OUR TEAM

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Luke Farthing


Raised and educated in Ipswich, Luke felt drawn to his vocation from an early age and joined the family business soon after graduation from Downing College, Cambridge. His passion for the care of the bereaved has led to an active involvement in both Cruse Bereavement Care and the National Association of Funeral Directors, for which he was an examiner for over 20 years.  Luke finds relaxation in the Suffolk countryside, especially sailing on the River Deben or walking with his family.


Liz Farthing


Liz has supported Luke in the family business for over 30 years. She was born and educated in Ipswich before training as an Occupational Therapist in York. Married in 1987, Liz and Luke have 4 children. Liz finds great pleasure in sharing their journeys, reading (especially autobiographies), gardening and the natural world.


Andrea Race


Andrea lives in Debenham and has been with the firm since 1989. Over the years Andrea has established herself as a caring and dedicated Funeral Director. Andrea won the Scales Memorial Prize when taking her Diploma examination, demonstrating her commitment to her career. Andrea’s interests include dancing, especially Ceroc, and foreign travel.


Chris Griggs


Chris was brought up and educated locally, and now lives in Ipswich with his wife Libby and their three children. Since joining us in 2005, Chris has become a very capable member of our team, more recently  taking responsibility for our Felixstowe office. In his leisure time he enjoys riding his motorbike around the picturesque Suffolk countryside.


Sharron McDonald


Sharron has been with the company since moving to the area some years ago and enjoys the variety of her role and being able to be involved in helping families with all the different aspects of the funeral arrangements.  In her spare time Sharron enjoys walking, travelling and exploring new places.


Mick Peirson


Mick lives in Kesgrave and joined the firm after a career in the joinery trade. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge and ability and has an eye for detail. Mick’s interests include music; he plays bass guitar and also enjoys freshwater fishing.


Paul Pyther


Paul lives locally with his wife and daughter and their family dog.  After a thirty year career in the Hairdressing industry, Paul sought a change of direction. He was inspired to join the funeral business following two family bereavements. Paul finds it important to have a role which is meaningful, worthwhile and caring. He enjoys the countryside, walks with the dog and spending time with his family.



quotes_start Thank you all for your excellent service – we appreciated knowing that everything would be done with dignity and care. quotes_end