In 1884, Daniel W. Fox and his wife Mary (Cook) Fox began a funeral service business with $8 and a $100 bank note. The funeral home was actually the residence of the Fox family, who primarily built and supplied caskets and services to the Plainville community. In those times, preparation of the deceased, viewing and funeral services were commonly held in the home of the deceased.
Over time, the business passed to the Fox's grandchildren, Charles W. Diggle and Anna S. Diggle (first licensed woman funeral director in Connecticut). It was Anna's marriage to Walter Allen Bailey, Sr. that marked the beginning of the Bailey association of the funeral home. Allen had one son, W. Allen Bailey, Jr., known to many as "Bob" Bailey, who took over the business.
Bob had two sons, Bill and Jim. Bill ran the business with his father and grandfather, while Jim pursued a career in the orthopedic field. Then in 1985, Jim re-entered the profession and bought Bailey Funeral Home from his brother Bill, who retired in March of 1988. Jim and his daughter Jessica then continued to provide funeral services for the expanding funeral home. In 1996, Bailey Funeral Home proudly became affiliated with Carriage Services.
Through the years new staff members, including Paul Belval, Blaire Bouchard and Gary Szewczyk joined the staff. In 2009, Bailey Funeral Home, the town of Plainville's oldest business, celebrated 125 years in the funeral industry in our original location on Broad Street. Like our forefathers, we continue to strive in providing committed and compassionate service to Plainville and surrounding communities.
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