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 203-933-1217 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.


Philip Malley Appell Sr.

Philip Malley Appell Sr.

Funeral Director - Managing Partner

Philip Malley Appell, Sr. is a native of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and is a graduate of Old Saybrook High School. His family have been members of the North Branford Community since the American Revolution. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the service, Phil graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. After his return from college, he started a long association with Swan Funeral Home, located in Old Saybrook, Madison, and Clinton. Phil was promoted to Manager in 1995 and General Manager in 1998. He was responsible for five funeral homes and a crematory. After 36 years of service and many corporate changes, Phil left to join the Keenan Funeral Home in North Branford and West Haven as the Managing Partner. The Appell family are parishioners of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in Middletown. Phil is the father of four children. He lives in Middletown with his wife, Maria and his three youngest children, Spencer, Emily, and Elisabeth. His eldest son, Phil, and his wife Becca, are residents of Bristol. His two daughters attend St. John Paul II School and Mercy High School in Middletown, and his younger son attends Xavier High School. Phil is an avid movie memorabilia collector and is especially fond of John Wayne. Phil looks forward to serving and working with families in the community.

Dean McMorran Jr.

Dean McMorran Jr.

Funeral Director

Dean McMorran Jr. was raised in Meriden, Connecticut where he graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School.  Dean then went on to attend Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut where he graduated with honors with a degree in Mortuary Science.  Prior to becoming a Licensed Funeral Director, Dean served as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for ten years with Hunter's Ambulance and then New Britain Emergency Medical Services.  Dean has experience in all aspects of funeral service from pre-planning services to assisting a family at their time of need.  Dean previously served as the Executive Board Treasurer for the State of Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the Executive Board Treasurer for IAEP Local R1-294 and is presently a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.  Dean currently resides in Essex and is a parishioner of Saint Joseph Church in Meriden.  Beside being a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Dean also holds a Life and Health Insurance Producer License and also maintains his Emergency Medical Technician certification.  When Dean is not serving the community he spends all his free time with his two children, Kaleb and Trevor, his girlfriend Tanina, his family and his dog Titan.  Dean is grateful to be able to assist families in their time of need and looks forward to serving the community.



Hugh Keenan IV

Hugh Keenan IV

Funeral Director

Hugh Keenan and his family has enjoyed a long relationship with the people of West Haven that dates back to 1898. Over time, this relationship has been strengthened based on trust and compassionate service to friends and neighbors in this unique community. Many years ago, he increased the area of service to include facilities at 238 Elm Street, West Haven and 330 Notch Hill Road, North Branford. Throughout this growth, he has remained steadfast in his dedication to provide the very best care at the most difficult time and this commitment remains to this day.

Jamie Cowan

Jamie Cowan

Funeral Director Consultant/Pre Need Counselor/Life Planning

Jamie joined our team with a focus on helping families navigate some of life's most difficult challenges.

For the past 19 years, Jamie has provided information and guidance and has assisted thousand of families in protecting and keeping what they have earned. He also is a frequent guest speaker at various community seminars and workshops discussing topics such as funeral planning, Medicaid, and Veterans Pension Benefits.


Andrea Alexander

Andrea Alexander

Office Coordinator

Andrea is a 26 year resident of Northford, Connecticut.  Originally from Queens, New York she relocated with her husband Vic.  She has extensive background in Bookkeeping, Accounting and Administrative functions.  Andrea has served as a Special Education Parent Advocate for CPAC and is an active member of The Northford Women's Club GFWC CT for over 21 years serving as President, 1st VP, Programs Chairperson and currently their Newsletter Chairperson.  She has also served on the board of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut Inc. as Corresponding Secretary and Assistant District Director. Andrea and her husband Vic have been married for 24 years and have 2 children, Eric and Shaina.


Harry Cast

Harry Cast

Funeral Assistant



Tim Horan

Tim Horan

Funeral Assistant

Tim is a resident of Essex, Connecticut with his wife Marie, relocating from Madison, Connecticut where they resided for over thirty years.  He is a graduate of The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture where he earned his degree in Food Sciences.  He has been associated with the funeral home industry since 2003.  Tim has had a long and distinguished career in the hospitality and health care industries from which he recently retired.  We consider his attention to detail and client service an asset to our organization and to the families we serve.  He has been actively involved in state and local political life throughout the years serving in many capacities including three terms as Chairman of the Madison Board of Police Commissioners for twelve years.  He is a communicant of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex, member of the Knights of Columbus Council at Our Lady of Sorrows, a fourth degree member of Council 1757 at St. Johns in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and maintains membership in other various professional and service organizations.  Tim and Marie have been married for 49 years and have two children and two grandchildren.


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