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.
Our Valued Staff
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, RI he is the son of Norman Steadman of Westerly and the late Nancy M. (Rathbun) Steadman. Jeff is married to Alisa J. (Lombardo) Steadman for the past 22 years and is the proud dad to Jacob, age 15. He was educated in Westerly Public Schools and 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 formerly in Kenmore Square, Boston now part of Mt. Ida College, Newton, MA in August of 1977. A Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in the State of Rhode Island since September of 1978. Jeff has been with Sansone's since July of 1988, when he joined his brother-in-law and sister, Ann Lombardo and the late Charles T. "Chuck" Lombardo as a funeral director. He became the Managing Partner of Sansone Funeral Home in July of 1999,when Sansone's became a proud member of Carriage Services of Houston, Texas. Previous to joining Sansone's 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 and returned to Buckler-Johnston and Avery's in 1983-1988. Jeff was a Partner and Manager of the former Wynn-Steadman Funeral Home of Bowdon, Georgia from 1979-1983. Jeff is an active communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Bristol where he received the highest honor of the parish along with his wife, Alisa as Chief Marshals of the 108th Feast Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 2006. He is the current 7th grade instructor in their Religious Education Program, a member and volunteer of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Committee since 1988 and a former assistant Organist at the parish for many years. Jeff serves the Town of Bristol as the chairman of the North and East Burial Ground Commission for the past five years and have served on the commission for 15 years. He is the President of the Board of Directors for the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen and Pantry on Hope Street in Bristol for the past six years and has served on their board for 20 years. He is a member of the Bristol County Lions Club and a member of 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 and their two dogs, Brewster, a almost three year old Bichon Friese and Bristol, a Maltese who will be one this year.
Raymond J. Dutelle, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Raymond J. Dutelle, a lifelong resident of Warren, of 39 Vernon Street, Warren, has been married to Frances M. (Lima) Dutelle for 30 years. They have two children, Raymond J. Dutelle, Jr. of Bristol and Alison E. Miranda and her husband, Brent Miranda of Riverside and the very proud grandfather of Keegan J. Dutelle of Bristol. He is the son of the late James and Gabrielle (Desmaris) Dutelle. Educated in the Warren Public Schools, he was a graduate of Warren High School, Class of 1975. He was a graduate of New England Institute at Mt. Ida College, Newton, MA in Funeral Science, Class of 1995. A Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for the State of Rhode Island since March of 1996. He was a former Funeral Director for the George C. Lima Funeral Home of Bristol from 1996-1998. He joined the professional staff of Sansone Funeral Home of Bristol in 2000 and the Buckler-Johnston and S.R.Avery Funeral Homes of Westerly and Hope Valley since 2006 continuing his work at Sansone's as well. He was a former Paramedic for the Warren Rescue Squad and Bristol Rescue Squad from 1990-1998 and a former Captain of Warren Rescue Squad in 1992. He is an active member and the Secretary for Warren Fire Department Massasoit Hook & Ladder Company #1. A member of the Bristol County Lodge of Elks # 1860 and a Past Grand Knight and a life member of the Bristol County Knights of Columbus Council # 379. Ray and his wife, Fran are active communicants of St. Jean Baptiste Church of Warren, where both are Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist and active volunteers at both St. Jean Baptiste Church and St. Mary of the Bay Church for many different functions and social events. Ray is also a member of the St. Jean Baptiste and St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery Commission, Treasurer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Jean Baptiste Church. He is a member of the Rhode Island Funeral Director Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time, in good weather you can find Ray cruising the area on his motorcyle with his wife Fran on the back, going to soccer games watching his grandson Keegan having fun and cooking up great clam boils in his back yard for his neighbors and friends.
Andrew M. Steadman, Director of Facility and Grounds
Andrew was born and raised in Westerly, RI, the youngest of five, Andrew was born to Norman Steadman and the late Nancy M. (Rathbun) Steadman in July of 1968 and baby brother to Jeff, our Managing Partner here at Sansone's. A graduate of St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, CT, he attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT and Roger Williams University here in Bristol. When he is not working here at Sansone's 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 his 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, which he spends much time planning, planting, caring for, so that our families that we serve have a funeral home of great beauty during the growing season. His other interests have been Greyhound rescue, many in Bristol remembers 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, Ambassador
Charles Alexandre, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is the husband of Amrie (Tattrie) Alexandre for 53 year and 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 had served from 1947-1971. He is a retired Foreman from Kaiser Aluminum Wire Division working from 1951-1982, 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's as an ambassador in 2002 till presently. He has served the Town of Bristol as a member of the Bristol Zoning Review Board from 1987-2007, serving as their chairman for the last 10 years of membership and now is serving on Bristol's Board of Canvassers since his appointment in 2007. He is an communicant of St. Mary's Church of Bristol and he is an avid golfer and love 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.
David H. Perry, Ambassador
David, born and raised in East Providence and educated in the East Providence Catholic and public schools, is the son of the late Henry and Frances (Cordeiro) Perry. A employee of the former People's Bank for over 20 years. He is currently employed by Holiday Inn Express of Warwick and he has been associated with Sansone's for many year first as a limousine driver with our livery company and now an ambassador on our staff.
Madeline Grimo, Part Time Administrative Assistant
Madeline Grimo, a lifelong Bristolian, is the youngest of eleven 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, a member of the Senior Choir, a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, the Catholic Charity Committee, 10/10 Club and Harvest Bazaar Committees. She is a lector, a Eucharistic Minister to those who are homebound in the community and at area nursing homes and she is the Bereavement Mass Coordinator. She is also a member of the Rosary and Altar Society and Past President, and a past member and secretary of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Board. In 1993, she received the high honor from the parish, being named Chief Marshal of the 16th of July Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is 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 presently 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. She is 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 and two step grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Madeline is bilingual, she speaks fluent Portuguese, ever ready to assist our Portuguese speaking families and visitors to our funeral home.
Ralph E. Cirillo, Ambassador
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 School's and a graduate of Colt Memorial High School, he served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theater with the 6th Marine Division including the Battle of Okinowa. Following the war he worked in the Maintenance and Shipping Departments for the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. at both of the Bristol and Portsmouth Plants for 40 years, retiring in 1983. He joined the Sansone Funeral Home staff in 1989 and continues today but in a semi retired capacity. Our families were his number one priority whether 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, 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 Commisssion 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 and extremely proud grandfather of Matthew, Michael, Mark, Kendra, Morgan and Taylor, and brother to Louis J. "Chi-Chi" Cirillo.
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 parishoners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church of Bristol, where they both are involved in many parish activites. They received the highest honor of the parish 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, Knights of Columbus, Bristol where he is the financial secretary and was a past Grand Knight and a past District Deputy. He also is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus with the St. Pius X Assembly of East Providence and has also been active with the RI 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 and David speaks fluent Portuguese to assist our families from the Portuguese community.