William Purves History
In 2018, Gary sought out another family business with ethics and experience to take on the legacy of his own. William Purves, with its five generations and reputation for premier funeral services was a natural fit. Today our values of compassion, dedication, integrity and respect are at the heart of Gary Staker as the team continue providing first class support to bereaved families in the North Tyneside area.
Family run for five generationsWhen you place your trust in William Purves you can expect the highest standards of professionalism, compassionate care and a truly distinct service.
In 1888, William Purves, a craftsman and cabinet-maker from the Borders, gave his name to the company. He started his career as a joiner and by the end of the 19th Century he and his 10 joiners undertook cabinet making, french polishing, upholstering and … undertaking.
By the early 1900’s his son Willie became the second generation to carry on the family business opening a funeral office in Marchmont Road.
John (or Jack as he was known) was a time-served joiner who worked alongside his father Willie until he died in 1962. John retired the joinery side of the company and opened a funeral office with rest rooms, a service chapel and bought the first hearse (an Austin 3 litre) and Daimler funeral cars.
John and Graeme
Jack had 5 children and fostered many more. His son John, became the fourth generation of Purves to join the company, taking over when his father passed away in 1975. John worked with his brother-in-law Graeme Brown to open more William Purves offices throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
TodayThe Company has 14 funeral director brands under its banner as well as our own team of stonemasons throughout Scotland and N.E. England. The company currently employs around 100 people.
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