Matthew R. Bailey, CFSP, CCO
President, Funeral Director & Embalmer, Certified Celebrant, Certified Crematory Operator
Matthew R. Bailey, CFSP, president of the Bailey Family Funeral Homes, 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.
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. He went on to join the faculty of his alma mater and currently serves on the schools Board of Directors.
He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is a member and past president of the Wallingford Rotary Club. He 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.
He has been certified by the Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator and is a certified celebrant and a certified celebrant trainer through the Insight Institute. He holds the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
In 2021, American Funeral Director Magazine name him the Funeral Director of the Year.