Meet the team

Richard Walter Parson

Richard is Principal in the team and is our Funeral Director. Sailing is also one of Richard's loves, having had many adventures over many years afloat.

Janet McLoughlin

Janet is based at our Elburton Funeral Home and brings a wealth of experience to the team. Outside of work, Janet teaches art and music and is a keen bell-ringer at St Maurice Church in Plympton.

Ian Parson

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 has a love of wildlife and nature.

Wally Parson

Wally Parson (aka Walter C. Parson)

Wally has been involved with the funeral profession for more years than he cares to remember. Wally's experience is second-to-none. He has a non-executive role but is a constant source of support and inspiration to all of us.

Ian Stewart

Ian is relatively new to the industry coming from a military, outdoor education, road transport background. He’s been fortunate to have travelled the world and to have experienced much along the way. Raised in Torpoint, he is local to the area and has settled in Plymouth with his family. In his spare time he is a keen sea kayaker, mountain biker and musician.

Tony Walker

After a career in H.M. Forces, another one in the vehicle industry and spending some time working at crematoria, Tony joined us in May 2021.

Nigel Cawse

Nigel spend years working in hospitality and restaurants before joining Westcountry Funeral Service in May 2021

Leah Dawes

Leah has had experience within the funeral profession locally and joined us in June 2021

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.