History

John Edward Hackett

John Edward Hackett

Annie-Louise Hackett

Annie-Louise Hackett

J E Hackett and Sons

We pride ourselves on our very high standard of care and compassion instilled down the generations.

‘Our family caring for Yours’

Longford

Our founder John Edward Hackett established the family business in 1922. He started out as a builder/carpenter conducting the occasional funeral as many builders did in those days. He built houses mostly in the Longford area and also built the family funeral home in Longford.

John Edward and his wife Annie Louise had five children, Eva, John Hugh (who sadly died at 6 weeks old) Jack, Joan and William (later known as Bill Snr).

Eva

Bill (Snr)

Jack

Eva

Eva, Jack and Bill helped their father in the funeral business. During the second World Ward Jack was called up for service in the Royal Navy, leaving a young Eva to assist with the running of the family business. Eva was one of the first ever female Funeral Directors in Coventry. Eva was also an active member of the St John Ambulance Brigade and devoted her whole life to the family business. It was Eva’s dedication during the war years and in the aftermath of the Coventry Blitz that ensured the firm continued to serve the community well. With her vision, dedication and guidance the business flourished and grew.

Bill married Margaret and had five children, Emma, Jane, Kate, Sally and Thomas (who sadly died aged 17 months). On leaving school Jane joined her father in the funeral business.

Jane

Eva, Jack and Bill helped their father in the funeral business. During the second World Ward Jack was called up for service in the Royal Navy, leaving a young Eva to assist with the running of the family business. Eva was one of the first ever female Funeral Directors in Coventry. Eva was also an active member of the St John Ambulance Brigade and devoted her whole life to the family business. It was Eva’s dedication during the war years and in the aftermath of the Coventry Blitz that ensured the firm continued to serve the community well. With her vision, dedication and guidance the business flourished and grew.

Bill married Margaret and had five children, Emma, Jane, Kate, Sally and Thomas (who sadly died aged 17 months). On leaving school Jane joined her father in the funeral business.

Eva

Jane

As the family and business grew Eva, Bill and Jack recognised the need to open and funeral home in Bedworth. Jack and his wife Ethel established a branch office at 93 Leicester Road Bedworth in 1953. This was also a family home where Jack and Ethel’s six children, Ann, John (who sadly died aged 19) William (Bill Jnr), Janice, Elaine and Hugh (Thomas).

Bedworth

John Edward Hackett originally lived in the house at Longford but this was able to be extensively extended and refurbished in 2010.

Longford

A dedicated service with invited guests including the Bishop of Coventry, the Lord Mayor of Coventry, the National President and the Coventry and District President of the National Association of Funeral Directors, local clergy, colleagues, family, friends and neighbours.

John Edward’s grandsons (Jack’s sons) William (Bill Jnr) and Hugh (Thomas) with the support of their wives Patience and Hilary carry on the family business today with Bill and Patience living at the Longford branch and Thomas and Hilary living at the Bedworth branch.

Patience, Bill, Thomas, Hilary

John Edward’s granddaughter Jane and his great-grandchildren, William, Edward and Charles, his wife Kate, Hayley, Honor and Jorj enhance our traditional family business by maintaining high standards with a clear vision for the future.

Kate

Honor, Jorj, Charles, Patience,
Thomas, Edward, Bill, William, Hilary

Hayley

Kate

Hayley

Honor, Jorj, Charles, Patience,
Thomas, Edward, Bill, William, Hilary