Dean Brothers were originally wheelwrights and operated from Kenyons Lane, Formby, establishing in 1827. His son (WIlliam) 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, today as funeral directors, they hope to serve the community for many years to come. In the time since Peter has been company director the premises have been extended twice and considerably improved to provide a high level of professional service, incorporating computerisation of all filing and administration systems. 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 1994 Iain formed ‘ID design’ as a professionally qualified and trained graphic/web designer and digital photographer, offering a range of services from photo repairs to full brochure design, working from a small studio at the offices on Gores Lane.
Michael Dean, a cousin of Peter who lives in Australia formed a company shipping iron ore across Australia, in 1996.
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.
Dean Brothers remain, Formb’y only truly independent, family owned and run funeral services, now in their 7th generation and offering a high standard of service for every budget.