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.