Howcrofts’ Funeral Services celebrate 100 years in Skipton
Tom had three sons, two of which Jack and Geoffrey joined him in the business. The company grew and began to diversify into house building and undertaking as well as joinery.
After his death, the two brothers took over the running of the business. Unfortunately, in 1958 the building caught fire and was burned to the ground. A new building was erected with the addition of a consecrated Chapel of Rest making it the most up to date Funeral Service in the district.
(Right to left – Geoffrey Howcroft, Roger Howcroft and Vicki Howcroft)
In time Roger (Jack’s eldest son) was invited to join the family business and passed his exams making him a qualified Funeral Director and Embalmer, as did his daughter Vicki Howcroft who now manages the business.
Vicki is supported by her loyal staff Philip Dicken, Nigel Lambert and Steve Thornthwaite who are also qualified Funeral Directors.
The newest member of the team is Roger’s grandchild Lucy Pickard who joined as an office administrator in 2013, but then qualified as funeral director passing her exams in 2023.
Meet The Team
Funeral Business within Skipton and surrounding areas.
Roger is 3rd generation of the Howcroft family and has now retired.
Vicki is 4th generation of the Howcroft family. She joined the business in 1994 and passed her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1995. Vicki is also a member of British Institute of Embalmers. Vicki took over management after Roger’s retirement and has run the family business ever since then.
Nigel was the first non family member to join the business as a Funeral Director in 1999. Nigel passed his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2000.
Philip initially joined the business in 1992 as a Funeral Operative but later went on to be a Funeral Director. He passed his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2002.
Steve joined Howcrofts’ in 2010 and passed his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2012.
Lucy is the fifth generation of the Howcroft family, she joined as office administrator in 2013 then went on to become a funeral director, qualifying in 2023.