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Roy F. Bordeau
Licensed Funeral Director
Roy was born and raised in Schenectady, NY. At a young age Roy developed an interest in the funeral business and decided he wanted to become a Funeral Director.
In 1974, Roy graduated with honors from the Mortuary Science Program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. Roy served his state required residency training at the prestigious Marshall W. Tebbutt's Sons in Albany, NY.
Roy received his funeral directing license in 1975 and has served families like yours for over 40 years.
In 1980, Roy began a “Professional Trade” business, supplying professional services such as embalming and cosmetology services to Capital District funeral homes. His reputation has earned him the distinction of one of the most respected embalmers. Even though Roy was very successful with his embalming service he always desired to operate his own funeral home. For years he visited funeral homes for sale near and far, but then a new vision emerged with the observation of cremation rising steadily. Roy envisioned a service to the families requesting cremation as means of final disposition, specifically a "simple" cremation. Because of this, Simple Choices, Inc. was established. Simple Choices would be the long sought-out service families were seeking (affordable cremation as an alternative to high-cost funerals) as well as high cost cremation offered by traditional funeral homes.
Roy has always considered it the greatest privilege to assist families in their time of loss and grief. He has always considered funeral directing a vocation rather than just an occupation.
Roy has been a church organist since the age of 14 and met his wife, Anne Marie, also a church organist, when thier two churches merged in 1975. They have a daughter, Andrea Marie, who is married with 3 children living in Nashville, TN and employed by the Vanderbilt University as Manager of Global Safety and Security.
Nicholas J. Facci
Licensed Funeral Director
Nicholas “Nick” Facci has been helping families in funeral homes since 2009. He found his calling in funeral service at a young age after the death of a childhood friend and a cousin. Nick began working in funeral service during his sophomore year of high school, since then, he has accepted positions with funeral firms in Schenectady, Amsterdam, Troy and Colonie, expanding his professional experience and working with some of the most well-known names in the profession.
A native of Amsterdam, Nick received his education from the Greater Amsterdam School District. He is a graduate of Amsterdam High School, class of 2012 and also Hudson Valley Community College, class of 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, Major in Mortuary Science with the distinction of high honors. Nick received his National Board Certification from the International Conference of Funeral Service in June 2014 and then served his state required residency under the sponsor of his long-time mentor, Roy F. Bordeau. Nick received his Funeral Directing License in July 2015 after passing the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing law exam.
Nick remained on staff with the Simple Choices from licensure until March 2017, when at that time he accepted a position with a national conglomerate funeral firm, which brought him tremendous experience and opportunity. After serving that firm for nearly 4 years, Nick returned to Simple Choices where he continues to serve not only as a Funeral Director but serves the business in various other capacities.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys traveling, landscaping, home improvement projects and spending time with family and friends.
“Over the years, I have been very fortunate to work with some of the best-known firms and directors in the profession, for which I am grateful. I credit these individuals and their businesses for molding me to be the Funeral Director that I am today. I love what I do, and I do not consider this a job or just my career but rather my lifestyle.” -Nick Facci