This year’s Good Funeral Award finalists

Charles Cowling


 The GFA judges delivering the list of  last year’s winners


The Good Funeral Awards judges have sifted through hundreds of nominations for this year’s great event and have issued the following longlist. Every category is strong. Winners will be announced at the glittering, gala Good Funeral Awards dinner at Bournville, Birmingham, on 6 September 2014.

Who are the judges? We couldn’t possibly say. As with the Oscars and the Baftas, the identities of the judges are hidden in order to protect them from influence, on the one hand, and retribution, on the other. The process is as safe and fair and objective as possible.

Have you booked for either this event or for the Ideal Death Show, 5-7 September? Have a look at the Ideal Death Show website here and see what you’ll miss if you don’t book now. As ever, this is a great gathering of the most interesting people in the funerals biz. This year there will be lots of members of the public there, too.

Good Funeral Awards 2014 — the longlist

Funeral Director of the Year

Daniel and  Sarah Wolsey – Daniel Ross Funerals, West Midlands

Mark Catchpole – Harrison Funeral Home, Essex

Sarah Clarke – Arka Original Funerals, Sussex

Julian Hussey – AG Down, Dorset and Devon

Chris Parker – Abbey Funeral Services, Kent

Poppy Mardall – Poppy’s Funerals, London

David Parslow – Walter C Parson, Devon

Jill Huelin – Co-operative Funeralcare, West Yorkshire

Colin Fisher – Colin Fisher Funerals, Kent

Lucy Jane – Individual Funeral Company, Oxfordshire


Embalmer of the Year

Liz Davis – Freelance

Helen Bozon – Richard Ward Funeral Services, Leicestershire

Bob Dyer – Midlands Embalming Services

Cara Wisznieski – Fred Hamer Funeral Services, Lancashire


Most Promising New Funeral Director of the Year sponsored by the Church of England

Claire Turnham – Only With Love, Oxfordshire

Evelyn Temple – Evelyn’s Funerals, Berkshire

Louris Hilton – Hilton’s Funeral Directors, Shropshire

Lesley Wallace and Sarah Stuart – Wallace Stuart Funeral Directors, Somerset


Funeral Arranger of the Year

Angela Bailey – Harrison Funeral Home, Essex

Donna Adams – AR Adams, Essex

Emma Fisher – Colin Fisher Funerals, Kent

Rebecca Diamond – AW Lymn, Nottinghamshire


Celebrant of the Year

Belinda Forbes

Wendy Weavin

Katie Deverell

Dee Ryding

Jane Morgan

Terri Shanks

Steve Emmett

Rebecca Williams Dinsdale

Lynne Watson

Lyn Banham

Lesley Arnold Hopkins


Lifetime Achievement Award

David Meek – AW Lymn, Nottinghamshire

Eric de Chalon – Bungard, Sussex

Chris Parker – Abbey Funerals, Kent


Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death

Barbara Chalmers – Final Fling

Jon Underwood – Death Café

Chantal Lockey


Best Alternative Hearse

Volkswagen Funerals

Trike Funerals

Morris Minor Hearse Company

Land Rover 4 * 4 Funerals


Cemetery of the Year


Groby Garden of Remembrance

Kemnal Park

Welwyn Hatfield Lawn Cemetery

Clandon Wood


Florist of the Year

Cassandra Thompson – Stems

UK Flower Lounge – Didsbury, Yorks

Melanie Edwards – Flowers by Mel


Green Funeral Director of the Year sponsored by GreenAcres

Tracy O’Leary – Woodland Wishes

Respect – Margaret Rose

Tomalins, Henley


Crematorium Attendant

Peter Rodwell – Seven Hills

Paul James – Easthampstead Park


Gravedigger of the Year

Jonny Yaxley & Will Macdonald – Henley NBG

Ken McGarrigle & Steve Riddell – Dunstable Cemetery

Michael and Mark Symonds – Karen Hussey


Coffin Supplier of the Year

Sara Elliot – Terra Pura

Roger Fowle

Wealden Coffins

Honest Coffins


Best Bereavement Resource

Much Loved

Dead Social

What to do if someone dies


This year’s funeral Oscar, a statuette of Anubis, the Egyptian god of embalming

16 thoughts on “This year’s Good Funeral Award finalists

  1. Charles Cowling
    roger fowle

    I am really pleased on reaching the longlist, a big thanks to all my customers .and the great work done over the year by all involved at the Good Funeral Guide. See you in Birmingham. Roger

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Cassandra Thompson

    So excited to be long listed!! Good luck everyone! Looking forward to the awards evening.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling

    Utterly surprised and completely honoured to have been nominated. I’m looking forward to the awards and a night of celebrating the hard working industry professionals. Congratulations to all who made the list!

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling

    Surprised and delighted to be on the ‘list’ alongside the great and the good of funeral world. Good luck everyone!

    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    Claire Turnham

    It’s going to be a great night and gathering of so many wonderful people. I am dead proud to be on this list with many of my much respected colleagues. Looking forward to catching up with old “deathy” friends and making new ones. Hooray for Home Funerals and Oxfordshire!

    Charles Cowling
    1. Charles Cowling
      Paul D Francis

      No pun intended? ha ha 🙂

      Charles Cowling
  6. Charles Cowling

    So chuffed to be nominated. So much so, I am taking the night off to attend!

    Charles Cowling
  7. Charles Cowling
    Jon Underwood

    I’m really proud to be nominated! Wish I could attend.

    Charles Cowling
  8. Charles Cowling
    James Norris

    Really looking forward to attending the Good Funeral Awards and the Ideal Death Show this year.

    Charles Cowling
  9. Charles Cowling
    William Eccleston

    Congratulations to all of the nominees – we’re really looking forward to this years show!

    Charles Cowling
  10. Charles Cowling

    Some well known names in our profession are amongst this list, and its nice to see some new names here as well,
    I have my ticket and its going to be good event……
    well done to Charles and his team and good luck to all those that have been nominated.

    Charles Cowling
  11. Charles Cowling

    Wonderful long list. So wish I could be there in person to congratulate them.

    Charles Cowling
    1. Charles Cowling

      So lovely for good people to gain recognition

      Charles Cowling
    2. Charles Cowling

      Perhaps next year, Kateyanne?

      Charles Cowling
  12. Charles Cowling
    Girl on the Hill

    Congrats and good luck to all the nominees

    Charles Cowling
  13. Charles Cowling
    Gary Clugston

    Congratulations to All the nominees for the Good Funeral Awards.

    Charles Cowling

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