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Clem Duquemin

Clem Duquemin

Proprietor

Clem Duquemin the Proprietor of Beckford's started his training with S.A. Pedley Funeral Directors in West Yorkshire whilst an evacuee during the war. He has a lifetime experience within the field of undertaking.

After World War II when Guernsey was liberated from the Nazi Occupation Clem returned from Yorkshire and continued his undertaking business within the Island alongside his carpentry business. Later he branched out into the growing industry, growing crops of daffodils, tomatoes and later freesias. He also held the position of Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 36 years.

Clem merged his company with Beckford's on the retirement of Mrs Bertha Way in 1983, who was at that time the Proprietor of Beckford's.  Clem later retired from his carpentry and growing business to concentrate solely on funeral directing.

Although Clem has retired from funeral directing he is still actively interested in Beckford's and his advice and experience is certainly still respected.

Philip Duquemin FCA

Philip Duquemin FCA

Chairman

Philip Duquemin is the son of Proprietor Clem Duquemin. Philip is a chartered accountant by profession. He worked for KPMG in Guernsey and South Africa. He joined Nashua International (later to become NRG) in Guernsey where he was regional financial director for the international subsidiary operations before becoming managing director of NRG International in 1995 and later board member of Gestetner Holdings PLC. The NRG International operation was responsible for the European, Middle East and Africa distributor operations of Ricoh Group with offices in Guernsey, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and Dubai. NRG International became one of the most successful Ricoh companies in the group. Philip left the Group in 2007.

Philip now provides consultancy services as well as being chairman of a few local companies including Resolution IT Ltd an IT services company. He is also a member of St Saviour’s Douzaine and is volunteer managing director at St Saviour’s Community Centre.

Jane Duquemin

Jane Duquemin

Managing Director and Funeral Director

Jane Duquemin is the daughter of Proprietor Clem Duquemin and has always had a background interest in the funeral business.

After many years working within the Finance Industry and as a Legal Secretary she took time off to raise her three children. Since 2001 she took a more active role within Beckford’s as Managing Director and Funeral Director.

Jane feels that it is one of the most rewarding occupations and being able to help a family through a difficult time gives an enormous amount of satisfaction. Jane says “Death is a natural part of the life cycle and it is a privilege being able to offer a sensitive, sympathetic and above all professional service for people in a time of need.”

Jane is also able to advise on all aspects of providing a lasting memorial including not falling foul of local cemetery rules and regulations.  She can also arrange renovations and alterations to existing memorials.

Andy Mahy

Andy Mahy

Funeral Director

Andy Mahy joined the Company in 2009 after seeking a change in career. He has gained experience in dealing with the public whilst running his own business.

Andy conducts himself in a professional and compassionate manner whilst being sensitive to the needs of others which has been beneficial in his role as Funeral Director. He is always willing to go the extra mile in minimising the stress and anxiety of the bereaved and ensuring that their wishes and that of the deceased are respected in the conduct of the funeral.

Geoff Savident

Geoff Savident

Funeral Director

Geoff has worked for Beckford’s since 2011 both as a pall bearer and assisting in the organisation of funerals. He has recently undertaken the role of Funeral Director showing care and compassion.  

He takes pride in ensuring the vehicles are spotless and reflect the image of care and attention to detail which Beckford’s takes so seriously.

Paula Ettesse-Wilson

Paula Ettesse-Wilson

Funeral Coordinator and Office Administrator

Beckford’s Funeral Coordinator and Office Administrator is Paula Ettesse-Wilson. Paula previously worked with the Guernsey Blind Association and also in the finance industry before joining Beckford’s.

Paula gets involved with many aspects of Beckford's work.

She has a very compassionate, caring nature, offering a sympathetic approach, which is apparent as the first point of contact in her capacity as telephonist and receptionist. Her duties also include support, administration and accounts which she handles with care and efficiency.

Tim Drewitt

Tim Drewitt

Hearse Driver/Pall Bearer

Tim is responsible for driving the Mercedes 250D hearse. Tim has been involved with Beckford's since 2009 originally starting as a bearer. He is also responsible for the grounds including garden area of Beckford's ensuring that the garden is a lovely and relaxed environment for families visiting Beckford’s funeral home.