Stanley J Nicholas Ltd and its roots began in 1946 and we are proud to be the longest established independent family owned and run funeral directors in the Rhymney Valley.
We strive to deliver a professional, respectful and personal service and pride ourselves in offering traditional and modern funeral options with unparalleled levels of customer service.
Throughout our time serving the community, we have always tried to uphold the traditions of those that have passed before us, but have never been slow to recognise the need for change and act upon it.
Founded by Mr. Nicholas in 1946, the company has grown over the past 70+ years to be one of the leading independent funeral directors in the area. ‘Uncle Stan’ built the reputation of the company by upholding traditional values and by serving the community and helping them in their time of grieving.
When Anthony married Uncle Stan’s niece Rosaline in 1967 they moved into the family home where she grew up, and they eventually took over the family business. Anthony has travelled all over the world in his profession as an Embalmer and Funeral Director, and is one of the most well respected Fellows of The British Institute of Embalmers. Anthony is the patriarch of the company and still takes an active role in the business.
Anthony’s son Edward started ‘helping out’ at about age 12 and has never stopped. Edward lives for the company and prides himself on upholding the traditional values that Uncle Stan stood for, and on the relationships he has built in the community over the years. Edward, also a Fellow of The British Institute of Embalmers, has helped grow the business to what it is today and treats every family that he meets like his own, showing them and their loved ones the utmost respect.
Adrian started with the company in early 2002; his primary role is as our Embalmer and he is a qualified member of The British Institute of Embalmers, and like Edward, Adrian also conducts funerals. Adrian has a tremendous knack of building a rapport with the families he meets and of putting them at ease at what can be one of the most traumatic times in their life.
Sharon joined the team as Office Manager in early 2017; with a background in the Civil Service, the funeral business was a huge career change, but Sharon always ensures the families are met with a caring and sympathetic kindness every step of the way. Sharon oversees the staff and day to day running of the business and loves the sense of pride and reward her role gives her and wouldn’t want to do anything else. Sharon has recently opened their second branch in Aberbargoed and now works from there.
Elizabeth has been with the company since 1999 and is the longest serving employee. She is very rarely seen but is an integral part of the team. She is the company’s admin clerk and keeps all the wheels within the company turning ensuring suppliers are paid on time. Elizabeth now works in the Aberbargoed branch with Sharon.
Daniel and Sean are full-time Funeral Operatives and at least one of them is always on hand on each of our funerals. They are both very bright and pleasant young men and are always eager to do whatever is required to ensure the smooth running of the business. They lead our on-call team ensuring a reliable and respectful service is provided to our clients at all times.
Julie is Office Administrator at The Paddocks and is also lead on our on-call team. Whilst she is new to the admin team but is keen to learn and is thoroughly enjoying her new role, ensuring she always meets the families with a friendly and caring smile.
Mike and Rebecca work as part-time Funeral Operatives; they drive the limousines and also act as bearers. They ensure the vehicles are kept in tip-top condition ready for the next funeral, and also form part of our on-call team ready to go out and collect the deceased 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It’s a hard job when you deal with death on a daily basis but we at Stanley J Nicholas Ltd are dedicated and professional at all times, and pride ourselves on caring for the families as if they were our own.