PAUL F. HARTLEY, General Manager
Paul Hartley began his career at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in 1961 when he was 20 years of age. He has been Superintendent of the Grounds since 1971 and General Manager of the cemetery since 2003. It has been his life-long occupation, making his knowledge and experience of cemetery services unsurpassed.
Although the cemetery prides itself on its record-keeping, Paul is its most unique resource in this regard, as he has an uncanny memory for people and faces and can often remember where folks resting within the gates are located.
Paul says, “I look forward to getting up in the morning and going to work. It’s rewarding to be of service to others in their greatest time of need. I try to make things easier for people and hope they come away from the cemetery more comforted and at peace.”
He is available to help you with choosing a lot, arranging for burials, designing a monument and provide you with other cemetery services from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and on Saturday by appointment.
To reach Paul Hartley, call the cemetery office at (401) 884-7691. He can also be reached at home for emergencies at (401) 884-6791.
SUSAN L. HADDAD, Office Manager
Susan Haddad began working at the cemetery in 2006 when Secretary of the Board of Directors, Lillian L. Allen, retired as the cemetery’s office manager at the age of 84, after 35 years of remarkable service. Another valuable part-time office worker, Margery F. Swift, retired two years later at age 79, after over 30 years of excellent service.
Longevity and uncommonly good service have been a legacy at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery. Susan says, “I have a lot to live up to! Both these ladies, and all those who came before them, served with great distinction.”
At the time Susan began at the cemetery all communication and office work was done by phone, mail and a typewriter. With today’s increasing consumer demand for faster communication and easy access to information, as well as the government’s current mandates for on-line reporting, it has fallen to Susan to meet these and other growing needs.
“There is so much information people would appreciate having access to on-line regarding the cemetery, and we will continue to try and meet those needs that truly benefit our lot owners and their families, as well as our community. Projects such as cemetery mapping with plot and burial look-up information come to mind, for instance. However, when it comes to really needing a person to help guide you, a phone call to the office is still the best way.” says Susan.
Susan has over 30 years of business experience with companies and organizations such as Digital Equipment Corp., Textron Inc., APC and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.