History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our FAMILY History

The A.G. Cole Funeral Home was founded in 1929 by Adelbert G.Cole at 404 North Market Street.  The business moved to its present location on East Main Street in 1933 and Mr. Cole was joined in the running of the business in 1946 by his son Alan E. Cole. The business was incorporated in 1971 following extensive renovations which included a front porch enclosure. It was purchased  in 1992. by current owner Nicholas A. Cannizzo, Jr.  Mr. Cole continued to assist with funeral services sharing his more than 65 years of experience until his passing.

The Barter and Donnan Funeral Home was founded in 1944 as the Donnan Funeral Home located at 25 North Perry Street.  The Frederick Barter Funeral Home was purchased by Edward Donnan in 1969 and the two merged in 1975 and were located at 1 North Melcher Street in Johnstown.  Mr. Donnan continued to assist with funeral services sharing his more than 40 years of experience until his passing on April 8, 2015.

Our Valued Staff

  • Nicholas A Cannizzo Jr

    Nicholas A Cannizzo Jr Funeral Director, Owner

    I am a lifelong area resident having graduated from Johnstown High School and later received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College.

    I have been in the funeral business since 1991 serving the residents of the Fulton County area with pre-arrangement and funeral services. I purchased the A.G. Cole Funeral Home in 1992 and later acquired the Barter and Donnan Funeral Home in 2009.

    My wife, Kimberly and I reside in Johnstown and have two children. Today, my son and daughter are directors at the Funeral Homes.

    I am a member of the New York State Funeral Directors; the National Funeral Directors Board member of the Ferndale Cemetery; Member of Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown; Member of the Johnstown Moose Club; and the Amsterdam Elks Club.

  • Nicholas A Cannizzo III

    Nicholas A Cannizzo III Licensed Funeral Director

    I was born and raised in Johnstown, New York. I graduated from Johnstown high school in 2010 and later graduated from Hudson Valley community college with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science.

    Shortly after, I followed my Fathers footsteps and legacy by joining the family business. Recently my sister Alexis also became part of our amazing team. We are now assisting our Dad in assuming the leadership roles in both of our Funeral Homes.

    I consider it a privilege to serve the families of our community and be able to provide a meaningful, appropriate, and affordable funeral services. I especially enjoy sharing stories with them during services.

    I am a member of the New York State Funeral Directors.

    On my off days I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am most known for being the funny one and love being able to make people laugh, occasionally sneaking in a video or two.

  • Alexis C Cannizzo

    Alexis C Cannizzo Licensed Funeral Director

    I was born and raised in upstate New York. As a graduate of Johnstown High School, I continued my education at Hudson Valley Community College receiving an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science.

    I have been around the funeral business my entire life. Being able to contribute in our family business is an honor. Watching my Dad care for families during a time when there is a great need for compassion, inspired me to choose this career path and it is a privilege to follow in his footsteps. The reputation he has developed within our community is well earned and I hope to continue to provide that same type of service that he has entrusted in me.

    My goal is to help every family that comes into our Funeral Homes during one of the most difficult times of their lives. I feel gratified being able to ease the grief of family members. This profession is not just a career for me it is a passion.

    I am currently a member of the New York State Funeral Directors.

    I am a free spirit who loves adventures. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling. I am happiest, however, spending time with my family, significant other, and friends as well as hanging out with my five cats.