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Robert J. Gaus

Robert J. Gaus, Licensed NYS Funeral Director and Embalmer, is the Manager of Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home.  His experience as a funeral director, embalmer, mortuary cosmetologist and restorative artist has given families a sense of confidence, comfort and knowing that their loved one and those surviving will be cared for.

A 1977 graduate of SUNY Farmingdale, Bob previously worked at Mangano Funeral Home in Deer Park, Long Island. Bob has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1981 and has worked with the Millspaugh family over those years.  Bob has reached out to the entire community and offered a sense of compassion to all who call. Meeting the needs of all, he blends the traditional with the contemporary. Millspaugh Camerato has become a leader in Greene County by creating numerous custom and personalized offerings to our families.

In the past year Bob has coordinated a merchandise center at the funeral home.  Caskets may now be selected on a custom computer program, in catalogues or in our newly renovated casket selection room.  A beautifully crafted cremation area displays cremation urns, keepsakes and jewelry for a smaller portion of cremated remains and Thumbies©.  A brand new burial vault display that shows burial vaults, concrete liners and cremation urn-vaults.

A pet-lover himself, Bob has brought together a meaningful display of pet cremation urns, urn catalogues and “Best Friend” Thumbies© (paw prints on a charm.)

Bob is active in many local organizations including Secretary and past president of the Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster Funeral Directors Association; he is an active member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. A parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Athens and Catskill, Bob occasionally sings with their choir.  He is a member and past president of the Lions Club and member and past board chair of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. A 3rd and 4th Degree member of Council #275 and 4-time Grand Knight, he is the music director of The Schola and Church Choir at St. Joseph's Church. Over the years he has performed with Ars Choralis in Woodstock, the Mendelssohn Club of Kingston, and Coach House. An honorary member of the Chevra Kadisha of Greater Kingston, he serves on the agency board of Ulster Greene ARC, an honorary member of St. Mary's Benevolent Society and former board member of Ulster County Hospice and later Hospice, Inc. Bob owned and operated Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, Kingston from 1981 until November 2011.

Bob lives in Coxsackie where he enjoys kayaking on Sleepy Hollow Lake.  He has always considered being a funeral director as a ministry.  Something you will know when you meet him.

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Nick Camerato

Nick is the 4th generation of the Millspaugh Camerato family in the funeral business.  Born and raised in Catskill, he grew up around the business and was put to work helping out at an early age.  Since late 2012, Nick has been working to maintain the legacy at 139 Jefferson Heights after the passing of his mother Mary.

After graduating Catskill High School, Nick studied finance at Boston College while on his way to earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Management.  After graduating, he worked for Lincoln Financial Group before travelling extensively for a year and a half in the developing world.  Since 2011, he has worked at New York Life Insurance in their New York City headquarters while living in Hoboken, NJ.

Nick is passionate about managing the family business into the future.  He believes it is paramount that the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home continues to provide the highest standard of service in town for years to come. We always have and always will support the families of our community during their most difficult times.

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Born in Southbridge, MA, Pete graduated Southbridge HS, class of ’75.  He attended UMass in Amherst and received BS in Administration.  Pete pursued career in the hotel industry where he was food and beverage manage the Sheraton Islander Inn, Newport, RI.  He then relocated to the Catskills where he was manager at the Villaggio Italia in Haines Falls.

Pete then pursed a career in sales, where for 22 years, he was a sales associate for Service Liquor Distributors, Albany.  He covered the greater Greene County area.

He married Mary Millspaugh Camerato and settled in Leeds.

Active in the B.P.O.E. Lodge 1341, Pete served as Trustee and is currently Exalted Ruler.  He is a member of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.  A NRA and Ducks Unlimited member, he enjoys hunting and fishing with his lab, Allie.

Peter has been affiliated with Millspaugh Camerato for over 20 years.  As Vice President, he oversees the day to day operation of the funeral home and assists on funerals and calling hours.  In 2013 Pete spearheaded a “green” project to make Millspaugh Camerato environmentally and ecologically friendly. He also has been involved with numerous renovations throughout the funeral home.  Pete lives in Leeds and operates Liberty Lawn Care Service.​