Tributes have been paid to Funeral Partners Director of PreNeed Steve Coyle who has sadly passed away following a courageous and dignified battle with cancer.

Steve had been in remission following his original diagnosis in 2016 and fought the disease with strength and positivity when it returned to ensure he made as many memories as possible with his beloved wife and two teenage sons.

He passed away at the end of August, shortly after his 53rd birthday, at Thames Hospice surrounded by his family.

Steve was a paragon of professionalism, wholeheartedly committed to the continued success of Funeral Partners. His skill and dedication earned him a position as a Director, cementing his status as an indispensable and respected member of the Senior Management Team.

Chief Executive Sam Kershaw said: “Steve was incredibly dedicated to Funeral Partners and continued working throughout his treatment, with fierce commitment to driving through change and innovation, not only in the delivery of our PreNeed strategy for Choice Funeral Plans, but to the overall success of the Funeral Partners business.

“At this sad time our thoughts and prayers are not only with his wife and family, but also his many friends and colleagues within Funeral Partners and the wider industry.

“Steve was rightfully proud of his personal and professional achievements.

“A special thanks to Thames Hospice, Frimley Health Charity, The Royal Marsden and St George’s Hospital who have all played a huge role in caring for Steve and his family throughout his treatment – these organisations do amazing things every day to support the physical, social and emotional well-being of individuals and families impacted by cancer.

“Steve will leave a big gap in our team and our hearts and will be sorely missed by us all.”

Steve, who was a chartered accountant by trade, advanced his career working in organisations including HSBC Trust Group, Avon Cosmetics, Which Legal, Equini Group, and Lifetime Legal.

A family funeral service took place last week in Berkshire, conducted by Miles & Daughters Funeral Directors, it was a true celebration of Steve’s life.

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