in Pennsylvania.

  • Jacqueline Perito Williams

    Jacqueline Perito Williams, Office Manager

    Jackie is the daughter of Anthony Perito and grew up in Sullivan County. Jackie went to school for business marketing and has attended Hofstra University, Brookes Institute of Santa Barbara and SUNY Orange. Jackie is a member of the Sullivan County Renaissance and the Woodbourne Action Committee. Jackie is happy to be serving the community she grew up in.

  • Karen  Perrello

    Karen Perrello, Funeral Director

    Karen is a native of Sullivan County, attended Fallsburg Central School District, and earned her Associates in Social Sciences from SUNY Orange, Her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and her degree in Funeral Service in 2010. She is also a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. Karen is always glad to be providing compassion and guidance to our families.

  • Herbert C. Bryant

    Herbert C. Bryant, Funeral Director

    Herb is a Sullivan County native and is the past proprietor of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, which is now the Livingston Manor’s Colonial-Bryant Funeral Home. Herb is an active member of the local, state and national Free and Accepted Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. Herb has since become semi-retired but is happy to help families who know him from years ago.

  • Lloyd  Heller

    Lloyd Heller, Funeral Director

    Lloyd has served the Sullivan County community as a funeral director for more than 40 years. He had worked with Tom Warren at the Ramsay locations prior to their acquisition by Anthony and his family, and we are pleased to draw from his professional experience. Lloyd now continues his funeral career working in all five of the Colonial locations.

  • Robert  Lyons

    Robert Lyons, Funeral Director

    Rob was born and raised in Liberty, where he currently resides with his family. He is a sergeant with the NYS Department of Corrections full time and a Funeral Director part time. He attended Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse NY. He is actively involved in the Elks, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and is a Mason. He is also a member of JC Young Hose Company #1 Liberty fire Department, NYS Funeral Directors Association, and a member of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. Rob enjoys playing golf and watching baseball. He was his son’s little league coach from T ball to the Juniors, coached in travel ball, and was the past president of Liberty Little League.

  • Charlie  Hoag

    Charlie Hoag, Facilities Manager and Monument Builder

    Charlie joined the Colonial Family in 2017. A Sullivan County native, Charlie is a graduate of Livingston Manor High School and SUNY Delhi. He is an engineer in Livingston Manor Fire Company, and resides in Livingston Manor.