This year’s Good Funeral Award finalists

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 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

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Gary Clugston
8 years ago

Congratulations to All the nominees for the Good Funeral Awards.

Girl on the Hill
Girl on the Hill
7 years ago

Congrats and good luck to all the nominees

7 years ago

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

7 years ago
Reply to  Kateyanne

So lovely for good people to gain recognition

7 years ago
Reply to  Kateyanne

Perhaps next year, Kateyanne?

7 years ago

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.

William Eccleston
7 years ago

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

James Norris
7 years ago

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

Jon Underwood
7 years ago

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

7 years ago

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

Claire Turnham
7 years ago

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!

Paul D Francis
Paul D Francis
7 years ago
Reply to  Claire Turnham

No pun intended? ha ha 🙂

7 years ago

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

7 years ago

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!

Cassandra Thompson
7 years ago

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

roger fowle
7 years ago

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