“To be outstanding in all aspects of the services we provide.
To be a centre of excellence for learning and development.
To be innovators and leaders in our profession.
To create, develop and encourage our people to fulfill their potential.
To retain and enhance our reputation as the premier family funeral service in the region.”
The Hunnaball family
The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group is a family-owned business with 10 outlets in Essex and Suffolk.
Established in 1983 by Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball, the company is now the largest independent funeral company in east anglia, and the other directors are their children Saul, Chris and Polly.
Innovative yet traditional, their professionalism and style are unique to the profession. Their ‘ladies in Hats’, distinctive silver fleet and modern funeral homes enhance their reputation as the region’s premier funeral service.
As a family business they are dedicated to providing the very best of care for bereaved families, and to serving their local communities.
City honour for Trevor and Melanie
The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group
The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group is a medium-size family operated business operating out of 10 outlets in north Essex and south Suffolk carrying out approximately 1000 funerals per year.
The company was founded in 1983 by Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball with the purchase of Geo Paskell Funeral Services of Wix. Trevor was previously managing director of W H Shephard Funeral Service in High Street, Colchester. Melanie was Practice receptionist at a local surgery, and they were running a successful limousine and wedding car hire business, Hunnaball Car Hire, which has supplied the mayoral limousine for the borough of Colchester since 1979.
In 1985 the first Colchester office was opened at 63 Hythe Hill, relocating to York House in Mersea Road in 1987. A branch in Crouch Street, with Melanie’s Floristry alongside, was also opened in 1987, and operated as head office for several years. Colchester Funeral Service opened in Stanwell Street, and was run by Melanie as a town centre office.
At the same time, two floristry shops were also trading – Melanie’s in Stanwell Street, Colchester and Paskell’s Floristry in Manningtree. This side of the business was discontinued as the group’s core business of providing funeral services expanded.
The J K May Funeral Service at West Mersea was acquired in 1988, and Hunnaball of Ipswich opened in 1996.
In recent years, York House has been established as the group’s Head Office and Colchester branch. The acquisition of additional premises in Old Coach Road – The Gate House – provides the support centre for the group, comprising the largest private mortuary facility in Essex and Suffolk; the coffin workshop; garage; memorial department; training centre and Chapel of Rest.
Hunnaball Memorials is an established sector of the business, supplying and fitting headstones and undertaking specialist renovation projects.
Hunnaball of Sudbury and Janet C Davies of Braintree opened in 2004, followed by Janet C Davies of Kelvedon and Hunnaball of Witham in 2006. Hunnaball of Chelmsford opened in July 2012.
In addition, the company owns and operates Lexden Garden of Rest, a private columbarium situated adjacent to St Leonard’s Church, Lexden, Colchester.