Welcome to The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group

Established in 1983 by Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball, our business operates with a simple ethos – to provide funeral services with dignity, humanity and the greatest of care.

We conduct our business with gentle, yet capable hands while maintaining a delicate balance of formality and empathy. Always.

The funeral business is one built on trust and reputation. We are a close-knit, community minded family group with 15 outlets throughout Essex and Suffolk, making us the largest independent funeral company in East Anglia.

We’re here to help you.

Trevor Hunnaball


Melanie Hunnaball

PR And Marketing Director

Saul Hunnaball

Operations Director

Chris Partner

Finance Director

Polly Hunnaball

HR Director

Jennie Hunnaball

Memorials Manager

Zena Partner

Senior Funeral Director

Joe Garwood

Area Manager & Funeral Director

Emilia Hunnaball

Funeral Service Coordinator
BSc Hons

Our Vision

“To be outstanding in all aspects of the services we provide.
To be a centre of excellence for learning and development.
To be innovators and leaders in our profession.
To create, develop and encourage our people to fulfil their potential.
To retain and enhance our reputation as the premier family funeral service in the region.”

Our Commitment to You

We are a family business dedicated to upholding the traditional values of respect and dignity, and to providing the very best of care for bereaved families.

We understand that when a death occurs, the first reaction is often shock, followed by confusion, and we are here to help you through the difficult days following your loss, and to ensure that we provide excellent quality of service and facilities, and a comprehensive range of options.

Company History

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group is a medium-size family operated business operating out of 15 outlets in north Essex and south Suffolk carrying out approximately 1,200 funerals per year.

The company was founded in 1983 by Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball with the purchase of Geo Paskell Funeral Services of Wix.

In 1985 the first Colchester office was opened at 63 Hythe Hill, relocating to York House in Mersea Road in 1987.

A branch in Crouch Street, with Melanie’s Floristry alongside, was also opened in 1987, and operated as head office for several years. Colchester Funeral Service opened in Stanwell Street, and was run by Melanie as a town centre office.

The J K May Funeral Service at West Mersea was acquired in 1988

Hunnaball of Ipswich opened in 1996.

Hunnaball of Sudbury and Janet C Davies of Braintree opened in 2004.

Janet C Davies of Kelvedon and Hunnaball of Witham opened in 2006.

Hunnaball of Chelmsford opened in July 2012.