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Hanging up his top hat after 38 years

“It all began with a phone call from my Vicar on Christmas Eve 1979,” says long-serving Funeral Director Paul Murray, who is stepping away from the industry after 38 years.

That phone call was a local funeral director looking for help and it proved to be the start of a long successful career which has lasted four decades.

Paul began working for Rees Davies in 1980 and then William Pressdee in Mumbles from 1985. Co-op Funeralcare acquired the firm soon after and Paul rose to Senior Funeral Director gaining his Dip. FD and Dip. FM and this is where he is now hanging up his top hat.

Senior Funeral Director Richard Rowlands said “It is going to be very strange without Paul around. Personally he is someone who has supported me and someone I can turn to whenever I need assistance; professionally I know that his calmness, dignity and respect will be missed by the families he has served in the Mumbles community for a very long time.”

Paul has been coaching his sons James and Edward to follow in his footsteps and now feels that the time is right to hand over to the next generation.

“Traditionally this business has always been about fathers and sons and I am grateful to Funeralcare for the support I’ve had in these last few years to bring my boys through,” he said. “I now feel that the time is right to step aside.”

Paul plans to put pen to paper to write his memoirs and spend more time working for a local charity, Ty Olwen Hospice.

In his words he is “looking forward to not having to get up in the dark, in the middle of winter, in the freezing cold pouring rain!”

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