Mark Jales & Andrew Oxley
Mark Jales Dip.DAS, MSFTR
Company Chairman & Founder
A year later he was approached by the funeral company that had carried out his fathers funeral and Mark joined them in 1980 at the age of eighteen. The company was a long established independent and it was the eighty year old grandson of the original founder who taught Mark all he knew. He was a great traditionalist and always immaculate when he directed a funeral, 'the family always comes first' was his motto and it was a message that he instilled in Mark right from the start of his career.
Mark went on to work for a large group but felt it wasn't for him so he moved to another independent funeral directors. He stayed on the independent side of the profession for fifteen years until he moved into the licensed trade.
Always having had a dream of opening his own funeral directors Mark saw an opportunity in Wells, Somerset and after a great deal of refurbishment of the building the offices and chapel opened on 5th December 2011 in Priory Road.
Mark has a personally trained team who all strive to provide a first-class service to our families, with dignity and respect. There is another company director, Andrew Oxley who comes in as and when required.
He views his work not as 'just a job' but as a vocation and is always happy to provide vocational talks to interested groups.
Andrew Oxley ARCM
Andrew Oxley and Mark Jales have been friends for many years and as Mark was discussing the possibility of opening a funeral business Andrew and his wife showed an interest. Andrew and Adelaide came up with some investment and they have a vested interest in the business.
Andrew stays pretty much in the background but is happy to come in and direct funerals when Mark is on holiday, drive the hearse or arrange funerals and collections. He keeps a general eye on the business as he and Mark speak regulary on the telephone when they jointly make any major decisions.
We have a team of part-time staff that assist in the business in all aspects of our work.