For such an important role, there were surprisingly few nominations in this category this year, resulting in just three finalists. The judges hope that next year far more celebrants and funeral directors will nominate these unsung heroes who oversee thousands of funerals each year, ensuring that everything goes to plan.
Picking a winner from the three finalists wasn’t easy, but it was eventually decided on by the testimony of the crematorium manager, who wholeheartedly endorsed this person for their quiet, gentle nature, their kindness and generosity, their complete reliability and their care for their work.
Winner – Richard Hooker at Mortlake Crematorium
Category sponsor: The Association of Independent Celebrants
The 2017 Good Funeral Awards were generously sponsored by Greenfield Creations
Award photograph by Jayne Lloyd