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J. K. May of West Mersea

Blackwater House, 51 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8JE
Mon – Fri: 09:00am-17:00pm
Tel: 01206 382235


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Funeral directors in West Mersea

Established by John K. May in 1980, JK May of West Mersea has served the community for more than 40 years. John himself was the Island’s funeral director for over 35 years and will always be remembered fondly. The Hunnaball family has continued its fine traditions since JK May became part of The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group as long ago as 1988, and it is still run by the family today. The team is led by Joe Garwood and his wife, Polly Hunnaball, who are very much part of the island community.


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Professional and caring funeral services

Family is at the heart of everything that we do here at JK May, so we understand fully how distressing and stressful losing a loved one can be to the whole family and also to friends. That is why we pride ourselves on providing the most professional and caring funeral services, guiding you through every stage of the funeral arrangements. Together, we work with you to complete all the required formalities and formulate a funeral to commemorate your loved one, with the utmost dignity and respect.

State of the art funeral facilities

At JK May of West Mersea you will find a kind and friendly welcome. We offer a full suite of facilities, including a family-friendly arranging room where you can plan in privacy and comfort, and a modern mortuary where your loved one will be cared for meticulously. You can rest assured that they will receive all the care and attention they deserve. Our private Chapel of Rest overlooks the secluded Garden of Memories where visitors can spend time in quiet reflection. This is a wonderful space to remember all those happy times that you shared with your loved one. All our facilities are maintained to the highest standards. We also offer on-site parking to make visiting our funeral directors in West Mersea even easier.

First response funeral director in West Mersea

At JK May, we understand how daunting the prospect of arranging a funeral can seem. When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know what you need to do and when. However, you will find that our funeral arrangers are ready to help at every stage. Our experienced team are always on hand to assist, with our first response team on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can be there whenever you need us, making the process of planning a funeral as straightforward as possible for you.
We also have years of experience working with medical professionals, legal advisers, and celebrants, so you can depend on us for advice and guidance throughout. We will support you in creating the funeral service that your loved one deserves, commemorating and honouring them in the way you, and they would wish.

Plan a funeral in West Mersea

If you’re ready to plan a funeral in West Mersea, you can call us on 01206 382235 to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly team. You can also email us at jkmay@hunnaball.co.uk – we’ll aim to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our West Mersea team

Joe Garwood

Area Manager

Caroline Cotton

Holly Ohmke

Frequently asked questions in West Mersea

  • Do you arrange burials on the island?

    There are a number of cemeteries on West Mersea and, subject to cost and permission, they are open for burials whether you live on the Island or not. However, there is an additional charge for those who are not resident on the Island.

  • Can I have a different type of hearse?

    Our silver fleet and hearses are well known in the area, but there is also wide choice of alternative hearses available on request. We have arranged funerals with a motorcycle hearse, horse drawn hearses, a Land Rover, a brewers dray with shire horses, the vehicle from Ghostbusters, a traction engine, flat bed lorries, and so many more. Simply talk to your funeral arranger and if we are able to help, we will.

  • Do you provide direct cremation?

    We offer local direct cremations. They are an alternative to traditional funeral ceremonies and can save money, but they do not allow for family and friends to attend at the time of cremation because they take place at a time most convenient to the crematorium. We recommend using your local funeral director for a direct cremation, because it keeps your loved one closer to home and ensures that they receive the same dignified individual attention from which all our clients benefit. The cremated remains of your loved one will be returned to the branch for collection, or scattered or interred, according to your instructions. All direct cremations are carried out with the same, compassion and professionalism as every funeral we arrange.

  • Are you part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group?

    JK May Family Funeral Directors of West Mersea have been a part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group since 1988. Mr May was always known on the Island for his compassion and professionalism, as well as his commitment to the local community. These are the values which remain at the heart of the entire Hunnaball Family Funeral Group and continue to be epitomised in our West Mersea branch.


Contact details

J. K. May of West Mersea

Blackwater House, 51 High Street, West Mersea, Essex, CO5 8JE.

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01206 382235