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Joseph Gawler's Sons Names Duane E. Hills Vice President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joseph Gawler’s Sons, the funeral home to presidents, announced the addition of Duane E. Hills as vice president, according to a news release. Hills, a 33-year veteran of the funeral industry, brings a wide range of expertise in customer service, staff development and mentoring.

"We are delighted to introduce Duane as part of our management team, and we know his passion for our business and focus on service will enhance the reputation for excellence Joseph Gawler’s Sons has earned since its inception," said Terence Shotkoski, president, Joseph Gawler’s Sons. “The breadth and depth of Duane’s experience with funeral homes of all sizes across the country, his success in professional development and his focus on the families will help us set an even higher standard for service in our community.”

Hills will be responsible for staff operations and will work closely with our team of professionals to provide continuous training and education. He will play an integral role in working with the families we serve both pre-need and after experiencing a loss. Mr. Hills has worked for funeral homes and memorial parks throughout the Dignity Memorial network for nearly 17 years as a general manager for several locations in Texas and New York. Previously, he owned two successful funeral homes in New York. Mr. Hills worked as a licensed funeral director before starting his own business. He is licensed in New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

“Joseph Gawler’s is one of the premiere funeral homes in the country, and I consider it an honor to serve the families we work with in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Hills, vice president, Joseph Gawler’s Sons. “To this day, it humbles me that I can meet someone for the first time at the front door of the funeral home and within a short period of time have earned their trust, know them personally, and help them through a difficult time.”

About Joseph Gawler’s Sons

Founded in 1850, Joseph Gawler’s Sons is a prestigious funeral home that has a rich history of serving the local community as well as presidents, dignitaries, diplomats, military heroes and celebrities. Its discrete care has earned it the moniker, “the funeral home to the presidents.” Its professionals understand losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and are committed to helping families with compassionate, professional and personal care, through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. The funeral home offers an array of unique services, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, Bereavement Travel Services, a 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® and much more. Serving metro Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, Joseph Gawler’s Sons, Inc. is a proud Dignity Memorial provider.

Posted Nov. 5


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