MON 9TH DEC 2019


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Grassby Funeral Service

Business Address: Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1TW

Country: England,

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About Grassby Funeral Service

The business, Grassby & Sons, was founded in Dorchester by Benjamin Grassby, who moved to Dorset from Lincolnshire in 1861.

Benjamin, a stone carver, was responsible for a lot of the stone carving in many Dorset churches during the Gothic revival of the late 19th Century. 

The family stonemasonry business continued down through the generations of the Grassby family, and in 1970, Clinton Grassby opened Grassby Funeral Service in Princes Street, Dorchester. 

The premises in Princes Street were expanded in 2000 when the former stables on the old Dorset County Hospital site, directly opposite their existing premises, were purchased. These premises were sensitively renovated and provide additional offices and an additional Chapel of Rest. 

The business continues to be run by his sons, David, Andrew and Peter, the fifth generation of the Grassby family, maintaining a reputation for the highest standards of service throughout Dorchester and the surrounding area.

David joined the business in 1983 after a career in teaching and Peter followed in 1987 after working in London at Barclays International.

Peter and David have direct responsibility for all funerals and are ably assisted by funeral director Andrew Fooks, who has been with the Company since 1988 and has achieved full qualifications in the Diploma of Funeral Directing. 

Andrew Grassby joined the business as an apprentice stonemason in the early 1970's. He however later joined the Merchant Navy, before returning to the business to run the masonry works at Grassby Stonemasons. 

The business has other funeral branches including Stockting Funeral Service and Rose Funeral Service in Weymouth and Portland, Colin J. Close in Blandford Forum, Potburys Funeral Service in Sidmouth and Hansfords Funeral Service of Beer and Seaton.