Clem is the Patron of Beckford’s and started his training with S.A. Pedley Funeral Directors in West Yorkshire whilst an evacuee during the war. He has a lifetime experience within the field of funeral directing.
After World War II when Guernsey was liberated from the Nazi Occupation Clem returned from Yorkshire and continued funeral directing within the Island alongside his carpentry business. Later he branched out into the growing industry, growing crops of daffodils, tomatoes, and later freesias. He also held the position of Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 36 years.
Clem merged his company with Beckford’s on the retirement of Mrs Bertha Way in 1983, who was at that time the Owner of Beckford’s. Clem later retired from his carpentry and growing business to concentrate solely on funeral directing. Although Clem has retired from funeral directing, he is still actively interested in Beckford’s and his advice and experience is certainly still respected.
Philip Duquemin FCA
Philip is the son of Patron Clem Duquemin and is a chartered accountant by profession. He worked for KPMG in Guernsey and South Africa. He joined Nashua International (later to become NRG) in Guernsey where he was regional financial director for the international subsidiary operations before becoming managing director of NRG International in 1995 and later board member of Gestetner Holdings PLC.
Philip now provides consultancy services as well as being chairman of a few local companies including Resolution IT Ltd an IT services company.
Managing Director and Funeral Director
Jane is the daughter of Patron Clem Duquemin and has always had a background interest in the funeral business. After many years working within the Finance Industry and as a Legal Secretary she took time off to raise her three children. In 2001 she took a more active role within Beckford’s as Managing Director and Funeral Director.
Jane feels that it is one of the most rewarding occupations she has experienced and being able to help a family through a difficult time gives an enormous amount of satisfaction. Jane says, “Death is a natural part of the life cycle and it is a privilege being able to offer a sensitive, sympathetic and above all professional service for people in a time of need.” Jane advises on all aspects of providing a lasting memorial including compliance with local cemetery rules and regulations. She also arranges renovations and alterations to existing memorials.
Jane’s hobbies are gardening and she also sings as a duo with her husband David both performing at Charity events such as Age Concern, Alzheimer’s Association and the Gateway Club.
Andy joined the Company in 2009 after seeking a change in career. He has gained experience in dealing with the public whilst running his own business. Andy conducts himself in a professional and compassionate manner whilst being sensitive to the needs of others which has been beneficial in his role as Funeral Director. He is always willing to go the extra mile in minimising the stress and anxiety of the bereaved and ensuring that their wishes and that of the deceased are respected in the conduct of the funeral.
In his spare time Andy likes to go Clay target shooting and has represented Guernsey at The Home Internationals and the Island Games. Andy has a collection of vintage scooters and attends rallies in France and the UK as well as helping to organise the Guernsey Scooter Rally.
Zac has worked for Beckford’s since 2015 starting out as a part time pall bearer whilst being employed also achieving his CIOB Level 4 Certificate and Diploma in Site Management. Zac previously travelled and spent nine months working at an orphanage in Ghana over three trips. He decided on a change of direction and was attracted to the role of Funeral Director, something he had considered upon leaving school. This has been an excellent move for Zac and Beckford's as he excels in this role showing an organized and professional approach combining competence, care and compassion. He is passionate about his work and is a valued member of the Beckford's team. He enjoys a challenge and embraces new ideas. He is currently in the process of completing his Funeral Arranging and Administration Level 3 Diploma.
Zac spends his spare time with his young family or on the golf course.
Funeral Coordinator and Office Administrator
Paula previously worked in the finance industry for 20 years before joining Beckford’s, and then took a career break to have a family. Paula gets involved with many aspects of Beckford's work including in the arrangement of funerals and funeral plans. She has a very compassionate, caring nature, offering a sympathetic approach, which is apparent as the first point of contact in her capacity as telephonist and receptionist. Her duties also include support, administration, and accounts which she handles with care and efficiency.
Hearse Driver and Pall Bearer
Dave Bichard joined Beckfords in early 2015 as a Pall Bearer. In 2016 he became driver for our Mercedes 250D hearse. He is a fully qualified mechanic and worked for the St John’s Ambulance Station for many years as an Ambulance Mechanic. He is a competent caring person.
Dave's hobbies include motor racing and he regularly takes part in the Hill Climb and Sprint.
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