Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, 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.
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 additional staff members, including Andrea (DiGiacomo) Wasley and Nicole Granados, joined Jim and Jessica. With such a capable staff, Jim once again focused on his career in orthopedics with his company, Innovative Medical Products. In 2003 Andrea became manager of Bailey Funeral Home, while Jessica Bailey expanded her own career field and moved back to her childhood home of Long Island. 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.
Our Valued Staff
Andrea Wasley CFSP, Funeral Director, Managing Partner
Andrea Wasley, CFSP, a lifelong resident of Plainville, has been an integral part of Bailey Funeral Home since 1994. Andrea graduated from Plainville High School and Briarwood College in Southington, from where she received her degree in Mortuary Science. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and was promoted to managing partner in 2003. Andrea was designated as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 2005 and is a member of the Connecticut and National Funeral Director’s Associations. A longtime member and Past President of the Plainville Rotary Club, she also serves as Secretary of the Plainville Community Food Pantry and is a supporter and volunteer for numerous other community organizations. Andrea resides in Plainville with her husband Chris, their son Zachary, and their three golden retrievers. She remains passionate in the ever-changing funeral industry, specializing in creating meaningful life celebrations and advance planning.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys just about any outdoor activity, including camping, golfing, hiking, running, boating, and participating in obstacle course races, completing her first Tough Mudder in 2013.
Paul G. Belval CFSP, Funeral Director
Paul G. Belval is a native of Waterbury and a 1983 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. Always having an interest in funeral service, Paul enrolled at New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston and graduated in 1990. In 2008 he achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). He is an active volunteer at St. Mary Magdalen Church and School in Oakville, where he is a communicant and a former member of the school board. He is also a volunteer for Acts 4 Ministries in Waterbury where he helped organize an annual winter clothing drive. He also has been a volunteer for the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry where he helped organize an annual food drive. His hobbies include cooking, reading, jazz flute and golf. Paul and his wife Dawn reside in Thomaston with their two sons, Matthew and Ryan.
Robert "Bob" Graziosa, Director of Maintenance and Security
Bob was born in New Haven and was a lifelong resident of Cheshire, prior to making his current home in Waterbury.
Bob is a graduate of Cheshire High School and Naugatuck Valley Community College. He is the former owner and operator of GutterWorks, LLC, joining the Bailey team two years ago, and currently serves as the Director of Maintenance and Security.
Bob is a life member of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department with over 20 years of service and was Treasurer of the Department. Bob is also a past president of the Watertown Jaycees where he resided for four years.
Bob and his wife, Carol, have a son Jonathan who resides in Cheshire, with his wife, Barbara and their two children, Catherine and AJ.
Bob and his wife love to cruise, cook, and especially enjoy spending time with the family.
Susan (Fernandez) Abram, Funeral Assistant
Susan is a lifelong resident of Plainville, who graduated from Plainville High in 1968. She has been in the restaurant business since her family owned Burt’s Place from 1971-1986. After the birth of her son, Justin in 1987, she went to work at Pagliacci’s Restaurant and is still there today. She also finds time to be the Democratic Deputy Registrar of Voters in town. Susan has been active in many civic organizations. She is past president of the Plainville Junior Woman’s Club and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She has been a Girl Scout leader, a Red Cross Volunteer, and a member of the Project Graduation steering committee. She still volunteers with the Visiting Nurses Assoc. and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Plainville. An avid sports fan, her favorite teams are the Boston Red Sox, UCONN, and Plainville High. In her spare time, Susan enjoys the theater, summer family vacations at the beach, and dinners with friends. She also likes reading a good romantic mystery and shopping. Most of all, she loves meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. Susan joined the Bailey family in 2009.
Jim Bartelmo, Funeral Assistant
"Bart" has been in the monument industry for more that thirty years, and currently the owner and operator of New Britain Monumental Works. He joined the Bailey team in 2010, and lives in Wallingford with his wife and children. When he's not busy working, Bart enjoys playing golf ans spending time with his family.
