Patrick Ryan & Daughter Funeral Directors is delighted to be able focus on serving local families while receiving the support and investment of a high-quality network by joining Funeral Partners.
After moving from Ireland and starting his own driving school in West London, founder Patrick Ryan saw an opportunity to serve the large number of Irish Catholic families in the local communities.
Patrick had some industry experience with his cousins being in the funeral profession, so he began conducting funerals in the 1960s by borrowing facilities in local funeral homes. One of those funeral homes was John Nodes Funeral Service, which many years later would go on to join the Funeral Partners family.
Patrick’s popularity enabled him to set up Patrick Ryan & Son with its own premises in Ealing in 1977, which would expand to a second funeral home in Greenford in 2005. His wife Marjory joined him to help and then, in the 80s, his 16-year-old daughter Lynn joined the business, prompting Patrick to break from tradition and rename his business to Patrick Ryan & Daughter Funeral Director.
Lynn met her husband, Paul, who was working for the family business at the time and the two became the owners following Patrick’s death. The couple faced a different industry to the one Patrick started his business in, with more time spent on necessary yet time-consuming government paperwork, processes and regulations.
As one of the few networks Patrick once enquired about joining, Lynn and Paul approached Funeral Partners first to see what its values and ethos were and whether it could support their ambitions to focus on serving families again, and they found the perfect match.
Lynn said: “Funeral Partners was the only one we considered as their values very much align with ours.
“Our family name is still above the door and we conduct funerals in the same personable way that we have since the 1960s, only now with more time to spend with the families we serve.”
Regional Development Director Simon Roberts said: “We warmly welcome Patrick Ryan & Daughter to the Funeral Partners family and are pleased to see Lynn carrying on as Business Principal alongside her husband and family, who will still be providing a continuity of care for their local community and ensuring the continuation of the heritage and reputation they have worked so hard to build up with their team.”
CEO Sam Kershaw said: “With a rich history and proud heritage, Patrick Ryan & Daughter will continue to thrive as part of the Funeral Partners family. We look forward to supporting their growth, helping the team develop, and integrating Lynn and Paul’s wealth of experience into our North West London region.”