The story of our family starts a little earlier than 1910. Like so many Irish people and families at that time, it’s a tale of migration, what they would now call ,’economic migration’. So, its nothing new for people to need to move from country to country. Back in 1906 California had a huge earthquake and San Francisco was devastated. Skilled men and women were needed to help with the rebuild and one such man heard the call. His name was Peter Dooley. But, Peter was at home in West Meath in Southern Ireland at the time. Notwithstanding he set off with his brother and they as skilled joiners and carpenters went to America. I think we would all like to know a little of that journey, but with the mist of time the threads have been lost. Peter stayed there for five years and then decided to come back, his brother stayed on and changed his name to Tuttle for some reason. Upon returning to the British Isles he settled in the town of St. Helens, Lancashire, as it was then.
That’s were the story of the funeral service starts. Most of the old time funeral directors or undertakers were carpenters for obvious reasons and it seems he was working as a carpenter and was asked to make some coffins and it dawned on him that he could do that job as well.Our company now bears his son’s name Frank, and he too followed in his father’s footsteps and became a well respected tradesman in the town and even today there are pieces of his workmanship dotted about the area at various churches etc.Although completely separate businesses the funeral service and the joinery company both grew steadily, but Frank was never one to take his hands off the , ‘purse strings’. So growth was slow and solid. Frank had two sons Peter and Kevin of whom he was very proud, Peter became a mining engineer and the boss at a number of coal mines, Kevin followed his dad and became a joiner and trained in the funeral service as well. The joinery firm closed many years ago. Frank's grandchildren now run the funeral company assisted by some of his great grandchildren! A couple more sites have been purchased and we now offer our family service to a wider area. We are proud of our achievements and we are proud of our colleagues at work. We treat everyone like family and if you do that as you go through life you can’t go far wrong
Originally used in the 17th Century, the word ‘cortège’ is of French origin.
We’ve noticed that the traditional funeral cortège (also referred to as the funeral procession) is still popular. This element of the funeral is becoming more personalised, as families like to choose the route the funeral cortège takes.
While our fleet of traditional state-of-the-art funeral hearses are still used on most occasions, some families now like to choose arrange funeral processions which reflect the individual life of the deceased by including other vehicles. These can range from tractors to fire engines, motorbikes and even pink Cadillacs.
Again, it’s your choice
Phone: 01744 23339 / Fax: 01744 23570 249
Phone: 01744 811811 / Fax: 01744 23570
Nutgrove Lodge Funeral Home
46 -48 Nutgrove Road, St.Helens
Phone: 01744 602932 / Fax: 01744 23570
Haydock Village Funeral Home
Station Road, Haydock, St.Helens
Phone: 0151 4951515 / Fax: 01744 23570
Chestnut Lodge Funeral Home
220 Liverpool Road, Widnes