David Brown, Funeral Assistant
A lifelong resident, Dave was born and raised in Plainville, and attended local schools. He currently resides in town with his wife Dorothy and two daughters. Dave is an active member of the Plainville Choral Society and the PCS Players, an off shoot of the choral society, dedicated to bringing community theater to Plainville. Dave joined the Bailey family in 2009.
Paul Grenier, Funeral Assistant
Paul is a graduate of St. Anthony High School in Bristol, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Central Connecticut State University. Paul has worked in the men’s apparel business for more than 30 years. He is currently a retail consultant and occasional store nanny to area retail stores. He and his wife Susan are native to this area. Paul joined the Bailey family in 2009.
Richard McDougall, Funeral Assistant
Dick retired from the Connecticut Light and Power Company in 1994. During his career of more than 30 years, he was the Work Management Coordinator in New Britain and Operations Analyst for the Cheshire District. He was also a former President of the Bristol AARP Chapter #3249. Currently he is President of the Jensen’s Activity Club in Southington and an instructor in the AARP Defensive Driving Program for the Senior Centers in Southington, Plainville and New Britain. He resides in Southington with his wife Phyllis and they have three children, five grandchildren and two great grandsons. Dick joined the Bailey family in 2008.
Charles "Chic" Smedick, Funeral Assistant
Chic is a lifelong Plainville resident, where he continues to reside with his wife of 35 years, Barbara. He served on the Plainville Fire Department for 9 years, before joining the Plainville Police Department 28 years ago, where he currently serves as Administrative Sergeant. He has been President of the Plainville Police Association for more than 20 years, is the current President of the Plainville Police Athletic League (PAL), and is a member of the Police Association of Connecticut (PAC). Having raised 2 sons of his own, Chic has continually shown his support to the youth of Plainville through his involvement with the Plainville Little League as a coach and umpire, volunteering on the Project Graduation Committee since 1991, and has received numerous awards for his work with students on Anti-Drug and Drunk Driving prevention programs. He enjoys playing golf, going fishing, and spending time in Westbrook where he is a member of the Elks Club. Chic joined the Bailey team in 2009.
Howard Swanson, Funeral Assistant
Howard was born in New Britain and has been a Plainville resident since 1950. A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he retired from Northeast Utilities after 42 years of service. Howard served his community for 28 years as a member and retired Chief of the Plainville Fire Department. He joined the Bailey family in 2008.
Leota Tighe, Funeral Assistant, Gardener
Lee has been a Plainville resident since 1959, where she and her husband Bill, raised their family and continue to reside. Lee was employed with the New Britain Herald for many years, and upon her retirement, joined the Bailey family. For more than 15 years, she has been a comforting presence at the door greeting guests, and has tended to all of the gardening around the funeral home grounds. Raised in Northern Maine, she continues to speak French fluently. Lee enjoys gardening, listening to all types of music, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Barbara West, Funeral Assistant
A resident of Plainville since 1934, Barbara’s father owned a barber shop in town for 34 years, where she became acquainted with many people. Barbara knew the founding members of the Bailey family, and has had the pleasure of working at Plainville’s oldest business for over 21 years and through four generations, where she continues to be a familiar face for those who visit the funeral home. In addition, she has been employed at the Hospital of Central Connecticut for 24 years, where she continues to work part time. Barbara enjoys crocheting, traveling to Maine to visit family, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gene Woolverton, Funeral Assistant
Gene was born, raised, and educated in East Texas, graduating from Modern Barber College in Houston and Henderson Business College. He moved to Connecticut in 1955 shortly after his marriage to Jean (Ohrnstedt), and resides on West Main Street in Plainville.
Gene served with the 4th Armored Division during the Korean Conflict as a Communications Chief. He was employed with the Rourke-Eno Paper Co., (now Unisource) for thirty three years in the accounting department. Upon his retirement in 1991, he joined the Bailey family as a funeral assistant, with the understanding that he may become a “snowbird”, spending his winters in Winter Haven, FL.
Gene was active in the First Baptist Church in Plainville for many years, before transferring to the Liberty Baptist Church in Bristol, where he is a member of their choir, and was a member of the Plainville Choral Society in its early organization. Gene and Jean have two children and three grandchildren.