Roy and Matt Gwinnell

R. Gwinnell & Sons funeral homes in Essex and Suffolk

R. Gwinnell & Sons was established in 1986 by Roy and Christine Gwinnell to provide a caring and supportive service to families in times of need. Their eldest son Matt joined the business in 2002, having grown up observing how his father looked after families during the most difficult of times. He says it was always a case of when, not if, he joined the family business.

The Gwinnells opened their first funeral home in Manningtree, followed by branches in Clacton, Colchester, Dovercourt, Hadleigh and Thorpe-le-Soken, with a branch opening shortly in Ipswich. The family have also been entrusted with A.R. Clarke in Halstead.

Roy is well-known in the local communities served by R. Gwinnell & Sons and is a long-standing member of the Rotary Club. He has the Diploma in Funeral Directing and is a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors.

Pictured (left to right): Matt Gwinnell with father Roy.


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  • 112 Ipswich Road, Colchester CO4 0AA
    01206 868585
  • 351 Holland Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6PD
    01255 815600
  • 292 High Street, Dovercourt CO12 3PD
    01255 241900
  • 32 High Street, Hadleigh IP7 5AP
    01473 824440
  • A.R. Clarke 129 Kings Road, Halstead CO9 1HJ
    01787 472164
  • The Old Bell, 1-3 Stoke Street, Ipswich IP2 8BX
    01473 351800
  • 24 High Street, Manningtree CO11 1AD
    01206 391506
  • High Street, Thorpe-le-Soken CO16 0EA
    01255 860400

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Halstead Colchester Clacton-on-Sea Thorpe-le-Soken Dovercourt Manningtree Hadleigh Ipswich