Family History

Maurice Devall 1969

Maurice Devall

Born October 1916 in Rugeley, Staffordshire. He entered the Funeral profession at the age of 15 as a Carpenter and Joiner in Crewe, Cheshire and progressed to becoming a Funeral Director. In 1947 he became Assistant Manager for the Nuneaton & Atherstone Co-Operative society where he earned a wonderful reputation for serving the bereaved within the local community. Maurice passed away suddenly in June 1969 aged 52 years.

David Devall

Joined the Nuneaton Co-Operative Funeral Directors as a trainee and at the age of 18 was promoted to Assistant Manager. In 1979 he moved to A V Band Funeral Directors in Worcester as a Senior Funeral Director and while there he gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing and also his Embalming Certificate. At the age of 24 David was appointed Area Manager for the Bath and Trowbridge Co-Operative and just 18 months later promoted to Regional Operations Manager for Bristol. During that period he gained his Diploma in Funeral Service Management. Although David and Stephanie have gone their separate ways in their personal lives they both still have a major role in the business.

1986

Stephanie Devall

Stephanie started her career in the funeral profession when she left school in 1980 and worked for the Bristol/Bath Co-Operative funeral service as a receptionist. Within a short time she progressed to a funeral arranger and at 17 years of age started her British Institute of Embalmers qualification. It was during this time that she met David who was her tutor. Stephanie continued in the profession and gained her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1987 a year after she and David came back to Nuneaton to start the family business. Stephanie more recently was invited to serve as an examiner for the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) in 2011. She has now 34 years experience in the profession.

1987

Jonathan Bambury

After leaving school in 1987 David’s Nephew Jonathan joined the family business. In 1992 he gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing and in 2008 passed his NVQ in construction of monumental masonry safety. He now is responsible for managing the monumental masonry department along with the general day to day running of the business.

2006

Daniel Devall

Daniel followed in his parent's footsteps and joined the family business in 2006. He started his training in all aspects of the profession and was arranging and conducting funerals at the young age of 18. He gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing and became a Member of The British Institute of Funeral Directors in 2008. In June 2018 David retired full time from the business, although he now oversees the business as chairman, his son Daniel has now taken the role of Managing Director.