The company have records dating back to 1881, when Richard’s Great Great Grandfather, Michael Coghlan, ran the business. The records show that in the early 1900’s they were general carpenters, but in those days most local carpenters also took care of the funerals, as they had the materials and expertise to make the coffins. Charlie Frederick Coghlan, (Richard’s Grandfather) the third generation, died in 1976. He knew Richard would be joining the business, as he was training at a large funeral directors in London. Richard joined his Father, John Coghlan in the family business in 1976, and later took the “Diploma in Funeral Directing” (Dip FD) In 1987 Geoff Collins, (who married Richard’s Sister, Julia Coghlan) also joined the family firm, and later took his “Diploma in Funeral Directing” At about this time they ceased being carpenters and decorators, and concentrated on the funeral side of the business.
Coghlan Family Tree
Richard has been in a very fortunate situation in attempting to make up the Coghlan family tree many of them lived locally. It would seem that the original John Coghlan was a prison officer on a ship carrying French prisoners. He originated from Southern Ireland bringing the prisoners to Southern England, and the ship had to seek shelter in the Solent during a wild storm. The prisoners were taken to Portchester Castle. From here my Great Great Grandfather Michael set up a carpentry business in Portland Street in Fareham. The main business was established in 1861.