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Before Stuart left school, his ambition and passion was to become a Funeral Director.

On leaving school, he obtained an apprenticeship with John Smurthwaite and Son Funeral Directors in Neville Street, Durham, under the personal supervision of John Smurthwaite Senior, Stuart became the funeral director he is today. After the business was sold in 1988 to a conglomerate, John Smurthwaite Senior sadly passed away in 1992. Stuart Wright Funeral Service Ltd was formed in the same year.

Timeline of our premises


Opening of Front Street, Langley Park office.


Opening of Marshall Terrace, Gilesgate office.


Opening of Front Street, Pelton office.


Gilesgate premises moved from Marshall Terrace to Sunderland Road, creating the Head Office.


Opening of Abbey Road, Pity Me office.

All premises and equipment are state of the art and provide beautiful surroundings for both the client and their loved ones. In 2022, Stuart Wright Funeral Service Ltd became 30 years old, serving many communities of the North East.