Harold Wood Funeral Services Limited
Harold Wood Funeral Services has spent seven decades helping families to organise funerals. We have made it easy for people to be listened to and receive advice about the arrangements when asked.
You can telephone at any time of the day or night, or visited us in person during working hours at one of our four branches (including on a Saturday morning).
Only a few generations ago, the practicalities of funerals were often carried out by an older person in your neighbourhood who had learned the skills of ‘laying out’; a carpenter would be asked to make a coffin and another tradesman lend use of a horse and wagon to go to the local cemetery.
Thomas Coyte grew up in Hackney in the early years of the last century, and was familiar with these events. His mother, Florence Coyte, (born Mossman), used to assist families with practicalities when babies were born, and when someone died.
After his years in the army, Thomas began using all the trade skills he had learnt. A trusted and organised man, with skills essential to funeral undertaking at that time, he began accepting requests to carry out funerals; but soon realised that a separate company was required for this work.
So in 1958 Thomas and his wife Muriel established a funeral parlour in Morning Lane, Hackney. But Hackney families were fast relocating – there were whole sections of the community moving to gain better housing further toward the countryside, often to Havering, Redbridge, Chigwell and Debden.
The old Morning Lane Undertakers moved with the families it served – firstly to new premises in Station Road, Harold Wood. Thomas and his brother Frederick purchased a private house in 1967 which they converted. In the following year it opened to local appreciation and renamed for the area.
The future of Harold Wood Funeral Services is cemented as an independent, family-run company, offering personal attention that only a smaller, independent company can.
And in 2010 we proudly open a new premises in New North Road, Hainault, and look forward to extending our respectful work to a community where we have deep roots, and much affection.
Today, Mrs Bernardine Fong is our Director’s Assistant, working together with Mr Steve Bickley, (Operations Manager) and Mrs Julie King (Arrangers Manager) all giving their personal attention to families with our kind and efficient teams of drivers and arrangers.
Harold Wood Funeral Services has always been a company comprising family and friends, where trust is paramount.
Whilst modern times demand modern ways, our service and commitment to you remain as traditional as when we began in the 1950s.
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