Who We Are

Why Smith?

Our name has always been synonymous with trust, caring and personal service. Today, we promise to work with your budget to provide a meaningful service you can afford.

At our funeral home, our goal is to arrange a service that not only celebrates the legacy of your loved one but also provides your family with the goodbye you need. We pledge to honor your loved one with dignity, respect, and personal attention to every detail. No matter the type of service you desire, our caring and knowledgeable staff will be there to assist you in any way that we can.

What sets us apart from other funeral homes? We are the only funeral home in Bristol County, RI and MA which has an onsite crematory, ensuring your loved one never leaves our care. Our staff is active in the communities we serve. We have great onsite parking.

We can accommodate up to 80 people for collations and special gatherings. We have holiday tributes for families we serve. We are highly skilled at making the final presentation of your loved one a good memory. We specialize in Veteran services and getting the benefits they earned. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about arranging a service, please contact us today. A member of our staff would be happy to speak with you.

Meet Our Team

We employ two full time and two part time licensed funeral directors, as well as a team of support staff. Each has a sincere interest in continuing the highest standard of ethical practices and the commitment to ensure that all of your needs are attended to. We are here for you.

Cathie is a fourth generation funeral director/embalmer. She learned from her grandfather and continues the Smith Family tradition, while moving things forward and keeping up with the latest trends and ideas about funeral service. Her parents met in Newport, while her mom, Rosemary (Smith) Alden was in nursing school and her father James Alden was in Officers Training at the Newport Navy Base. After a short courtship they were married and Rosemary followed Jim around the globe, with a son being born in Long Beach, CA…

Brian is a dedicated and compassionate Funeral Director and Funeral Preplanning Specialist, with comprehensive and expansive expertise directing all aspects of funeral service. He joins our team as a Funeral Director, as well as the Director of Advance Planning. As the Director of Advance Planning, Brian provides families with compassionate guidance to preplan their funeral service in advance. This alleviates doubt about their desired wishes and lessens the burden on their loved ones, allowing for a more peaceful grief experience…

Rosemary is a third generation Funeral Director/Embalmer with a Preneed Counselor Certification from the National Funeral Director’s Association. She is the daughter of Alice and Gus Smith, the sister of William A. Smith and the mother of Cathie Tattrie. She worked in the Medical Education field before her recent retirement. Life experience and business expertise make Rosemary the ideal person to discuss all of your funeral concerns for yourself and your loved ones.

Raymond is a third generation funeral director from a family of well known and respected funeral directors in Rhode Island. He was a graduate of Warren High School, He received an Associate’s degree in business administration from Bristol Community College and earned his Associate Degree in Funeral Service from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. Raymond worked in his family’s funeral business for many years, before his association with the Smith Funeral & Memorial Services…

Our Facilities

The funeral is an important opportunity to pay tribute to someone you loved. It is a time for relatives and friends to gather, tell stories, to share memories, to acknowledge your loss and support one another.

Whether it is our Chapel, Visitation Rooms, Family room, or Front Lobby, the flexibility of our layout allows us to accommodate a broad range of services. Our facilities can support everything from very large assemblies to the smallest of quaint gatherings. We pride ourselves on the functionality and appearance of our facilities. We are constantly updating and improving our premises and equipment to keep our facility within the highest of professional standards.


William J. Smith & Son, Inc. is a funeral home providing services to families residing in Bristol County, RI & MA and surrounding areas. Now known as Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, its origins date back to the nineteenth century. The founder, William H. Smith, the great-great uncle of the present owner, operated a general store right on the railroad tracks. Among other things, he sold furniture, which in those days included caskets when needed.

As time went on, and the Civil War began, the railroads were used to bring fallen soldiers home. Embalming became important at that time, allowing these soldiers time to come home and be viewed by family members. Mr. Smith became interested in this and learned to embalm from the chemical salesmen. As he got older, he taught his nephew, William J. Smith, a pharmacist, how to embalm. When the elder Smith passed away, his nephew took over the business and established an office at 17 Church Street, Warren.


Smith Funeral & Memorial Services has the strongest professional affiliations we have ever been involved with. This has provided us with an association of trustworthy forward-thinking funeral directors and business owners who are as committed to consumers’ needs, as they are family’s needs. This unique blend has shifted the focus back to service and value and the network synergism provides us with a daily advancement of service standards and experience resources to draw on. Please feel free to visit their websites through the links below to learn more about these organizations.