Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 401-253-7110 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Jeffrey W. Steadman

Jeffrey W. Steadman

Funeral Director/Embalmer - Managing Partner

Jeffrey W. Steadman of 10 Wapping Drive, Bristol is a Funeral Director/Embalmer and the Managing Partner of Sansone Funeral Home. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, he is the son of Norman Steadman of Westerly and the late Nancy M. (Rathbun) Steadman. Jeff has been married to Alisa J. (Lombardo) Steadman for the past 29 years and is the proud dad to Jacob, age 21. He was educated in Westerly Public Schools and is a graduate of Westerly High School Class of 1974. He was a High Honor graduate of the former New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Sciences, Embalming and Funeral Directing, which was formerly located in Kenmore Square, Boston and has been part of Mt. Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts since August 1977.

A Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in the State of Rhode Island since September 1978, Jeff has been with Sansone since July 1988, when he joined his sister and brother-in-law, the late Ann Lombardo and the late Charles T. "Chuck" Lombardo, as a funeral director. He became the Managing Partner of Sansone Funeral Home in July 1999, when Sansone became a proud member of Carriage Services of Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Sansone in 1988, Jeff was a Funeral Director/Embalmer for the Buckler-Johnston and S.R. Avery Funeral Homes of Westerly and Hope Valley from 1975, when Jeff started his apprenticeship at Buckler-Johnston, until 1979. Jeff was a Partner and Manager of the former Wynn-Steadman Funeral Home of Bowdon, Georgia from 1979-1983. He returned to Buckler-Johnston and S.R. Avery for 1983-1988.

Jeff is an active communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bristol, where he and his wife Alisa received the highest honor of the parish as Chief Marshals of the 108th Feast Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 2006. He is a former seventh grade instructor in their Religious Education Program, a former assistant Organist at the parish for many years, and a current member and volunteer of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Committee since 1988. Jeff served the Town of Bristol as the chairman of the North and East Burial Ground Commission for a number of years and served on the commission for 15 years until he retired a few years ago. He was the President of the Board of Directors for the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen and Pantry on Hope Street in Bristol for over eight years and served on their board for 20 years, until their move to East Providence. He is a member of the Bristol County Lions Club, the Rhode Island Funeral Director Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

In his free time, Jeff enjoy spending time with his wife Alisa and son Jacob, as well as their two dogs, Brewster, an almost nine-year-old Bichon Friese, and Bristol, a Maltese who is seven this year.

Email: wecare@sansonefuneralhome.com


Ms. Tara J. McCarron

Ms. Tara J. McCarron

Funeral Director-Embalmer RI License # 1220

Tara J. McCarron joined our professional staff here at Sansone Funeral Home in September 2016 as a Funeral Director-Embalmer. Tara graduated from Johnston Senior High School in 2009 and from F.I.N.E. Mortuary College in 2012. She received her license in Funeral Directing and Embalming from the State of Rhode Island in October 2012.

Tara previously worked for the Nardolillo Funeral Home in Cranston for four years and has been with the Buckler-Johnston and S.R. Avery Funeral Homes of Westerly and Hope Valley, which are also Carriage Services locations, for the past two years. Tara is a member of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Andrew M. Steadman

Andrew M. Steadman

Director of Facility and Grounds

Andrew was born in Westerly, Rhode Island in July 1968 as the youngest of the five children of Norman Steadman and the late Nancy M. (Rathbun) Steadman. He is the younger brother of Jeff, our Managing Partner here at Sansone Funeral Home.

A graduate of St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, Connecticut, he attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont and Roger Williams University here in Bristol. When he is not working here at Sansone, he is the Office Manager at a psychiatry practice in Providence.

Andrew lives in the residence in our funeral home and is the proud and doting uncle to his four nephews and one niece. He is the proud dad of two beautiful cats, which keep our funeral home mice free.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading, cooking and gardening in all of the beautiful gardens of the funeral home. He spends much time planning, planting, caring for these gardens so that our families that we serve have a funeral home of great beauty during the growing season.

His other interests include Greyhound rescue; many in Bristol remember him walking his beloved greyhound, the late Elsie, around Sansone's neighborhood for many years. He has volunteered for the Faith Walk for Charity held yearly in Colt State Park for several years now.

Charles Alexandre

Charles Alexandre

Ambassador

Charles Alexandre, a lifelong resident of Bristol, has been the husband of Amrie (Tattrie) Alexandre for 53 year and is the proud father of four children, Charles R., Ellen E., Thomas G. and David J. Alexandre; and six grandchildren, Lea, Jocelyn, Tess and Caroline Alexandre and Christopher and Katherine Godet. He was the son of the late Evo and Elizabeth (Nunes) Alexandre.

Charlie graduated from Colt Memorial High School in 1951 and the Rhode Island Officer's Candidate School in 1958. He was a Captain (Ret.) of the Rhode Island National Guard and served from 1947-1971. He is a retired Foreman from Kaiser Aluminum Wire Division, having worked there from 1951-1982. He is also a former employee of Furon High Performance Plastics, where he was a Foreman from 1982-1996.

Following his retirement, he worked for Bristol Aluminum Windows from 1996-2001 and joined the staff of Sansone as an ambassador in 2002.

He has served the Town of Bristol as a member of the Bristol Zoning Review Board from 1987-2007, acting as their chairman for the last ten years of his membership, and has served on Bristol's Board of Canvassers since his appointment in 2007. He is an communicant of St. Mary's Church of Bristol.

Charles is an avid golfer and loves to travel all around the United States by car with his wife Amrie and sister-in-law Sarah as his navigators. Of course his favorite activity is spending time with Amrie, his children and his beautiful grandchildren.


