"Aileen B. Droege of Plymouth, and formerly of Rochester, N.Y., passed away. She was the loving wife of John J. Droege. She died on January 25th 2010 in Massachusetts General Hospital nine days after emergency cardiac surgery. She was born June 20th 1934 in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from Saint Mary?s Academy in 1952 and from Saint Mary?s College in South Bend in 1956. Her major was English, which reflected perfectly her lifelong love of literature, poetry, theater and reading. She earned a Master?s Degree in Business Administration from Boston College in 1980. In 2004 she earned a Certificate in Gerontology from UMass Boston. Aileen married John Jones Droege on June 8th 1957. John and Aileen moved to Plymouth with their three children--Sheila, John Patrick, and Mary-- in 1970. Aileen?s first job was as a Welcome Wagon Lady who welcomed new arrivals to Plymouth with a basket of local gifts. Some of the people she welcomed became lifelong friends. Aileen was the Southeastern Massachusetts Area Representative for the Girl Scouts from 1972 to 1978. She became the business manager of the Plymouth Area Office of the Mass. Dept. of Social Services and then the regional business manager in Brockton from 1980 to 1987. She went on to direct the Plymouth Community Nurse Association (CURA) from 1988 to 1993. Aileen worked for the Pilgrim Society from 1994 to 2000 as the Associate Director of Development. She was the Pilgrim Society?s first professional development staff member and led the very successful Designer Show House program and the Society?s first capital campaign. Aileen dedicated much of her time to community organizations and civic engagement. She served on the boards of the Plymouth Public Library, South Shore Community Action Council, and Plymouth Council on Aging. She was a past president of the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters and a member of the Town Master Plan Committee. At the time of her death, she was a Precinct 2 Plymouth Town Meeting Representative. She was a member of Rotary for more than 20 years. She led the Rotary Club?s efforts to collect shoes for Afghanistan children, the collection of winter coats for Head Start boys and girls, and the donation of hundreds of children?s books every holiday season for Head Start. Aileen received many honors and awards including the 2002 Local Heroes Award from the South Shore Community Action Council and the Athena Award given to exceptional local women leaders by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; most recently Aileen was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow at the Plymouth Rotary Club?s holiday event. She was a life-long devoted Catholic. She taught CCD and later served as a Eucharistic Minister. After retirement, Aileen initiated the establishment of The Plymouth Food Warehouse, a program of the South Shore Community Action Council that collects and distributes food to more than a dozen area food pantries. Started in 2004, The Plymouth Food Pantry has grown exponentially and recently tallied over a million pounds of food received and distributed since its inception. Aileen was very active socially including being an active member of two bridge groups, a book club and a movie club. Aileen was an excellent cook and loved to entertain. She and John hosted a beautiful Christmas party for friends every year since 1957. She enjoyed family history and helped research the writings of her Irish grandmother Kate McPhelim Cleary. Above all Aileen was devoted to her family. Aileen is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, John J. Droege; her daughter Sheila Droege and partner Prudence Ashley; her daughter Mary Droege and husband Dean Boggio and their two children Emma Aileen and Benjamin Charles Boggio; her brother Joel Bullard, his wife Lou Ann and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Charles Elworthy and Vera Valentine Bullard, and her son John Patrick Droege. A celebration of Aileen?s life will take place i

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.