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Our Family & Company
Our original funeral furnishing business was founded in the mid 1880’s by Simeon Higginson Breeze, in Finger Road, Dawley. During the 1920’s the running of the business was taken over by his son, John Vaughan Breeze, who moved location to our current site in Dawley Bank, whilst still operating as a village blacksmith and carpenter. He was assisted by his daughter, Kathleen, who in 1941 married Walter Williams, who had two children; Christopher and David.
In 1961, Christopher Williams, entered the family business after serving his apprenticeship with local funeral director W. L. Jones of Wellington and Dawley. Christopher was a visionary and from the outset, as the youngest Funeral Director in the country, set about a lifelong ambition of offering the finest funeral service possible to the people of Telford and surrounding areas.
In the 1960’s Christopher opened Telford’s first dedicated chapel of rest, at Dawley Bank.
The 1970’s saw the expansion of our Company with the purchase and amalgamation of John Sheward and Sons, Carriagemasters (Little Dawley), Broome and Poole Funeral Directors (Madeley), W E Wilkes Funeral Service (Dawley and Beckbury) and W J Williams Funeral Service (Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale).
Throughout the 1980’s, our facilities continued to be developed to complement the requirements of the new town of Telford.
In 1992, John Williams Funeral Service of Shifnal was purchased. John Williams retains its character as an independent business and shares our unrivalled services.
During 1997, the Directors embarked on what was meant to be a simple building project to improve facilities, and further our ethos of creating and running the finest available funeral business in the country.
Our development project remains ongoing, with the following developments taking place:
2005 – Major office refurbishment
2007 – New chapels of rest and service chapel at Dawley Bank were dedicated and opened
2008 – An 8000 sq. ft. limousine garaging and valeting facility at Hortonwood, Telford
2009 – A Memorial Showroom at Dawley Bank
2010 – The Shropshire School of Funeral Service opened its doors to students from home and abroad
2011 – We were invited to join ‘Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ (one of only 26 in the United Kingdom) and we remain members of this prestigious organisation
2013 – A memorial masonry and pre-paid plans office at Lawley
2014 – A new funeral home in Madeley (Court Street)
2017 – The creation of a new office, family arranging rooms and coffin showroom at Dawley Bank
Sadly, in December 2013, Christopher passed away, leaving his wife, Carol, together with Simon and Louise – the fifth generation – to run the business. Simon and Louise Williams, are actively involved in the family business on a daily basis and are extremely proud of the achievements made by previous generations.
We continue to build upon the vision and ethos set out all those years ago by Christopher. Our directors and team share that same vision – to provide every bereaved family we serve with the finest levels of service and facilities available.
The Story Continues. . .
"Thank you for organising and performing a perfect funeral for Dad, it was much appreciated."
"It is perfect.......Thank you!!"
"We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful funeral service you provided"
"The sympathetic and professional manner of you and the team has made everything so much easier."
"Just wanted to say thank you to everyone at John Williams for your advice and support and moreover contributing to what was a magnificent day"
"I couldn't have been happier with the service and organisation so I'd like to thank you! You've been brilliant!"
"We are grateful to you and your colleagues for the way you are dealing with the "