At S. Stibbards & Sons we pride ourselves on five generations of experience helping to arrange funerals in the local community. Our duty now remains the same as it was when the company began – to provide respectful and personal assistance in fulfilling the wishes of our clients and their loved ones.
Samuel Stibbards, the company’s founder, first trained as a wheelwright and carpenter but also gave legal advice to those in need. At the time it was common for local tradesmen to ‘undertake’ funeral arrangements in the community and Samuel was one of the tradesmen who did this. Over time the undertaking business grew and Samuel decided to turn his full attention to it, establishing S. Stibbards & Sons Ltd Funeral Directors in 1867.
The company has always been based at New Road Corner, with the premises expanding and adapting over time to meet the changing needs of the company. In 1925 David and Albert, the sons of Samuel’s wife Ann, took over the company. The brothers began the expansion of the business, appointing trusted agents in the local community to arrange funerals on the company’s behalf.
Since then much has changed in the company’s structure, but S. Stibbards & Sons is still owned and run by direct descendants of Samuel Stibbards. We now have six branches: the head office in Hadleigh, Leigh-on-Sea, Canvey Island, Shoeburyness, Hockley and Southend. We continue to provide care and support to our clients during a difficult time and exercise the utmost professionalism in helping them arrange a fitting tribute to their loved ones.