As the fifth generation of the Box family, Richard gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1976. Born and bred in Dewsbury and with more than 50 years experience, he is probably one of the most senior people in the UK profession.
Andrew Box - Director of the Business and Funeral Director
Andrew Box is the youngest of the sixth generation of the family. He is not only responsible for arranging and coordinating funerals, but also many aspects of the day-to-day running of the business.
In 1995, at the age of 17, he became the youngest person in the UK, at the time, to achieve the National Association of Funeral Directors’ Diploma. He is also a fully qualified embalmer, achieving the British Institute of Embalmers' Diploma.
Edward Box - Director of the Business and Funeral Director
Since returning to the family business in 1998, Edward has evolved the firm into a funeral directors for the 21st Century. A qualified funeral director, Edward gained the National Association of Funeral Directors’ Diploma in 2005. As well as arranging and conducting funerals, he is also responsible for the management and running of the business.
Christopher Harrison - Embalmer and Hearse Driver
Chris joined the company as a funeral assistant and trainee funeral director after leaving school in the summer of 2002. He went on to train as an embalmer, qualifying and becoming a member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 2009. Since 2011 he has also been the main hearse driver and a pall bearer at funerals.
Alan Lee - Funeral Assistant
Alan joined the firm in 2009 as a funeral assistant and chauffeur and is, without doubt, one of our key team members. He can be relied upon to get the job done, whether it is driving the limousine to the cemetery, ensuring that the fleet is gleaming clean, or making sure that mourners have everything they need. A self-confessed 'tecky', he has been known to instantly resolve on-the-day problems at the cemetery using the internet connection on his wristwatch!
Polly Smith - Ossett Office Funeral Director
Polly joined the company in 2003 as our aftercare manager and was fundamental in setting up the hugely successful START bereavement group. Polly is a qualified funeral director and gained her Diploma in 2005. She now runs the Ossett Office and is the main funeral director for the town and its surrounding districts.
Linda Pearson - Ossett Office Receptionist
Linda joined Eric F. Box Funeral Directors in 2004 and, as receptionist for the Ossett Chapel-of-Rest, is the first point of contact for our families. She has lived in the town for more than 30 years.
Andy Redfern - Funeral Assistant
Andy has been working for Eric F. Box for many years and can often be seen at funerals and cremations across the district in his capacity as both chauffeur and funeral assistant. Like all of our other team members, he prides himself on supporting and caring for families whilst they are in his charge, and can always be relied upon to give a helping hand.
Sally Heath - Trainee Funeral Director
Sally achieved a long held ambition to become a funeral director when she joined Eric F. Box's as a trainee in 2015. She has had a long career working with elderly people but always wanted to join a firm like ours. She is our newest but most welcome member of the team.
Tommy Parkinson - Funeral Assistant
Tommy is the man with the kindly smile and one of our regular funeral assistants who can often be seen shouldering the coffin, whilst involving himself in many of the 'on-the-day' duties associated with funerals or cremations. He is a key member of the team and is highly regarded by his colleagues.
Virginia Pollitt - Head of Housekeeping
Virginia has been with the firm for almost two decades and is an integral part of our 'behind-the-scenes' team. If she isn't making sure that the Dewsbury funeral home is spic and span, she is keeping everyone supplied with tea and coffee and even answering the phones during busy periods! Virginia is as much a part of team as the Box family members themselves, and is known and held in great affection by many of our families.