SAIF sadly reports the deaths of members and key figures from within the funeral profession in 2023/24. We pass on our condolences to family and friends of those listed here.

  • June 2024: it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry Allcock of Allcock Family Funeral Services in Norwich. There will be a Requiem Mass on Friday June 28th at St George’s RC Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ @ 10.30 am followed by a private burial. There will be refreshments, memories and celebration from 1.00 pm at the Gunn Club Carrow Road. If you wish to attend, please contact the company.
  • You may wish to add Allcock’s info email for those who wish to advise they are attending.
  • 2nd June 2024: it is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Pat Gallagher of P&S Gallagher in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Pat was a long time supporter of SAIF serving as President 2009-10 and IFD College Chairman. Pat became a Fellow of SAIF in 2022. His funeral will be held on 29th June; details are available here and anyone wishing to attend is requested to indicate their attendance.
  • 16th April 2024: it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Breta Jordan on Tuesday 16th April. Breta was 91 years old and was an enthusiastic supporter of SAIF right from the early days, through the time that both she and her husband Davie served on the executive; right up until they sold their business around ten years ago. At Breta’s request, the funeral will be a private family interment in Cupar.
  • April 2024: SAIF has been notified of the passing of Brian Thomas of Brian Thomas Funeral Service, Bridgend. Mr Thomas was a strong supporter of SAIF in Wales, attending many meetings until his health failed in recent years. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 10th April at Pisgah Church at 1pm.
  • April 2024: It is with much sadness that we share the news of the death of SAIF member and former SAIF Scotland Executive member, Alasdair Rhind of Alasdair Rhind Funeral Directors in Tain, Ross-shire. Read an article about Alasdair, who was a highland councillor as well as a funeral director.
  • 1st April 2024: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mr Peter Henry of WG Miller Ltd of Islington, London. WG Miller were one of the first few companies to join the newly formed National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors in the late 1980s. Peter was SAIF’s first Honorary Treasurer. The funeral will take place on Saturday 27th April at St Marylebone Crematorium, East Finchley at 11.00. Family flowers only and a decision about donations is to be made.
  • Millers were founding members of SAIF and – he was quite a character.
  • January 2024: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mrs Rita Marson, joint owner of WJ Hoyland in Intake, Sheffield.
  • November 2023: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mr Jonathon Bewley, owner of AJB Funerals in Corsham, Wiltshire. Mr Bewley was a long standing SAIF member.
  • October 2023: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Peter Griffith, the proprietor of John W Griffith & Son, of Wallasey, near Liverpool. His funeral service will take place at St Nicholas’ Church, Wallasey, on Tuesday 31st October 2023 at 12:00 midday.
  • Monday 9th October 2023: Mrs Sandy Gallagher died this morning peacefully in her sleep. Sandy was aged 76 years, much loved wife of Past President and Fellow, Pat Gallagher, and mother of the late Matthew Gallagher. We send our deepest condolences to Pat and his team at his funeral homes in Sussex. Sandy’s funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield on Saturday 28th October at 11,30am, followed by a private cremation.  At the family’s request, please wear bright colours with a touch of gold.  To assist with arrangements, an indication of attendance would be appreciated; please call 01444 451166 or email to No flowers, donations in Sandy’s memory, may be made online via (click on Memory Giving) or by cheque payable to Finley’s Touch and sent c/o P & S Gallagher, Fraser House, 20 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EA. Tel: 01444 451166
  • 12th September 2023: Peter Martin, previous owner of The Martins Funeral Directors in West Sussex. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday 4th October 2023 at 12 noon, at Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7HJ. All family and friends are respectfully invited, however the cremation will be private for family only.
  • 21st June: Andrew (Andy) Anderson, founder of Andrew Anderson and Sons, aged 88 years. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday 5th July, at 11am, in Callander Kirk, then Callander Cemetery. All family and friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only please. Donations to CHAS and Stroke Association are welcomed. For those who are unable to attend the funeral, please use the link below to view the service –
  • 19th May: Geoffrey Grandfield died peacefully at home aged 90 years.  Much respected retired Funeral Director and proprietor of Grandfield & Son near Bridgwater, Dorset.  A dearly loved husband, Dad and Grandad.
  • 17th May: Julie Lewarne of P.G. Oxley Ltd, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Family and friends will be holding a Celebration Service at All Saints Parish Church, Walton-on-the-Naze on 13th June at 1.00 pm.
  • 16th March: Kevin Sinclair of GT Embalming. The funeral is being held on the 15th April 2023 at 11.00 am at Worthing Crematorium.
  • March 2023: Roger Bowers of W Bowers Funeral Directors, Hampsthwaite, North Yorkshire
  • Monday 6th March 2023: Ken Fewster of CF Fewster & Son Ltd funeral directors in Patrington, Hull who passed on Monday 6th March 2023.
  • Sunday 19th February 2023: John Gayton of WS Gayton & Sons in Barnstaple, Devon.
  • Monday 20th February 2023: Alasdair Blair of TA Blair funeral directors in Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute.
  • Thursday 12th January 2023 William (Bill) Edward Fry of Clarke and Strong.

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