Co-op Funeral Director retires after nearly 40 years of service in Northamptonshire

A Central England Co-operative Funeralcare colleague who has been helping families say goodbye to their loved ones for nearly 40 years has decided to retire.
Andrew Maycock has been a fixture at the Society in Corby and Kettering since taking up his first role in the late 1970s.

Now, nearly 40 years later, his retirement is also a double celebration – his last day in work is also his 59th birthday.

He said: “I have loved every single minute of this job. It has always been about helping and supporting families at a difficult time.
“I love the job, love helping families and love being able to put them first. I am proud that I have been the person that is honoured with ensuring loved ones get the final send-off that they deserve.

“I have loved every minute, worked with some great colleagues and have always been grateful to have been able to help families in their time of need.”

Andrew first started working for the Society in 1977 and, bar a short break, has worked in the Corby and Kettering areas for nearly 40 years.

He started out as a Funeral Services Assistant and quickly progressed to the role of Funeral Director in 1983. He retires having most recently overseen the Funeral Home, in Darley Dale Road, Corby.

Barry Currall, Senior Funeral Director, said: “Andrew is an amazing character that everyone loves to be around.

“He was always the person you turned to when you needed to ask a question as he had so much experience and was always on hand with advice.

“He will be missed by all of us but we all hope that he really enjoys his retirement.”

Andrew will be replaced in his role by Martyn Sanders who takes up the role of Funeral Director at Corby Funeral Home in 2019.

Martyn said: “I am delighted to take on the role of serving the community in Corby and helping families say goodbye to their loved ones.”

Andrew added: “I am delighted that Martyn is taking on the role as he is someone I have enjoyed working with and help develop. He will do a fantastic job of ensuring families get all the help and support they need.”

The funeral home offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, Martyn and his team are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice.  The team can be contacted on 01536 203076.


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Picture caption: Andrew Maycock with Central England Co-op colleagues Kevin Rowlett and Ollie Jones.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, nine florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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