24hr Tel: 0116 286 6858

2b The Cross, Cross Street, Enderby,

Leicestershire LE19 4NJ

MBIE 2018

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(Member of the British Institute of Embalmers, 1984)

DipFD 2018

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(Diploma in Funeral Directing, 1988)

LMBIFD 2018

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(Licensed Member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors, 1988-2018)

MICPEM 2018

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(Member of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, 2009)

richard ward

Richard Ward

I am proud to be a Funeral Director serving families throughout the county of Leicestershire. My career in Funeral Service began as a 17 year old in 1982. I embarked on a comprehensive training programme at a prestigious city centre Funeral Directors, becoming a fully qualified Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Prior to opening my own Funeral Service business, here in Enderby, I held several senior management positions within large corporate Funeral companies. This experience helped to build my ethos of the bereaved being best served by independent family owned Funeral Directors working within and for their communities.

In addition to my career in Funeral Service, I am also heavily involved in Disaster Management since 1988, assisting in the aftermath of many major natural and aviation disasters.

Born in Leicester and educated in Wigston. I have lived in South West Leicestershire for many years and currently live in Countesthorpe. I have two children, Megan and Jack and my Partner Sharon helps out in the business also.

My other interests are mainly sporting, I still enjoy playing Rugby for Vipers and the Light Blues Rugby Football Club, keeping fit, biking and in the gym.

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Diane and the late Rod Ward

Richard’s parents, Diane and Rod Ward worked for the Leicestershire Health Authority for the majority of their careers prior to retirement.

Following his retirement, Rod worked alongside his Son in the Funeral Home until his sudden death in May 2012. His wise counsel and easy manner earned him a great deal of respect from everyone who made his acquaintance. Rod is dreadfully missed.

Diane has studied for and holds a BA degree in Humanities. She spent a great deal of time volunteering at a local hospice and within cancer care charities where her skills at delivering complementary therapies to patients and their families are greatly appreciated.

She now helps out with the same charities assisting in various fundraising activities.

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Naomi Wheway

I joined Richard Ward Funeral Services as a Funeral Arranger and Trainee Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2017 but started my career in the industry in 2014.

Working for Richard Ward Funeral Services gave me the opportunity to be a consistent part of the journey with a family from start to finish, something I felt important in the nature of this business.

I’m grateful that my job allows me to be creative, but in my free time I enjoy trying new hobbies and finding moments to play my guitar.

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Claire Valentine

I started my funeral career in 2013 working as a Funeral Arranger and after taking a short career break to have my daughter, Jessica, I joined Richard Ward Funeral Services in 2018.

My role now is a Funeral Arranger and Trainee Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Being able to help our families through their most difficult time is something I am extremely passionate about.  It is important to me that our families know they can rely on us to complete their final wishes for their loved ones as best as we can.

When I’m not in the office I am a keen baker, making cakes for all occasions when time allows.

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James Highton

I joined Richard Ward in 2018, I’m training as a Funeral Director and Embalmer.

I have had a strong interest in Funeral Services for the past few years as my Dad has trained and conducted funerals as a Funeral Celebrant in the Derbyshire area.

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to progressing further into the industry.

When I’m not working I thoroughly enjoy performing on stage in twice yearly musicals at the Loughborough Town Hall.

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