Our Family and staff
Licensed funeral director and owner Andrew Hodges graduated from Humber College’s Funeral Service Education Program in 2002, and worked at Trull Funeral Homes in Toronto. Seeking to better serve families (and to spend more time with his bride Andrea), Andrew and Andrea purchased the former Robert G. Sass Funeral Home in 2003, and purchased the L.A. Ball Funeral Chapel in 2012. Andrew has been an active member in the community over the years, as a former member of the St. Marys Optimist Club, St. Marys Youth Centre, Parish Council at Holy Name of Mary and Kinsmen Club of St. Marys. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys tennis and badminton, karaoke, and spending time with wife Andrea and daughter Charlotte.
Co-owner and administrator Andrea Macko entered funeral service by marriage; she and Andrew have been married since 2002. With a background in journalism, Andrea served as reporter and columnist for the St. Marys Journal Argus and was most recently Events Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys. Andrea was a driving force behind the restoration of the town's tennis courts, sat on the board of the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation and volunteers her media skills in a variety of capacities. She currently sits on two municipal committees and is a board member of the St. Marys Farmers' Market. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys tennis, badminton, cycling and cooking, as well as spending time with husband Andrew and daughter Charlotte.
Part-time staff member Jamie Hahn is well known in St. Marys; he served as its Mayor for many years. Jamie’s memory of residents past and present is impressive to witness when people attend visitations and funerals. Jamie is enjoying retirement from political life with wife Joan, children and grandchildren.
Gary Mallalieu is a St. Marys native. He is married to Cynthia (Copeland) and have two daughters, Aralynn and Raianna. He is a member of St. Marys United Church and has been active in church choir, council and Sunday School. Gary graduated from the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College in June 2016, after assisting Andrew for a few years. Gary’s interests include gardening, music, musical theatre and refinishing furniture, but most of all, he enjoys home and family life.
Gary recently obtained his certificate as a certified funeral celebrant and is available to officiate funerals (and other occasions) for families that do not have a church affiliation. Click here for his website.
Part-time staff member Bob Sass is the former owner of what is now the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home; the facility at 47 Wellington St. S. was the Robert G. Sass Funeral Home from 1983 to 2003. Bob was licensed as a funeral director in 1968, and still serves as mentor to Andrew and Andrea. Born and raised in St. Marys, Bob and wife Pat are now enjoying retirement and grandchildren, and it is always a pleasure to have Bob (and his sense of humour) in the building.
Mr. Pickles is the youngest member of the Hodges Funeral Home team. Born in February 2023, he is currently in training as welcoming committee and unofficial grief counsellor. Mr. Pickles enjoys chew toys, belly rubs and regularly claiming the coveted "employee of the month" award since his arrival in April 2023.
Mr. Pickles is a distant relative of Agnes, who presided over the funeral home for more than 15 years. Click here for her memorial page.