Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

The National Pursuit of Excellence Award honors professional integrity, outstanding community service, and high ethical standards among funeral directors. We are humbled to have been selected ten times by the National Funeral Directors Association to receive this prestigious award, placing us in the Hall of Excellence and at the forefront of funeral homes, Connecticut and beyond.

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Pamala Shaughnessey Banks President, Funeral Director pam@sbfairfield.com

Pamala Banks is the President of the firm and a licensed funeral director. She attended Boston College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fairfield University. Pamala is Past President of the Connecticut Funeral Director’s Association, a member of the National Funeral Director’s Association, a member of Brooklawn Country Club, the Gaelic American Club, the Ukrainian Club, the Elks and the Past Chairman of the Board of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Pam supports the Kennedy Center, Operation Hope, the YMCA, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

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Sheryl A. Shaughnessey, Esq. Funeral Director sb@sbfairfield.com

A licensed funeral director since 1976, Sheryl works part-time in the family business. She is a tireless promoter of getting your end of life affairs in order. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from the Bridgeport School of Law. She has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Sheryl is past President of the Bridgeport Bar Association and past President of the Fairfield Rotary Club. She is on the Executive Board of the Inner City Foundation as well as continues to be active in Fairfield Rotary.

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Rebecca Lautenslager Funeral Director, CT Lic. #2643 rebecca@sbfairfield.com

Rebecca grew up in Fairfield, OH and since a young age, has always been interested in helping others. Following high school, she was accepted to the University of Dayton where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in Physical Therapy and Allied Health Sciences. During her undergrad, she met a lifelong friend whose father is a well-respected and talented funeral director. This further piqued her interest in anatomy and physiology and her career path took a turn, as she began to feel a strong connection to funeral service.

 

While being a physical therapist and a funeral director both relate closely to her interests, Rebecca decided to pursue the latter since there was (and still is) a huge need for compassionate funeral service professionals. She then entered Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, often referred to as “the Harvard of mortuary science”, where she graduated first in her class. She was licensed in Ohio and practiced there for 2 years before coming east to join the nationally recognized, Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home and has been part of the team for over 16 years.

 

Rebecca is an expert on listening to family stories and incorporating those ideas to create a personalized service, unique to the life being celebrated. She also serves as the funeral home’s Green Burial Specialist and firmly supports lessening the carbon footprint, both professionally and personally.

 

Rebecca has served on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and is an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. She has set a standard as a community leader, helping to form and subsequently serve on the Board of Directors for the Chamber’s Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization (FELO). In her spare time, she can be seen on the sidelines of her sons’ sporting events or relaxing on the beach.

 

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Brendan McKeon CFSP., CCO Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant brendan@sbfairfield.com

Brendan grew up in Hamden and graduated From Fairfield Prep. Following high school, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. During his time at Quinnipiac, his interest in funeral service never strayed far as he continued to help local funeral homes in the New Haven area as a pallbearer and funeral assistant. Though his professional passion to help others in their time of need was strong, Brendan recognized that as a young man, his friendliness and ability to make people laugh would be well-suited for a younger crowd. He moved to Orlando and joined the Walt Disney World team in the Magic Kingdom.

After a few memorable years of putting smiles on the faces of children, Brendan returned home to focus on a career in funeral service and to let his compassion for others flourish. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Briarwood College 2010 and was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in 2011.

Brendan subsequently gained valuable work experience at funeral firms in Stamford and Greenwich, prior to joining the staff of Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in January 2020. He is an advocate for advanced planning and specializes in making the process simple and beneficial to each client he serves. In addition, as a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Brendan is dedicated to creating unique and meaningful celebration of life experiences. Having earned his designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Brendan is passionate about continuing education, community events and community engagement. He is also a certified crematory operator. 

Brendan is a member of the Gaelic American Club, member and past president of the Rotary Club of Monroe, past president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and past chair of Project Warmth Monroe. Brendan has also served on the faculty for funeral service education at Lincoln College of New England and Goodwin College.

Pamala Shaughnessey Banks

President, Funeral Director
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Pamala Banks is the President of the firm and a licensed funeral director. She attended Boston College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fairfield University. Pamala is Past President of the Connecticut Funeral Director’s Association, a member of the National Funeral Director’s Association, a member of Brooklawn Country Club, the Gaelic American Club, the Ukrainian Club, the Elks and the Past Chairman of the Board of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Pam supports the Kennedy Center, Operation Hope, the YMCA, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Sheryl A. Shaughnessey, Esq.

Funeral Director
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A licensed funeral director since 1976, Sheryl works part-time in the family business. She is a tireless promoter of getting your end of life affairs in order. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from the Bridgeport School of Law. She has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Sheryl is past President of the Bridgeport Bar Association and past President of the Fairfield Rotary Club. She is on the Executive Board of the Inner City Foundation as well as continues to be active in Fairfield Rotary.

Rebecca Lautenslager

Funeral Director, CT Lic. #2643
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Rebecca grew up in Fairfield, OH and since a young age, has always been interested in helping others. Following high school, she was accepted to the University of Dayton where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in Physical Therapy and Allied Health Sciences. During her undergrad, she met a lifelong friend whose father is a well-respected and talented funeral director. This further piqued her interest in anatomy and physiology and her career path took a turn, as she began to feel a strong connection to funeral service.

 

While being a physical therapist and a funeral director both relate closely to her interests, Rebecca decided to pursue the latter since there was (and still is) a huge need for compassionate funeral service professionals. She then entered Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, often referred to as “the Harvard of mortuary science”, where she graduated first in her class. She was licensed in Ohio and practiced there for 2 years before coming east to join the nationally recognized, Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home and has been part of the team for over 16 years.

 

Rebecca is an expert on listening to family stories and incorporating those ideas to create a personalized service, unique to the life being celebrated. She also serves as the funeral home’s Green Burial Specialist and firmly supports lessening the carbon footprint, both professionally and personally.

 

Rebecca has served on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and is an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. She has set a standard as a community leader, helping to form and subsequently serve on the Board of Directors for the Chamber’s Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization (FELO). In her spare time, she can be seen on the sidelines of her sons’ sporting events or relaxing on the beach.

 

Brendan McKeon CFSP., CCO

Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant
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Brendan grew up in Hamden and graduated From Fairfield Prep. Following high school, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. During his time at Quinnipiac, his interest in funeral service never strayed far as he continued to help local funeral homes in the New Haven area as a pallbearer and funeral assistant. Though his professional passion to help others in their time of need was strong, Brendan recognized that as a young man, his friendliness and ability to make people laugh would be well-suited for a younger crowd. He moved to Orlando and joined the Walt Disney World team in the Magic Kingdom.

After a few memorable years of putting smiles on the faces of children, Brendan returned home to focus on a career in funeral service and to let his compassion for others flourish. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Briarwood College 2010 and was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in 2011.

Brendan subsequently gained valuable work experience at funeral firms in Stamford and Greenwich, prior to joining the staff of Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in January 2020. He is an advocate for advanced planning and specializes in making the process simple and beneficial to each client he serves. In addition, as a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Brendan is dedicated to creating unique and meaningful celebration of life experiences. Having earned his designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Brendan is passionate about continuing education, community events and community engagement. He is also a certified crematory operator. 

Brendan is a member of the Gaelic American Club, member and past president of the Rotary Club of Monroe, past president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and past chair of Project Warmth Monroe. Brendan has also served on the faculty for funeral service education at Lincoln College of New England and Goodwin College.