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W.E. Pinder & Son Ltd
Address: 19, Thorne Road, Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6QL
John Pinder. How did he get to be a funeral director? By following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, grandfather and father. This is a good old family business firmly rooted in its community. For John it was the example of his father which was the major influence in drawing him into the business: "a combination of the respect in which my father was held within our community, coupled with the obvious satisfaction he got from looking after the bereaved." An easy option for John? No. These were big shoes to step in to: "For the first few years customers would look disappointed when I arrived, not my dad."
There's no mistaking John's strong sense of vocation. Indeed, he's one of the most earnestly dedicated funeral directors we have encountered. He’s friendly, easy, mild-mannered and reassuringly normal. He is also, we discovered by asking around, incredibly conscientious, famed for his attention to detail.
Married to Claire. Three children. Out of work interests include include getaways to the family caravan in the Lake District, walking Pip, the dog, trips to the cinema and to the driving range at the golf course "despite none of us being any good". John also plays bass in a 60s-style, Beach Boys-y band, The Perfect Somewhere. It’s a great name (we all hope we’ll go there someday), and it’s a great sound. Catch it here.
Two other funeral directors here:Chris Hurton and Robert Fiske.
Formal and extremely smart but understated. That phrase says a lot about Pinder's. Will dress up for your funeral, or tone it down to suits and ties. Fleet of sparkling Mercedes, and if you want an alternative to a conventional hearse they will source it for you.
Getting it right for people is the overriding concern here, and there is nothing that John will allow to get in the way of that. "If someone needs to visit at 2.00am, they can with no extra charge, so long as they let us know," he says. How many other funeral directors say the same? Does not require payment of disbursements upfront - a thoughtful and, nowadays, highly unusual touch.
We spent time in John’s mortuary and saw for ourselves the care and respect he shows to everyone he takes into his care. You may be absolutely certain that all who have died are looked after here with the utmost professionalism and sincerity of purpose.
What's different here is the degree of personal service - which all clients receive. It's not intrusive, you just know that they're there for you and nothing's too much trouble. Absolutely no bossiness. These are very comfortable people to be around. Commitment here extends to attending the funeral service unless you say no. "We routinely help with singing. Chris and I have good voices." Nice touch.
In keeping with the builder-and-undertaker history of the firm, Pinder’s still occupies a domestic property. To John’s parents this was home as, until recently, it was for John and his family. From the front it looks very small, but it goes back and back. It’s all very nicely appointed and comfy. John says, "We try to keep it all as homely as possible." The arranging room is John's mother's old 'best' sitting room and in it you’ll find a collection of John’s father’s model vintage cars.
Your call will be answered by either Debbie or Jenny during working hours and John, Robert or Chris in the evening or night. They are there for you 24 hours a day.
Home Visits – They are very happy to visit you at home to make arrangements. Indeed, they do so for most of their clients.
Direct cremation £2000 all-in.
Embalming – Do not routinely embalm. Will advise you if they think it is necessary.
Continuity of Care – Either John or Chris, depending on who you speak to first, will be there for you all the way through and lead the funeral on the day.
Family Participation - If you’d like to come in and wash and dress the person who has died, or simply do their hair, they’ll be there for you, to help you or leave you to it.’
Same Sex person to wash and dress – If you wish, yes. Just ask.
Ethnic Specialism - Experienced in a wide range of funeral customs and religious requirements.
Local Celebrants – Outstanding local celebrants if you do not want a full religious service.
Home arranged funerals - Will gladly help you look after the person who has died at home in any capacity you choose - and has done so.
Web Site – Helpful, well-designed website with useful information. No prices – but you will be given a price list to take away. Nice photo on the home page showing all the staff. That’s John at the front with the beard.
Client Support – Will put you in touch with a grief counsellor if you wish.
Prices – Very competitive prices and a high-calibre service make Pinder’s excellent value for money. If your budget is tight, John will help you make the most of it. If money is a problem, be open about it and he will help you find a way. John's commitment is to all the people of this community.
Parking – Offstreet parking outside the premises.
Pinder's have that gift of making you feel that yours is the only funeral in the world. John has the backing of a really good team. Highly professional, very, very nice, honest, down-to-earth people, responsive to the needs and wishes of their local community. John is not ‘one of them’, he is ‘one of us’.
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