Funeral director awarded for decade of dedication to bereaved in Hartlepool

Damon Steadman receives his long service award from Gerald Martin
Damon Steadman receives his long service award from Gerald Martin

A FUNERAL director has been awarded for dedicating a decade to the bereaved.

Damon Steadman was just two weeks off his 18th birthday when he became driver/bearer for Mason and Gerald Martin Funeral Home, in Hartlepool’s Park Road.

After 18 months he began two years training as a funeral director and has recently been given a 10 years long service award.

Damon, who is originally from Cumbria but moved to Hartlepool for his job, said: “When I was 16, it was suggested that it might be the right sort of job for me, so I got in touch with Mr Martin and arranged some work experience.”

His work experience included washing cars, cutting nameplates for coffins, lining coffins and bearing at funerals and before long, a position came up with the firm.

Damon, 28, who hopes to qualify as an embalmer, added: “I enjoy working with the bereaved clients, helping with funeral arrangements and knowing that we have done a funeral as they wanted for their loved one. I’m grateful to Mr Martin for giving me the opportunity, and his professional support ever since.”

Mr Martin said: “Damon is most meticulous in the profession of the funeral service, and this is shown by families asking him to do other relatives’ funerals and by receiving thank you cards and letters and being there for families when a bereavement happens.”