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The business, Grassby & Sons, was founded in Dorchester by Benjamin Grassby, who moved to Dorset from Lincolnshire in 1861. Benjamin, a stone carver, was responsible for a lot of the stone carving in many Dorset churches during the Gothic revival of the late 19th Century.

The family stonemasonry business continued down through the generations of the Grassby family, and in 1970, Clinton Grassby opened Grassby Funeral Service in Princes Street, Dorchester.

The business continues to be run by his sons, David and Peter, the fifth generation of the Grassby family, maintaining a reputation for the highest standards of service throughout Dorchester and the surrounding area.

David joined the business in 1983 after a career in teaching and Peter followed in 1987 after working in London at Barclays International.

Peter and David have direct responsibility for all funerals and are ably assisted by funeral director Andrew Fooks, who has been with the Company since 1988 and has achieved full qualifications in the Diploma of Funeral Directing.

David's son, Nick, joined the business in 2017, following a career as a solicitor, and is working at the Dorchester Office.

William, Peter's son, joined the Stonemasonry Department of the business in 2016, where he is learning all aspects of memorial masonry and letter carving.

The business has four other funeral branches in Dorset which are located in Weymouth, Wyke Regis, Blandford Forum and Sturminster Newton. There are also two branches in East Devon, located in Sidmouth and Seaton.

Our other funeral services:

Rose Funeral Service serving Weymouth, Portland and surrounding areas
Grassby & Stockting Funeral Service serving Weymouth, Portland and surrounding areas
Colin J. Close Funeral Service serving Blandford and surrounding areas
Grassby & Close Funeral Service serving Sturminster Newton and North Dorset
Potbury's Funeral Service serving Sidmouth and throughout East Devon
Hansfords Funeral Service serving Beer, Seaton and throughout East Devon

The Memorial Masonry office and showroom is located in 16 Princes St, Dorchester which is supported by the masonry works at Grassby Stonemasons, located just outside Dorchester in the village of Grimstone.

In addition the business has a Memorial masonry branch, Norton Memorials in Axminster, Devon.

  Grassby Funeral Service

Grassby Funeral Service
8 Princes Street
01305 262338 (24 hour service)

Office in Princes Street, Dorchester

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