Christopher J. Neilan was born and raised in New London, and is a third generation of the Neilan family in the funeral business.
He is a 1976 graduate of New London High School. After high school Chris attended Providence College where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1981.
Chris joined his father, Hubert, and cousin Edward, in the family business in 1982 after graduating from New England Institute with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He became president of the firm in 2002. He lives in Waterford with his wife Mary, and children Christopher, Patrick and Timothy.
An active member of the community, Chris was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship, presented by the New London Rotary Club. He is currently President of the New London Rotary Foundation. He served as Grand Knight of the Seaside Council #17 Knights of Columbus in New London, and is a former Pack Committee Chairman for Waterford Cub Scout Pack 36.