Durrant funeral Services was established by Neil and Tracy Durrant in 2019, following Neil’s decision after a long career in funeral service with a large regional co-operative society, to setup his own funeral service, aided by his wife Tracy, where personal service is more important, caring for family’s at a time of loss like they were part of our own family.
We want to provide a service where you see the same people all the way through the funeral arrangements, from the initial call, right till we leave you at the end of the funeral. We want the relationship not to end there, but indeed that we can always provide support and guidance following the funeral, where you are always welcome to call in and see us, chat over a tea or coffee, and put the world to rights.
Neil began his career working for a small family funeral director, where he got encouraged to gain his qualifications in funeral directing and embalming and qualified in both at the age of 20. Following the take over of the business by a Co-operative society, Neil progressed to be a funeral director, senior funeral director and then in 2001, group manager overseeing 12 funeral homes, carrying out 1600 funerals per year. In 2003 during a restructure of the business, Neil took on the role of funeral director again, covering several funeral homes in the Staffordshire/Derbyshire area.
In 2015, Neil met Tracy, who had just joined the company after a career as a teaching assistant at John Bamford Primary School in Rugeley. In March 2016, we married, and Tracy continued to work in a Uttoxeter funeral home, where she was highly respected by all families she dealt with.
Between us we have over 40 years’ experience in funerals and can advise and arrange any funeral, be it religious, non-religious or personalised to reflect the person’s life.
I started my career in 1981 for a small family funeral directors in Worcestershire as a funeral assistant, where I was encouraged to study for his embalming and funeral directing qualifications, in November 1985 the business was taken over by a large regional Co-op, as a funeral director and group manager around the midlands, I worked for them until February 2019, when I decided to open my own funeral home to provide a personal caring service to the local community at a fair price.
In 2015, I decided on a career change which brought me into the funeral profession working for a large regional Co-operative society. I was able to use my transferable skills from being a teaching assistant caring and nurturing primary age children into the funeral profession by caring for the loved ones of the grieving families, offering advice and support to them when arranging funerals