Set up more than six decades ago, Eaves Funeral Service is the latest funeral business to join Funeral Partners and are delighted to be able to keep their own unique identity.
William Eaves – better known as Billy – and his business partner Derek Crosby launched the venture in November 1961 which has been serving the community in Whitehaven, Cumbria, ever since.
The firm has always been a family affair with the team now including Billy’s son Philip Eaves and son-in-law Michael Jolly who are staying on as Business Principals. Billy himself is now taking a well-deserved retirement at the age of 81.
Michael said: “The name Eaves has become synonymous in the area with funerals.
“People will still call for Billy Eaves, even though he hasn’t conducted a funeral since 2015.”
The family connections run even deeper at Eaves Funeral Service with Billy’s father, Billy Snr, helping out in the early years, his brother Richard working for 20 years as a Funeral Director and his wife Margaret running the administration for a long time. His daughter Julia – Michael’s wife – then took over from her mother as Office Manager.
“For us, working with Funeral Partners will help safeguard the future of the business,” Michael added.
Sam Kershaw, Funeral Partners CEO, said: “It has been a true family affair at Eaves with two generations working in the business over the years establishing its impeccable reputation for value and high standards, deep rooted at the heart of the Whitehaven community.
“We welcome the team to our family of funeral homes and will work together to respect their good name and grow the business to ensure their family legacy lives on.”