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About us

For almost 60 years the Beswetherick family has been providing support and care to families in Cornwall during difficult times.

One of Truro’s longest established independent funeral directors, now in its third generation, the firm was founded in 1959 by William John Beswetherick.

During that time we have supported many families through the process by being open, understanding, respectful and professional. We listen to, and understand, your wishes and provide you with all the information you need to organise a funeral how you want it.

Our History

W J Beswetherick founder, William John Beswetherick, began his career as a wheelwright for the Brokenshire firm on Lemon Quay, Truro, before becoming a carpenter. During World War Two he built invasion barges in Charlestown Dock and Totnes.

In 1959, when aged 52, he established the firm in Pydar Street, Truro. In 1960 his son, Percy, joined the business.

Percy’s daughter, Cindy, became the third generation to join the firm in 1982 becoming the first female funeral director in Cornwall.

In 1988 we moved to our current purpose built premises in Fairmantle Street, Truro.

Today, Percy’s wife, Gloria, and Cindy run the business as a mother and daughter team with support from Cindy’s husband, Simon, and the rest of the team – Sandra, Lee and Stefan.

Being an independent family business is important to us. It allows us to build strong relationships with the people we support.