We are all dedicated to providing a personal and individual service.

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. She is passionate about supporting people during the process of arranging a funeral and on the day. Married in 1987, Liz and Luke have 4 children and find great pleasure in sharing their journeys. She also enjoys the arts, 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.

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.

Sam Hayne

Sam lives locally with his partner Emma and their three dogs. He spent 7 years serving in the Army, and following that worked in concrete production. Sam was drawn to the funeral profession as he wanted to pursue a career with meaning and fulfilment, which he feels he has found at Farthings. In his spare time, Sam likes to go to the beach with his dogs and enjoys water sports.

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