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Family values

Frederick Charles Douch founded our family company in Wimborne in 1910. Frederick’s eldest son, Jack, joined the family business in 1935, aged 14. The business is overseen today by Jack’s son, Peter and grandson, Nick.

Strong relationships

Over the years, the Douch family has developed strong relationships with other family funeral directors in Dorset. We think there’s something special about family-led businesses – they offer a warmth and stability you don’t always find elsewhere.

That’s why we love to bring family businesses into the FC Douch fold, making sure we continue each family’s unique traditions. This means you get the benefit of decades of local experience and a heritage of excellence, when you need it most.

The expanding FC Douch family

A E Jolliffe & Son

The Douch and Jolliffe families have a long history together. Jack Douch and Albert (Bert) Jolliffe were both drafted to serve in the Second World War together. When Bert retired early, Jack took over his friend’s family business for him.

James Smith

Jack developed a similar friendship with Ken Smith of Funeral Directors in Swanage. When Ken Smith retired in the late 1960’s Jack took over the family business.

Albert Marsh

In 1999 Albert Marsh of Wareham & Upton joined the FC Douch fold. Jonathan Stretch, the current manager, is the great nephew of Albert Marsh.

Lesley Shand

In 2000 when Lesley Shand retired, we took over the business but left it in the capable hands of the current staff including manager Shane Watson, who were all trained by Lesley Shand.

Ives & Shand

In 2006 Anthony Ives of Anthony Ives Funeral Directors retired. Our close bonds with Tony and Lesley Shand enabled the business to continue as Ives & Shand

Douch & Small

In 2010 the third generation of Smalls of Wimborne, Martin Small, retired. We preserved the Small family heritage and combined it with the Douch name.