HOW IT BEGAN
The company was established in 1861 by Michael Coghlan and is currently run by Richard Coghlan, the fifth generation of the family. Daniel Coghlan, the sixth generation, has joined his father in the business and has begun his training.
M Coghlan Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors. The NAFD is the main trade association and they have a strict code of practice that its members have to abide by. We are also members of the National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).
We 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 we 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.
Frederick followed Michael into the business and then Charlie, who died in 1976. Richard joined the firm in 1976 to work with his father, John, having first trained with a large funeral directors in London. Richard studied and passed the Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) in 1980. In 1987 Geoff Collins married Julia, Richard’s sister and then joined the family firm, and later took his Diploma in Funeral Directing.
At about this time we ceased being carpenters and decorators, and concentrated on the funeral side of the business.
Sally Walton passed her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2004. Daniel Coghlan, the sixth generation, has joined his father in the business and passed his Diploma in Funeral Service in September 2015.
Richard has been in a very fortunate situation in attempting to make up the Coghlan family tree as 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 his Great Great Grandfather Michael set up a carpentry business in Portland Street in Fareham. The main business was established in 1861.
129 Forton Road, Gosport,
Hampshire, PO12 4TQ
Phone: 023 9258 0074
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