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Funeral boss calls for better service at Canley Crematorium

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THE boss of a Coventry funeral directors is campaigning for a better deal for bereaved families.

Andrew Pargetter, co-director of A Pargetter and Son in the city centre, has just been made president of the National Association of Funeral Directors – the largest funeral directors’ body in the country.

Mr Pargetter hopes to use his year-long term of office to tackle some of the industry’s issues on a local and national level, including the lengthy waits grieving families face to bury or cremate their dead in Coventry.

He spoke about the council’s long-running upgrade of Canley Crematorium, which has so far taken four years.

Mr Pargetter says families are having to wait up to two weeks for cremation of their loved ones when it should be completed within one week of death.

But he says it is not the only factor contributing to families’ anxieties as registrars are too slow to register deaths and hospitals are often slow to release bodies.

“We feel let down by numerous agencies.

“The citizens of Coventry deserve a better service. I speak to funeral directors across the country and they can’t believe what’s happening in Coventry.”

Mr Pargetter, whose brother Robert has also held the association’s president post, will also lobby Parliament for the association’s national campaign of making more money available for funerals.

The association says the poorest people run out of money to cover funeral costs and it is having an detrimental effect on funeral directors who do not ask for families to pay the full funeral fee up front.

Mr Pargetter joined the business, the oldest family run funeral firm in Coventry, in 1979 and his son James joined the firm two years ago as the sixth generation.

He said: “I feel honoured to be the association’s president and my aim is to help members be proud of what they do.”

Pargetter’s was established in 1874 by Mary Ann Pargetter, who was widowed at an early age.

During its history the funeral directors was reputed to have had the best turned out horses in Warwickshire, and also being at the heart of the motor industry.

Mr Pargetter’s grandfather organised the manufacture of the first motorised hearse in England.

In 1965, Pargetter’s provided Rolls Royces for Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral. In 1982, the family demolished their old premises in Bishop Street and built a new purpose-built funeral home around the corner in Lamb Street where the family business is run from today.




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