Farthing, Singleton & Hastings

TWO funeral service staff have retired after notching up 80 years' service at the same firm.Francis Hawes joined Farthing Singleton & Hastings 60 years ago at the age of 16, and has continued to help out despite his formal retirement 10 years ago.

TWO funeral service staff have retired after notching up 80 years' service at the same firm.

Francis Hawes joined Farthing Singleton & Hastings 60 years ago at the age of 16, and has continued to help out despite his formal retirement 10 years ago.

He was apprenticed as a carpenter and became involved in all aspects of the funeral trade, gaining a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1959.

Bob Sharman served his apprenticeship as a stonemason and joined the Ipswich-based company 20 years ago, quickly becoming involved in the funeral service as well as stonemasonry.

He has also maintained a keen and active part-time role with the company since his official retirement.

Luke Farthing made a small presentation to each on behalf of the partnership, and praised the committed and loyal contribution of both men.

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Pictured from left to right are: Donald Farthing, Francis Hawes, Bob Sharman and Luke Farthing.