Local funeral firm
celebrates 190th Birthday
A family run funeral directors in
Liverpool is celebrating its 190th Anniversary, making it 1 of the oldest
independent firms in the community.
Dean Brothers started in 1827 when Ellis Dean, a wheelwright by trade, began
hand making coffins and supporting with funeral arrangements at the local
Church, in the Village of Formby.
His son William moved the premises to its current location at Gores Lane and
the firm traded as a builders and funeral directors in what was then a small
village. William's sons, Ellis and William, formed Dean Brothers with the
firm officially registered in 1946.
Now in its 7th generation, the team of 7 is run by Peter Dean, his wife
Joyce, daughters Sharon and Samantha, and Iain Dean as the only independent,
family owned funeral directors, in Formby, Merseyside.
The firm has undergone several extensions and refurbishments over the years
to improve the facilities on offer to the public, but still maintains its
traditional funeral services with a caring and dedicated approach.
Iain Dean, Managing Director of Dean
Brothers, said:- "Dean Brothers has a long and proud history in Formby
and we are very excited to be celebrating our 190th year in such a wonderful
and friendly local community. We believe families should be proud of the
funeral they organise for their loved ones which is why we ensure we support
them in any way we can during the difficult time of bereavement."
As well as providing a range of funeral options, Dean Brother supports local
charities with fundraising and provides a free digital service for members
of the public to search local churchyards and cemeteries for family graves.
This commitment was recognised in 2005 when the firm was awarded a
'Wow' award which highlights organisations going the extra mile for
their community. The firm is also a longstanding member of the National
Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), which represents
over 870 independent, often family run, funeral directors across the
Terry Tennens, Chief Executive of SAIF,
added:- "Iain and his team at Dean Brothers embody everything being a
SAIF member is about; an independent firm that offers a professional, high
quality funeral service with a personal touch. It is fantastic to see them
celebrating 190 years of supporting the local community and still
maintaining the caring support they offer to families during a difficult