Meet the St Margaret’s Funerals team

Julie Lacey  –  Head of Funeral Services

Julie has made Somerset her home for the past 40 years having moved down from Kent with her parents as a child. She adores the area, its people and the diversity it has to offer.

Julie was inspired to get into the funeral profession after attending her brother-in-law’s funeral over 15 years ago. It was the first funeral she had attended as an adult and she felt it was a worthwhile business to be involved in.

She started her career as a part-time funeral arranger in Clevedon, a job she loved, but felt sad when she handed over families she had cared for throughout their time of grief to the Funeral Director. Julie felt that the personal relationship she had established with those families should be seen through from beginning to end allowing a consistent level of care from a familiar person to the client. Julie worked hard, asked lots of questions of her colleagues and volunteered for other roles to enhance her professional development in order to carry out the role she felt families both wanted and deserved.

Julie joined St Margaret’s Funerals in December 2017 and has said it feels like ‘the perfect match’ for her.

She said: “I truly believe that we can make a difference for bereaved families by offering a totally unique, personal funeral for everyone that captures special memories and meaning.

“We are at the start of something very special here in Somerset and I feel both excited and privileged to be able to serve the people of this community for many years to come.”

She now lives in Burnham on Sea with husband Mike and their Labradoodle Monty.

Terena Gill – Funeral Administrator

Terena was born in Somerset in the early 60’s, where she lived on a farm. Her father was a ploughman and her mother raised chickens on a large scale. She moved to the village of North Newton when she was just 6 and attended the local school until moving to Blake comprehensive in Bridgwater at age 11.

She loves working with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. It was while working for St Margaret’s Hospice in the Fundraising Team that Terena found herself working very closely with recently bereaved families; helping them come to terms with the loss of someone close by doing something positive and giving something back to the hospice.

Terena said “It is such an honour to be on hand when families need you at what is often the saddest moment in their lives. To be able to offer solutions to funeral problems can be very comforting to the family. I have learnt that families want the funeral to be a lasting tribute to their loved one and now I am able to make that happen.

“Whether it is an unattended service, or a full church service with burial. Every funeral is special to the family and friends who want to be able to say goodbye their way. At my brother-in-law’s funeral, who was a painter and decorator, instead of flowers, he had the last paint pot and brush that he used atop his coffin. Something so simple and yet so poignant.”

Things have been hard for families during the coronavirus pandemic but we have continued to provide professional and yet intimate funeral services, whilst following guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Terena is now based in our new Bridgwater funeral home where we have a chapel that will be able to accommodate up to twenty people with a minister or celebrant once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Chris Jones – Assistant Funeral Director

Chris was born and raised In Weston-super-Mare, with his Mum, Dad and brother in the late 70's. Living in Bristol, Taunton and Bridgwater, Chris met his wife Louise in the early 2000's and moved to Stockmoor in 2008. He is the proud father of two sons, Aiden and Jake, who are both in their teens and 2 dogs, a chocolate Labrador, Rosie and staffy cross spaniel, Titch.

After a successful career in Retail management, Chris decided to make a huge career change and moved into Lifting Engineering with Sunbelt Rentals in the Bridgwater depot. A challenging job both mentally and physically!

Chris has 3 sporting passions which consume his weekends off, much to his wife Louise’s dismay, when he should be doing the DIY! His son Jake plays for the Bridgwater and Albion U14s rugby team and aspires to play for England, something which Chris takes great pride in. He supports Jake both by coaching him and by being his tackle bag!

During his time studying and living in Bristol, Chris could be found at the Memorial Stadium supporting his beloved Bristol Rovers – it’s footballing relationship which has had its ups and downs over the past 6 seasons but still as strong as ever! On a windswept rainy winter Tuesday evening Chris can also be found supporting his local team Bridgwater United with a soggy sausage and chips.

Chris's final sporting passion is motorcycle racing and in particular MotoGP. His hero is Valentino Rossi who he has followed since his career began.

Chris's passion for funeral support and directing was initially stoked by a 3 yr role at a local independent funeral director as a casual pall bearer and driver. The feeling of pride in supporting people in their time of need was a feeling that he could not ignore and he subsequently moved to St Margaret's Funeral Care as a Funeral Assistant in 2018 and he was appointed as Assistant Funeral Director at the hospice this year.

Chris said: “This role for me is a very exciting opportunity. I have always taken great pride in my work and see it as a privilege to care for someone once they have passed away. The distressed family have entrusted us with their loved one's care and there is no greater responsibility than that. The opportunity to also support the family through this challenging period is unlike any other and although hard at times, is extremely gratifying. Friends and family say, “I don’t know how you can do that job…” and I reply, “Its simple, I see their loved one as asleep and as such they deserve the same care, respect and dignity as awake…”

If someone has died we are here to help - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please call us on 01823 322072 or 01278 433950