Mr. David R. Simoes

Mr. David R. Simoes

Ambassador

David R. Simoes, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is the husband of Joyce (Squatrito) Simoes. They have two beautiful daughters, Anne Marie Higgins and Patricia Anne Pires, and five grandchildren, Matthew, Brendan, Brianna, Mitchell and Ryan. David and his wife Joyce are active parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church of Bristol, where they both are involved in many parish activities. They received the highest honor of the parish in being named Chief Marshals of the 16th of July Feast Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in 2008. David worked for Almac Supermarkets for 42 years and also worked in real estate for many years with Century 21, DeWolfe and Coldwell Banker, all in Bristol. He is very active in the Bristol Council #379 of the Knights of Columbus, Bristol, where he is the financial secretary and was a past Grand Knight and past District Deputy. He also is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus with the St. Pius X Assembly of East Providence and has been active with the Rhode Island State Council. He also has been active with the Town of Bristol where he is presently a member of the Zoning Board of Review Committee and a former member and past chairman of the Planning Board, a past Town Sergeant and a former member of the 4th of July Committee. David has been on our staff as an ambassador since 2006. David speaks fluent Portuguese to assist our families from the Portuguese community.

David H. Perry

David H. Perry

Ambassador

David was born and raised in East Providence and educated in the East Providence Catholic and public schools. He is the son of the late Henry and Frances (Cordeiro) Perry. Formerly an employee of the former People's Bank for over 20 years, he is currently employed by Holiday Inn Express of Warwick. He has been associated with Sansone for many years, first as a limousine driver with our livery company and now as an ambassador on our staff.

Madeline Grimo

Madeline Grimo

Part Time Administrative Assistant - Retired

Madeline Grimo, a lifelong Bristolian, is the youngest of 11 children born to the late Louis and Maria Botelho. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from Colt Memorial High School, Class of 1952. She was employed by the Bristol School Department for 30 years, retiring in 1996.

A very active parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bristol, Madeline is the Secretary of the 16th of July Feast Committee and coordinator of food and kitchen activities. She is also a member of the Senior Choir, the Nocturnal Adoration Society, the Catholic Charity Committee, 10/10 Club, and the Harvest Bazaar Committee. She is a lector, a Eucharistic Minister to those who are homebound in the community and at area nursing homes, and the Bereavement Mass Coordinator. She is also a member and Past President of the Rosary and Altar Society and a past member and secretary of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Board. In 1993, she received the highest honor from the parish when she was named Chief Marshal of the 16th of July Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Madeline is also a member of the Daughters of Isabella - Hope Circle #70 and has held the offices of Regent, Vice Regent and Secretary. She was a past Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Association for the Arts and the East Bay Chorus. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Bristol County Chorus under the direction of Joan Roth. Madeline has been a member of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee since 1987 and has chaired its Music and Entertainment, Interfaith Service and Card Party subcommittees. She is a member of the Concerts on the Common and Last Night Committee and a docent volunteer at Linden Place. She is a past member of the Bristol Rotary Club and was named an Honorary Rotarian in 1999.

For many years, Madeline chaired the annual bazaar for the Sisters of St. Dorothy held at Mt. St. Joseph Convent in Bristol. It was because of her dedicated service to the Sisters of St. Dorothy that she was granted an audience with Pope John Paul II in 1984. In the early 1960's she worked on various fundraising campaigns for worthy causes, such as the Heart Fund, the American Cancer Society, the YMCA and for the victims of earthquakes. She was the recipient of the 2001 Hattie Brown Award given by the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for outstanding community service and received in December of 2009 the Bristol Spirit of Christmas Award.

Madeline was married to the late Peter Grimo for over 30 years and they had three children, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Steven Grimo, USAF, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Gerald Grimo of Windsor, Vermont; and Patricia Squatrito of Bristol; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Madeline is bilingual. She speaks fluent Portuguese and is ever-ready to assist Portuguese-speaking families and visitors to our funeral home.


Ralph E. Cirillo

Ralph E. Cirillo

Ambassador - Retired

Ralph E. Cirillo, a lifelong resident of Bristol and the husband of the late Helen (Cabral) Cirillo, was born in Bristol to the late Louis Cirillo and the late Marguerite (Lemaire) Cirillo Quataro. Educated in Bristol schools and a graduate of Colt Memorial High School, he served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater with the 6th Marine Division including the Battle of Okinawa. Following the war, he worked in the Maintenance and Shipping Departments for the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. at both the Bristol and Portsmouth Plants for 40 years, retiring in 1983. He joined the Sansone Funeral Home staff in 1989 and continues to work with us today but in a semi-retired capacity. Our families were his number one priority. Whether it's greeting them at the door for visitation, driving the family in our limousine or just helping out on the funerals, his warm smile has always been a comfort to them at their time of loss.

Ralph is a communicant of St. Elizabeth's Church, Bristol, where he serves as an usher and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He served the town of Bristol as a past member of the Bristol Recreation Commission for a number of years and a former member of the "Chain Gang" for football games at our former Bristol High School now Mt. Hope High School.

You can find Ralph about every morning, out walking in Bristol's beautiful Colt State Park or visiting with "the guys" at our local coffee shops.  He is the proud father of Carol L. Cirillo, Ralph E. Cirillo, Jr. and Kenneth J. Cirillo, the extremely proud grandfather of Matthew, Michael, Mark, Kendra, Morgan and Taylor, and the brother of Louis J. "Chi-Chi" Cirillo.

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