Michael & Clare Gamble
Michael is the principal funeral director for the company. After more than 20 years as a landscape gardener, Michael re-trained and started the business in 2008. Having lived in the Stroud area all his life, he is proud to be part of the local community. A member of the Stroud Chamber of Commerce committee, Mike is fully immersed in Stroud life and is very knowledgeable of the area. His interests outside of the business include mountain biking, karting and walking.
Clare is the office manager and helps with the day-to-day running of the business. She is the point of contact in Reception when people visit us. She is responsible for designing the orders of service sheets and is always keen to make sure they are just right for the family. Clare enjoys doing charity walks – she completed the Moonwalk Iceland in 2018, walking 26 miles in a fast time of 7 and a half hours and raised over £1200 for Breast Cancer. Her other interests are photography, wildlife and looking after her hens.
Paul joined us in the Spring of 2015. He has 15 years experience in the funeral industry and after passing the qualifications in funeral arranging with flying colours is now a full time funeral director. His calm and professional outlook is always a comfort to the families he serves and has won him many a box of chocolates and lovely letters of thanks. Paul’s interests include motorsport, hill climbing in his classic Porsche and walking his dogs.
Alison arrived with glowing references from her previous employment in August 2018. She has 6 years experience in the funeral industry and is a full time funeral director with us. Her bubbly personality makes her a joy to work with in the office and her very professional and calming attitude is a comfort to the families she serves. She has received many cards and letters of thanks and the odd box of chocolates too! Alison has lived in the Stroud area all her life, attended Stroud High School and the local College. Alison’s interests outside of the office include travel, keeping fit, long walks with her dogs and exploring the UK canal network by narrowboat.
Robert joined us at the beginning of December 2018 and is Alison’s husband. He comes with 12 years experience in the funeral industry. Robert is one of our bearers and also ensures our vehicles are highly presentable, as and when we need them. He takes care of the day-to-day running of the mortuary, chapel of rest, and all the jobs involved in the behind-the-scenes work which is paramount to running a successful funeral business. Robert’s interests include motorcycling, fishing, long walks with Alison and their two dogs and exploring the UK canal network by narrowboat.
Lesley has been with us since June 2016 and is principal Receptionist. She works part-time, sharing the reception area with Clare. Her duties include dealing with the donations which takes up most of her time and is a very important job. Her pleasant and friendly outlook is very welcoming to our clients and families who call in to our funeral home. She is very knowledgeable of the funeral industry which is a great asset for us. Lesley’s interests include looking after her family and home and sits on a couple of committees in her home town of Tetbury.
We have a lovely bunch of pall bearers who are always very well turned out, have the utmost respect and are dignified and discreet at all times.