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 is an active member of the Kinsmen Club of St. Marys and ushers at Holy Name of Mary Parish. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys tennis and badminton, karaoke, and spending time with wife Andrea, daughter Charlotte and Agnes the family dachshund.
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 is now Events Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys. Andrea was a driving force behind the restoration of the town's tennis courts. She also is a volunteer at Holy Name of Mary church. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys tennis, badminton, cycling and cooking, as well as spending time with husband Andrew, daughter Charlotte and Agnes.
Licensed funeral director 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.
Over the past year (2020/2021) Gary Mallalieu has been on leave from the funeral home due to medical reasons. It was the hope that after treatments he would be able to return as funeral director. Unfortunately, on advice from his doctors, Gary will not be returning to full time work at this time, but perhaps in the future as a funeral director assistant. We want to thank Gary for his service to the Hodges Funeral Home and to St. Marys. During the past year, Gary obtained his certificate as a certified funeral celebrant and may be available to officiate funerals for families that do not have a church affiliation.
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.
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.
Welcoming committee and grief counsellor Agnes the dachshund has been an important staff member since arriving at the funeral home as a puppy in 2006. The red brindle miniature dachshund is renowned for her general cuteness and ability to put children and adults at ease during at a time of grief and sadness. When she’s not serving as doorbell for the funeral home, Agnes enjoys naps, sitting in laps, and belly rubs.