I would like to introduce myself, Dawn Whitehead Brown my Husband Edward and our daughters Olivia and Eleanor. We are joined by Eddie who worked alongside my father Roland, for over 20 years. We feel honoured you have chosen to consider our family to take care of yours.
Dawn Whitehead Brown
I am sand grown born in St. Annes War Memorial Hospital in 1962. I attended St Thomas’ Primary School and Church, and spent my childhood days playing on the sand dunes and in Ashton Gardens Park. After leaving full-time education I joined my father in the funeral profession. In 1994 I had our first daughter Olivia, followed by Eleanor in 1997. I am proud, they too, have chosen to follow in the family footsteps.
I was born in 1942 in Crewe and educated at Nantwich and Cheadle grammar schools. I joined the Police force in 1959 serving in Lytham St Annes and headquarters Hutton, on uniform CID and drug squad duties. In 1964 I married Hilary and we had one daughter Carol, who lives in St Annes with her family. In 1991 I retired from the Police force and joined Roland in 1993 at the funeral home.
Edward John Brown
Born at home in Poulton-Le-Fylde in 1962, the fourth of five children. I attended St. John’s Roman Catholic Junior School in Poulton moving at the age of 11 to St. Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic High School. During these years I served as an Altar boy alongside my three brothers at St John the Evangalist R.C. Church, Poulton and St. Martin’s R.C. Church, Carleton, Blackpool. On leaving school after my GCSE’s I attended Myerscough College for four years studying Horticulture and Botanical Science. After working within the Horticultural industry for several years I started an import and sales company in Lancaster distributing horticultural products to commercial clients across the UK. Throughout this time Dawn has been my constant support and partner and we have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Eleanor. At the age of forty nine and after the sad loss of Roland, Dawn’s father, I joined the team at the Funeral Home. I am proud to be part of the family tradition carrying the business forward into the Third generation.
I was born in Lancaster Hospital in 1997 and was educated at Forton Primary School, followed by Ripley St. Thomas CofE Academy. It was here that I discovered my passion for childcare and I went on to qualify as a Nursery Nurse at Blackpool College. Whilst working in the childcare industry, I completed my first aid training and sign-language certification. I worked as a Nursery Nurse for several wonderful years, which enabled me to embrace my natural empathic abilities and develop my strengths working in a caring and nurturing role. In 2018 I decided I would love to transfer my abilities to the family business so I joined my mum and dad to establish the third generation of my grandfathers business.
I was born in Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1994, the eldest child of Edward and Dawn. I attended Forton Primary School, followed by Ripley St Thomas Academy and Sixth Form. I then went on to study Sociology, Criminology and Law at Lancaster University, where I made lifelong friends. After graduating I worked as a personal assistant at a children's charity, providing VIP experiences for seriously ill and disabled children. It was here I realised I would like a career dedicated to helping others in their moments of need and I returned to university. I am now in my second year at the University of Central Lancashire training to be a psychotherapist and I volunteer each week as part of my student placement at Trinity Hospice. I will be very proud to support the family business when I graduate, by offering bereavement counselling to those in need.