Meet the team

Wally Parson N.A.F.D. (Dip), B.S.C.

Wally passed away at the beginning of July 2022. He had been involved with the funeral profession for all of his life, and was a non-stop source of support and advice for us through thick and thin. Wally's experience was second-to-none and he remains a constant inspiration to all of us. Rest in Peace Dad.

Richard Walter Parson N.A.F.D. (Dip), M.B.I.E.

Richard is Principal in the team and has worked in the profession since the 1980's. He is highly qualified with the National Association of Funeral Directors and the British Institute of Embalmers. Sailing is also one of Richard's loves, having had many adventures over many years afloat.

Ian Parson N.A.F.D. (Dip)

Ian started his career in the early 90's, achieving his N.A.F.D. Diploma with The Great Southern Group, based in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. Ian is also a horticulturist and author and has a love of wildlife and nature.

Leah Dawes

Leah joined us in July 2021 having worked in the profession locally previously and continues to support the business whilst gaining more valuable experience and helping out with every role and with every detail.

What our
customers say...

Richard and his team are consummate professionals who supported us at the most challenging of times.

Gary G.

When Mum passed, you were an absolute Godsend to me. You helped more than I could have expected

V. Daniels

Nothing was too much trouble.


Richard was recommended by a friend. I immediately felt comfortable and relaxed. He was a good listener, easy to talk to and his manner was reassuring and helpful. I can't thank him enough for seeing us smoothly through this traumatic time.

Anne P.

I lost my husband in his early 50's and Richard took over with great empathy, kindness and discretion. The professionalism of both him and his team was exemplary, even down to organising the traffic so that my husband's biker friends could follow us to the funeral. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

S. Boorer

Nothing was too much trouble. Everything from start to finish was absolutely perfect, the attention to details also superb including the timing of the drivers closing on both car doors, in my eyes, with that attention to detail I knew my Dad was in safe hands

Lee A.

I cannot recommend Richard enough for his compassion, professionalism and kind and thoughtful approach when dealing with myself and my family at such a difficult time. Nothing was too much bother for Richard.

J Kelly

We can't rate Westcountry Funeral Service high enough for their level of compassion .... nothing was ever too much trouble. Excellent communication throughout the whole process and everything was done to a high professional standard. I would highly recommend Westcountry Funeral Service.

Tristan S.

From start to finish the professional service that we received was excellent. We would recommend this company to anyone who sadly is in need of this service.

Peter C.

Throughout the undertakers were superb, calm, stewarding agents of remarkable humanity... It was an incredible experience - a good disturbance of the heart.

Paul C

Richard took over and gave our father's funeral dignity. An excellent all round service that I have no hesitation in recommending.

David H.

.. they looked after my mum, and all the details with the highest standard and went above and beyond.

Karen S.

...unbelievable from start to finish. It is rare to find such a truly personal service

Ben S.

From the moment we contacted Richard we knew our loved one, and the family, were in the safest hands. Outstanding care, service and value for money

Chris D.