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117 N. Massey St.
| Watertown, NY 13601
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Tel: 1-315-788-3351
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131 Maple Street PO Box 65
| Black River, NY 13612
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Tel: 1-315-773-5932

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

John P. Bruce

Funeral Director

Mr. Bruce was born and raised in Proctor, VT. He graduated from Proctor High School in June of 1964. Following graduation he served an internship with Fred Herbst & Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY from 1964 until 1965. He graduated Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1966. He went on to serve his internship with the Gordon Brown Funeral Home in Bristol, VT until February of 1967, at which time he eneterd the US National Guard in Virgennes, VT during Vietnam. 

He married Karen E. Gardner on November 26, 1966 and the couple moved to Sackets Harbor in September 1967 and worked for the Cleveland Funeral Home until May of 1970. He moved to Glen Falls and worked for James F. Singleton until moving to Black River in 1972 and purchasing the C.P. Clark Funeral Home. 

While residing in Black River he was a founding father of the Black River Ambulance Squad, member of the Black River Fire Department for 20 years, former chief and currently an exempt member, former chief of the Black River Ambulance Squad and former secetary for Black River Kiwanis, a basketball coach for 10years at Holy Family School, former Exalted Ruler in the Watertown Elks Lodge #496 in which he held various positions, a member of the Jimmy Creek Club.

Telephone: 1-315-788-3351


Jill Bruce Wiley

Funeral Director

Jill graduated from IHC in 1991 and went on to Jefferson Community College and graduated in 1993 with a math/science asociates degree. She then graduated in 1994 from Canton College of Technolgy with a mortuary science degree. Upon graduation she went to work for her father John P. "Jack" Bruce at the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown and Bruce Funeral Home, Black River. She became the manager of the Bruce Funeral Home. 

Jill married Jeffrey L. Wiley, the Atheltic Director at Jefferson Community College on July 22, 2000. The couple have two children Benjamin and Brooke Wiley. 

She is curently a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496, member of Kiwanis and on the Hospice Foundation Board.

Telephone: 1-315-788-3351


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