Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SOUTHINGTON – Father Thomas J. Baylis, 84, of Southington, died on Dec. 15, 2016, at Bristol Hospital.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 25, 1932, a son of the late Charles J. and Marie R. (Bissonette) Baylis. He was raised in West Haven, where he attended St. Lawrence School before entering the seminary. He was odained to the priesthood as a La Sallette Missionary on April 25, 1959, by the Bishop Eric F. MacKenzie.

Father Baylis was incardinated into the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Hartford on Feb. 6, 1989. He served as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury and October 1991, he was appointed coadministrator of St. Ann Parish in the Devon section of Milford. He was appointed pastor of St. Ann in December 1993 and ministered there until 2002.

In February 2002, Father Baylis was appointed to Our Lady of Fatima in the Yalesville section of Wallingford, where he served until he obtained senior priest status in April of 2007.

He is survived by his sister, Sue (Mrs. Eugene) Sayers of Middletown; his brother, Robert Baylis of Northford; and his nieces and nephews, Catherine Sayers Shwaery, Stephen Sayers, Christopher Sayers, Joseph Sayers, Suzanne Sayers, Peter Baylis, Nancy Baylis, Daniel Baylis and Michael Baylis Jr.

He was predeceased by a sister and a brother, Judith and Michael Baylis.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 20 at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire.

Interment will be private in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Archdiocese of Hartford, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.