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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
The year was 1879. Thomas Edison demonstrated his first practical electric bulb, the first Woolworth Store was opened in Utica, NY, and Daniel Griswold opened the doors to the Griswold Funeral Home. He would operate the business for a number of years until selling it to Carl W. Bailey, who renamed the firm C.W. Bailey Funeral Home to reflect the Bailey family's ownership.
When Carl's son Benjamin C. Bailey joined the family business in 1934, the name was changed to C.W. Bailey & Son Funeral Home. After Carl's death in 1944, Benjamin continued operating the funeral home, and in 1952 the business was moved to its present location on 273 South Elm St. The name was then changed to the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, Inc.
Benjamin retired in 1977 and died in 1994.
Robert B. Bailey is the current owner and president of the corporation and he runs the facility with the help of his son, Matthew R. Bailey, the fourth generation of the Bailey family to serve Connecticut families.
Our Valued Staff
Matthew R. Bailey, President, Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant
Matthew R. Bailey, president of the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, is the fourth generation of the Bailey family to serve the community. He attended Holy Trinity School in Wallingford and Xavier High School in Middletown prior to his studies at The Catholic University of America(CUA) in Washington, DC. From CUA, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. While in Washington, Matthew received his Third Degree with the Knights of Columbus CUA Council # 9542 and was employed by CUA and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. While at CUA, he served on the Undergraduate Student Government's Executive Board in the position of Legislative Vice President. He was recognized by Who's Who in American College and University Students.
Matthew was a student at the America Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI) in New York City where he was elected by his peers to serve as class president. Following his graduation from AAMI and successful completion of the Funeral Service Conference Examining Board's National Examination, Matthew joined the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home full time.
Matthew is a member and past president of the Wallingford Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Rotary Club, the Wallingford Foundation, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the Wallingford Family YMCA, and the Wallingford Public Library.
Matthew has served as a member of the faculty at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City - the premier funeral service school in the United States.
Robert B. Bailey, President-emeritus, Funeral Director
Robert B. Bailey, president-emeritus, joined his father in the business in 1967; and except for a tour in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974, he has continuously served the community. He was a graduate of Leicester College in 1966 and graduated from the American Academy MacAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1967. Robert and his wife, Darlene Cannata Bailey, have three grown children: Michele Bailey Chaudhry, Michael R. Bailey and Matthew R. Bailey. Robert is active in the community as a past president of the Wallingford Rotary Club being honored as both a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of the year. He has served as the vice president of the In Memoriam Cemetery Assoc. He has also served on the boards of the Wallingford Jaycees, Wallingford Family YMCA, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital. He is a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Shawn M. Smith, Funeral Director
Shawn M. Smith, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, joined the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home in February of 2007. He is a native of Michigan but made Connecticut his home in 2004.
He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he received the Homer D. Leffler Award for excellence in counseling and funeral arranging.
Shawn began his military career at Fort Knox, KY serving as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist within the Army. While in the Army he was stationed overseas in Yongsan, South Korea, serving in the USFK Army Mortuary. In Korea he was a soldier within the 305th Quartermaster Company. Shawn worked in search and recovery operations with CILHI (Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii). With the help of other soldiers he was responsible for the repatriation of several MIA soldiers of the Korean War. He is a proud veteran of the War on Terror. Post 9-11 Shawn was stationed at Fort Lee, VA with the 54th Quartermaster Mortuary Affairs Company. He received numerous decorations during his enlistment.
Shawn also studied at the Virginia Institute of Forensic Medicine and Science in Richmond, VA where he specialized in Covert Burial Operations. He is a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, and active within his church. Shawn brings years of experience in funeral service to the Bailey team and specializes in veterans benefits and issues. He makes his home in Wallingford, and enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.