Dean Brothers were originally wheelwrights and operated from Kenyons Lane, Formby, near Liverpool in England, establishing in 1827.
WIlliam Dean moved to Gores Lane trading as builders and funeral directors in what was then a small village community. Williams’ nephew (Ellis) pursued a career in farming which was then situated at Deansgate Lane North, Formby.
William’s son, William Ellis (b 1912) continued with the company, daughter Elizabeth taking over during the war years.
Williams’ sons (Ellis and William (and William’s wife Elizabeth) formed Dean Brothers in 1946 registering the company as Dean Brothers (Formby) Ltd, believed to be one of the first limited companies, registered in the area.
Williams’ son Peter, along with his wife Joyce continue from the premises of his forefathers, they have served the community for many years. In the time that Peter has been a Company Director and now Chairman the premises have been extended twice and considerably improved to provide a high level of professional service. Additional improvements have been incorporating computerisation of all filing and administration systems in the 80’s and 90’s. Peter and Joyce have also employed daughter Sharon, son Iain and daughter Samantha who all play vital roles in the maintaining of Dean Brothers’ professionalism.
In 1997 the premises on Gores Lane were overhauled and revamped, extended by local builders Wignall & Son enabling Dean Brothers to improve all of their facilities, chapels and offices.
In 2006 Iain authored a web driven application for internal funeral use, enabling all funeral operatives access to their secure intranet of funeral prices and information, removing the need for vast amounts of internal paperwork and multiple copies of that paperwork. These now run on iPads and all administrations and calenders are web based using cloud software.
Iain, the current Managing Director, has been since 2009 and has, with Sharon and Samantha, implemented more IT based systems and the first brand new fleet, in 2011. This ensures that families receive the highest level of care from start to finish. 2019 will see extensive building work and improvement with plans for a future office in Southport.
Dean Brothers remain one of the areas only independent family run funeral services with full facilities in Formby, providing personal caring services to Formby, Southport, Crosby and surrounding areas.