Fairfield funeral home put in spotlight


Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home received a Women’s Economic Spotlight Recognition Award. Shown, from left, are state Rep. Kim Fawcett, funeral home owner Pamala Shaughnessey Banks, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beverly Balaz, attorney and funeral director Sheryl Shaughnessey and First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

State Rep. Kim Fawcett and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beverly Balaz presented a Women’s Economic Spotlight Recognition Award to the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home.

Shaughnessey Banks is owned and operated by Pamala Shaughnessey-Banks with assistance from a team of women, including attorney Sheryl Shaughnessey, Rebecca Lautenslager and Terese Travis Horvath.

“Funeral homes have traditionally been a men’s business,” Fawcett said. “Even today, less than 5% of the nation’s funeral homes are owned by women. Pam and her team bring an important perspective to the industry, providing compassionate and personalized care to Fairfield families when they need it most.”

Founded in 1952 by Shaughnessey Banks’ father, the funeral home has been serving the Fairfield community for more than 65 years.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work and learn side by side with my father for many years and was uniquely positioned to apply my previous business experience and education to the funeral home business,” said Shaughnessey Banks, adding that women often bring added warmth and sensitivity to the task of helping people following the loss of a loved one.

Balaz said she was happy to continue her effort to highlight women in business in Fairfield through the Women’s Economic Spotlight program that she and Fawcett initiated together in 2013. Shaughnessey Banks is the second business to be recognized through
the program.

“We have so many strong women leaders in Fairfield like Pam who are running businesses and volunteering in our community,” Balaz said. “They add to the dynamic energy of our growing business community.”

Fawcett said the Women’s Economic Spotlight award is an ideal way to celebrate women’s contributions to both the community and the local economy.

Besides running the funeral home, Shaughnessey Bank is the current chairwoman of the board of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and the past president of the Connecticut Funeral Director’s Association. She is also a member of various organizations.

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