About us ~ History

J E Hackett & Sons
A family run Funeral Directors

J E Hackett & Sons opens in Coventry

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 in Longford and the surrounding areas including our funeral home in Coventry.

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).

Supporting the community through war

Eva, Jack, and Bill helped their father with the funeral business. During the Second World War 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 female Funeral Directors in Coventry and devoted her entire life to J E Hackett & Sons - it was her dedication during the war and in the aftermath of the Coventry Blitz that ensured we continued to serve the community well.

Opening a Bedworth branch

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.

As the family and business grew Eva, Bill and Jack recognised the need to open a funeral home in Bedworth. Jack and his wife Ethel established a branch office at 93 Leicester Road Bedworth in 1953.

This was home to Jack and Ethel’s six children, Ann, John (who sadly died aged 19) William (Bill Jnr), Janice, Elaine and Hugh (Thomas).

Refurbishing and extending our Longford office

Our founder John Edward Hackett originally built and lived at the office in Longford. After eight decades we extensively extended and refurbished it in 2010.

We held a dedicated service to celebrate with 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.

The future of J E Hackett & Sons

John Edward’s grandsons William (Bill Jnr) and Hugh (Thomas) carry on the family business today alongside their wives Patience and Hilary.

Bill and Patience live and work in the Coventry branch, while Thomas and Hillary do the same in Bedworth.

We are committed to enhancing our traditional family business by maintaining high standards with a clear vision for the future.

John Edward’s granddaughter Jane and his great-grandchildren, William, Edward and Charles, his wife Kate, Hayley, Honor, and Jorj continue the tradition of our family caring for yours.

Our funeral services line is 24/7

(024) 7636 7149