60 years' celebration for Trevor
A big celebration marked Trevor Hunnaball’s 60 years service to the funeral industry, bringing together family, friends, colleagues and industry leaders.
Mandie Lavin, NAFD CEO, kicked off the evening, and NAFD president Alison Crake presented Trevor with a special award.
Guests included Sir Bob Russell MP, High Steward of Colchester. Peter Wilson, chairman of the Colchester Cancer Centre Campaign, talked about the charity, the Hunnaball Group’s chosen cause for 2017
Trevor, chairman of Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, told guests, he was “truly blessed” that so many special people were able to join him to celebrate.
“It is a tremendous honour to be a funeral director,” he added. “People allow us to be responsible for their loved ones, they place their trust in us and I am privileged that I have been able to serve the local community for six decades.”
Trevor has worked in the funeral industry since leaving school in 1957. He joined W H Shephard Funeral Service in Colchester as a trainee and rose to become managing director. His ambition was always to have his own business and he bought Geo Paskell Funeral Service of Wix in 1984.
Since Hunnaball Funeral Service opened in Colchester and, thanks to Trevor’s hard work, inspiration, innovation and guidance, it has now proliferated across Essex and Suffolk, with 10 branches now forming the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group.
The group also owns and operates Lexden Garden of Rest and Columbarium in Colchester, and has a well-established stonemasonry business, Hunnaball Memorials.
The company opened a new branch in Spring Road, Ipswich, in late 2016, complementing the original Ipswich branch. The Hunnaball team of lady funeral directors has become recognisable locally as the ‘ladies in hats'.
Family theme is very important to him. Besides working alongside his wife Melanie, his son Saul, daughter Polly and stepson Chris Partner, his daughters-in-law Jennie and Zena and son-in-law Joe are now part of the team.
“As a family business we are dedicated to providing the very best of care for bereaved families,” he said.
Over the years, Trevor has been made an honorary member of the Essex & Suffolk association for his long service, having been chairman on several occasions, as well as East Anglia area president.
He was national president of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) in 1994, and is a trustee of the association. He represents the profession on the Churches’ Funerals Group.
“Some people might say I’ve achieved enough,” he said. “But I’m still full of ideas and ambitions, so watch this space, I’m not ready to retire just yet.”
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