A personalised funeral for Neil Sharp
Here, Funeral Director David Pedelty tells us the story of an incredibly memorable funeral. The funeral was personalised by the family to include a skip lorry, in honour of a local businessman, Neil Sharp.
“The saying goes that “where there’s muck, there’s brass” and this was certainly true for Neil Sharp. Neil, if memory serves me right, had started working for a local waste disposal company in Aberdeen when he was just a youngster, but shortly after started up his own business operating under the title of Neil Sharp Waste Management. Having built up a very successful and profitable business, Neil sold up and intended to enjoy an early retirement with his wife, Edith, and their family.
He soon found that he missed the work and he didn’t take much persuading by Edith to buy a couple of lorries and skips and start up in business again, this time with his son. The new company was named EIS Waste Services Ltd (having sold the previous trading name (his own name) EIS was chosen as this is his wife’s initials). More muck, more brass!! EIS quickly became, and remains to this day, one of the most well known and respected waste collection/disposal companies in Aberdeen and North East Scotland.”
On Neil’s death, the family contacted Annette, area manager at Dignity, to attend to funeral arrangements and also to officiate at the funeral service. Annette had been friends with Neil’s daughter for many years and, as a registered funeral celebrant, was happy to officiate. Annette asked David to step in as funeral director for the family and arrange for Neil to be taken home to rest and lead proceedings on the day of the funeral.