Our Staff

Each of the staff members at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.

Questions? Please Call us anytime:

William Padulo, Director of Operations & Personnel, 
Funeral Director since 1995 

Bill attended the Aquinas Institute, class of '85. From there he studied at SUNY Canton College in Canton, NY. Having been friends with the Perotto family since third grade, he often spent time around the funeral home. He began working full time there and eventually decided to pursue his funeral director's license. He graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service and became a licensed funeral director a year later.

He has been a Greece resident since the late 80's. In 1994 he married Ellen Schmidt. They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Sarah, who are high school graduates and are pursuing their own passions. In their spare time, he and Ellen enjoyed years of watching them play basketball and softball. They love going out to dinner with friends, spending time with neighbors, and enjoying their swimming pool.

 “I am honored to have the opportunity to guide and lend support to families through the toughest time of their lives and feel it is a great privilege. It is rewarding to have people appreciate all that you do for them over the years. I am fortunate to call many of them friends.”

Michael Perotto, President, Funeral Director since 1988

Mike attended Canton College for Mortuary Science. After completing his residency he earned his funeral director’s license. Since then, he’s been growing the business with his dad, Phil, and brother, David.

A large part of his commitment to improving funeral care is being involved in industry-related organizations. He has previously served as president of both the Preferred Funeral Directors International (PDFI) and the local Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association. Mike is currently serving as a board member for the Greece Rotary.

Mike has enjoyed watching his own sons, Michael and Jon grow into young men who are now creating their own distinct futures. Mike’s third “son,” Rocky is the family’s faithful companion. 

Aside from keeping lacrosse stats on the sidelines of his son’s games over the years, Mike is true outdoorsman who loves to hunt, hike, fish, or just sit around a campfire with friends. When he gets some spare time, he likes cooking and perfecting timing and flavors with his food smoker.

“It is our commitment to the family legacy, reaching back to 1922, that motivates us to continue to grow and improve."

David Perotto, Vice-President, Funeral Director since 1994

After graduating from high school at the Aquinas Institute, Dave earned a horticulture degree from Cornell University. In 1994, Dave graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service and chose to enter the family business, teaming up with his dad, Phil, and brother, Mike. After his dad’s retirement, Dave and Mike took the reins and began managing the business together.

For several years, Dave served on the Ambassador Committee for the Greece Chamber of Commerce and eventually served on their board of directors in 2017. Dave is currently the board chair. More recently, he served on the executive committee. In 2015 he finished a term as a board member for the New York State Funeral Directors Association and was appointed as one of the NYS Pre-Plan trustees. 

Dave's hobbies include scuba diving, hiking in the Adirondacks, fishing & bow hunting. He enjoys starting his days at the Northwest YMCA. This association led him to join the YMCA Board of Managers, giving him the opportunity to give back to the organization. He served as the "Invest in Youth" chairman, a campaign raising funds to make membership affordable for all at the YMCA. He also served as branch chair. He lives in Greece with his wife, Jackie whom he met from his days at Aquinas.

“People ask me all the time ‘Why do you work as a funeral director?’ My response is always the same. It is rewarding to be able to help people as they recover from the loss of a loved one. I can't think of a more gratifying profession than ours.” 

Joseph P. Capuano, Funeral Director since 1978

Joe is a native Rochesterian. After high school he studied at Monroe Community College, following with a degree from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He has served over 40 years as a funeral director, taking care of families in the Rochester area.

His enjoyments in life are being a funeral director, traveling, classic cars, shooting pool, and doing building projects. His passion is his family which includes his beautiful wife, Phyllis; daughters, Roseanna & Christina; grandson, Frankie; sisters, and many other family members.

“I realize I couldn’t have chosen a better profession to dedicate my life to. My years of caring for others have been rewarding. It has kept me alert to the needs that many people have, as well as the frailty of life itself.” 

Emily Knapp, Administrative Assistant

Emily grew up in the small town of Holley, NY, sandwiched between an older sister and younger brother. Her family also includes her dog, Ziggy; and cats, Beans and Baby Kitty.

It may have been the trails around beautiful Holley Falls and the Erie Canal that sparked her interest in outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and camping with family and friends. When she can, she likes to visit the Adirondack Mountains to enjoy the views and nature of the area. She enjoys any chance she has to explore the great outdoors.

Interestingly enough, Emily’s work at a veterinarian’s office helped her to be a good fit for working at the funeral home. She has a lot of experience working with families. During that time, she often supported them while grieving over the loss of a different kind of family member, their pets. We are glad to add her intuitiveness and care to Walker Brothers team.