About Us

    About Arthur Gresty Funeral Homes

    The founder of the company, Arthur Gresty, was born in 1908 in Moor Nook, off Derbyshire Road South, Sale, and was the son of a Gentleman’s Gardener. As a young man he trained and worked as a mechanic for a garage in Hale.

    Arthur attempted to sign up for wartime service but to his surprise was given an exemption due to his work duties (vehicle maintenance and service to the funeral profession). He enrolled in the Home Guard (Dad’s Army), which he often said did not fall short in reality from the TV comedy.
    In 1942, after working over a number of years for local Funeral Directors, hiring out vehicles and helping with funeral duties, Arthur started to offer his own complete Funeral Service in Sale Moor. He studied the theory and practice of embalming, qualifying as a member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1946 and so becoming the first qualified embalmer in the Sale/Altrincham area.
    In 1945, Arthur leased The Sale Moor Garage, his combined commercial garage and funeral directors premises (with the first private rest room facilities in Sale Moor). The following year, he managed to purchase the property.
    In 1947, Arthur was proud to be accepted into The Masonic Lodge, Pax Vera (No. 6200) based at Tatton Road, Sale, and later The DeSala Chapter. He worked through the various chains of office and was a strong member of the lodge for 41 years.
    Robert Gresty was born in 1940, the youngest of three children. After studying Metal Work and Engineering Drawing at Sale Grammar School, Robert left school in 1956 and worked with his father, trading as a partnership.

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    Meet the Team

    Arthur Gresty

    1908 - 1988

    The founder of the company, Arthur Gresty, was born in 1908 in Moor Nook, off Derbyshire Road South, Sale, and was the son of a Gentleman’s Gardener. As a young man he trained and worked as a mechanic for a garage in Hale.

    Arthur attempted to sign up for wartime service but to his surprise was given an exemption due to his work duties (vehicle maintenance and service to the funeral profession). He enrolled in the Home Guard (Dad’s Army), which he often said did not fall short in reality from the TV comedy.

    In 1942, after working over a number of years for local Funeral Directors, hiring out vehicles and helping with funeral duties, Arthur started to offer his own complete Funeral Service in Sale Moor. He studied the theory and practice of embalming, qualifying as a member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1946 and so becoming the first qualified embalmer in the Sale/Altrincham area.

    In 1945, Arthur leased The Sale Moor Garage, his combined commercial garage and funeral directors premises (with the first private rest room facilities in Sale Moor). The following year, he managed to purchase the property.

    In 1947, Arthur was proud to be accepted into The Masonic Lodge, Pax Vera (No. 6200) based at Tatton Road, Sale, and later The DeSala Chapter. He worked through the various chains of office and was a strong member of the lodge for 41 years.

    Robert Gresty was born in 1940, the youngest of three children. After studying Metal Work and Engineering Drawing at Sale Grammar School, Robert left school in 1956 and worked with his father, trading as a partnership.

    Robert Gresty

    1940 - 2020

    In 1962, Robert took the National Association of Funeral Directors examination and proudly obtained the Diploma in Funeral Directing, thus becoming the first qualified Funeral Director in the Sale/Altrincham area. He later qualified for membership of the B.I.E. in the 1970’s.

    Robert married his wife, Margaret, in 1971 at St Alphonsus Church, Old Trafford and had two children, David and Helen. Margaret became Robert’s co-director when she received her father in law’s shares as a gift. Arthur had decided to pass the company on to his son and daughter in law.

    David Gresty, BEng(Hons), Dip.FD, MBIE, LMBIFD

    Business Principal / Funeral Director

    David Gresty (Arthur’s Grandson) joined the business in 1988 and owned the company for 25 years and continues with the business under Funeral Partners as the Business Principal.

    David says he enjoys “meeting and helping people at their most difficult time and hopes to make a difference to them, their bereavement and that of their family and friends.”

    David has a Diploma in Funeral Directing as well as a B Eng (Hons) degree in Engineering Management and is British Institute of Embalming qualified.

    He supports Macmillan at Wythenshawe hospital and the local charity ‘2 little ducks’. He is a member of BIE and a current member BIFD and  past National President of BIFD

    In his spare time David enjoys movies, making movie theme models and home cooking.

     

    Paul Birkett

    Manager & Funeral Director - Urmston/Stretford

    Paul says “Helping families during their time of need is of huge importance to me, and with that comes a feeling of great satisfaction.”

    Paul has a certificate in Funeral Service and in his spare time likes spending time with his family and friends and motorcycling.

    Anthony Caffrey

    General Manager, Funeral Director

    Anthony has worked for Arthur Gresty Funeral Homes / C L Birkett & Son Funeral Directors as General Manager / Funeral Director since 2004.

    He says he enjoys “the opportunity to perform the last act of kindness that can be done for anybody”.

    Anthony is an Ordained Roman Catholic Deacon and Assistant Director of Liturgical Ceremony for the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

    He is a heritage railway enthusiast and has an interest in all thing railway.

    Jill Smith, Dip.FD, LMBIFD

    Funeral Director

    Chris McQueen

    Operative Manager

    Roy Woodall

    Senior Funeral Operative

    Andrew Bracken

    Funeral Operative

    Malcolm Serjeant, Dip.FD, LMBIFD

    Funeral Operative

    Francesca Griffith

    Administration / Funeral Operative

    Helen Caffrey

    Office Manager

    Muriel Costello

    Office Minder - Urmston

    Laura-Beth Beswick

    Office Minder - Stretford and Urmston

    Victoria Mulligan

    Office Minder - Stretford

    Jean Chambers

    Office Minder - Northenden

    Catherine Brookes

    Administration & Memorial Adviser

    Catherine says she enjoys “being able to see the finished work and seeing the client being pleased with their chosen memorial”.

    Her biggest achievement in life has been raising her two daughters.

    In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, watching TV dramas and walking her dog.

    Our Values

    Pride

    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.

    Partnership

    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 0161 973 1515 visit branch or arrange a home visit