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Funeral services by our caring and attentive team

What makes us unique is our focus on the little things. When it comes to meeting your needs, we will always go above and beyond.

Staff profile - Michelle

Michelle Thurston-Balam, DipFD, LSBP

Managing Director/Funeral Director

Michelle was only 21 when she held her first position as a Mortuary Technician, this was after years of gaining work experience and qualifications through the National Association of Funeral Directors. After 5 years as a qualified Mortuary Technician in Somerset, Michelle was ready to move onto becoming a Funeral Director. This started with an independent Funeral Directors in Somerset before moving to be Funeral Director in London where she arranged and conducted hundreds of funerals.

A need to come back home to the North East led Michelle to become an assessor within the funeral profession and completed her own Diploma in Funeral Directing. Not being able to keep watching others do the job she had a passion for, Michelle formed Roseberry Funeral Service. This had been a long desire of Michelle's to do and finally felt that was the ideal time for her. Over the next few years this led to expanding Roseberry Funeral Service in Marske in 2015 and Guisborough in 2022. 

Michelle now has a vast knowledge base and a lot of expertise to handle any circumstance, including having personally trained each and every person who has worked for her. 

Being supportive of the families she cares for as well as her dedicated team, has lead her to join the Society of Bereavement Practitioners. She also plans to dedicate time to becoming a bereavement counsellor.

Graham Wilkes, DipFD

Funeral Director

Graham is a beloved resident of Redcar and has worked as a respectful and sympathetic funeral director for many years. Graham prioritises taking care of our family during this trying time for them. "Having worked in local communities for many years, helping some of the most vulnerable in our society, I was able to transfer these skills when achieving a long term dream to be a funeral director".

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Tony Jepson

Funeral Director

Tony has worked his way up to this position because he is passionate about being a funeral director. Tony was given the chance to enter the funeral industry following a career in the fire service. His compassionate demeanour has carried over from the fire service and is evident in the way he cares for each of our families. He is now striving to earn his certification via the National Association of Funeral Directors, which is helping him to advance his knowledge and abilities.

Peter Richardson

Funeral Assistant

Pete joined our team in 2021, however he has been a funeral assistant for an independent funeral director for 21 years. Pete is so committed to his job and is so passionate about it that he just wants everything to be flawless.

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Paige Jefferson

Apprentice Funeral Director

Paige is currently working towards her funeral director qualifications through an apprenticeship. She has moved to us, having previously worked at another Funeral Directors, to continue this work and we look forward to giving her all the training and guidance she needs. Paige will make an excellent Funeral Director with her commitment to families to provide the very best care.

Paige was recognised for her achievements by being awarded finalist in the 2023 Good Funeral Awards.

Adam Thurston

Managing Director/Accounts Manager

Adam serves as both the accounts manager and the managing director of the Marske office for Roseberry Funeral Service. We all take satisfaction in performing tasks to the best of our abilities, and Adam has finished three years of coursework to earn level 4 AAT (Association of Account Technicians). He is present in our Guisborough office and is always available to help you with any queries you might have.

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Funeral Assistant 

Steve worked for many years withing Redcar and Cleveland Council. His time there included within the bereavement services. When he retired, he joined our team as a funeral assistant. This is a role that has many aspects to it, but Steve's professional and caring nature means he is always the right man to assist. 


Funeral Assistant

John joined our team wanting to do something more following semi-retirement. He has been part of our team for many years as a bearer. He does this role with great professionalism and care. 

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Funeral Assistant

Gavin joined our team after coming to the North East to be with family. Gavin is retired but enjoys his role with us and caring for families in need. 

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