Nicholas O’Hara DipFD, MBIFD, MBIE
Nicholas entered the funeral profession at 15 years old and by the age of 20 had gained diplomas in both Funeral Directing and Embalming. Nicholas started the business, along with his parents in 1974 and right from the beginning he established the ethos that we still adhere to today; an unwavering commitment to high standards and very personal levels of service afforded to every family we support. He believes wholeheartedly in the importance of making every funeral unique and special to the family and their loved one.
Son Anthony now manages the business day to day, however Nicholas remains very hands on, helping out in every department and involved in many of the funerals we undertake.
Nicholas is a keen football fan; he has sponsored local youth football leagues and Wimborne Town FC, where he was also Chairman and a Director for a number of years. Very much part of the Wimborne community, he also enjoys fishing, watching AFC Bournemouth with his son and grandson, cruise holidays and spending time with his family.
Anthony O’Hara DipFD, MBIFD
Anthony joined the family business in 1997. The following year Anthony gained his diploma in Funeral Directing and became a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directing (BIFD).
Anthony is now the Manager of both the funeral business and memorial business and is Head of Funeral Planning. He has served as the 2013/14 president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors.
The same year that Anthony joined the family business, he also became a father to daughter, Shannon and then again in 2000 to son Connor. His wife Jo also helps in the business. Anthony is a huge Liverpool FC fan and an AFC Bournemouth season ticket holder with his son and father. Up to the age of 17 Anthony spent time playing at the Reading FC youth academy.
Anthony’s other passions include skiing, mountain biking and helping his wife and daughter with their 3 horses.
Chris Antell DipFD
Chris joined the business in 1993 after growing up locally and working on his family farm and then owning his own haulage business. After the loss of his mother, Chris had the calling to change to a career in Funeral Directing and he gained his diploma in 1995. Chris has been a past-president of the Bournemouth Association of Funeral Directors.
Chris also discovered a passion for officiating at funerals where a family do not wish to have a minister and he takes a huge amount of personal care and preparation to make each person’s funeral service as special as possible.
Chris’ wife Bernie retired as donations clerk in 2011. They have 3 children. Chris is a keen follower of Southampton FC and attends church locally.
Philip Evans DipFD
Philip the son of a Church Minister showed a calling to the profession Funeral profession from a very young age and throughout his school life always wanted to become a Funeral Director. His first discussion with a Funeral Director about his ambition was with Nicholas’ father Pat when he visited him at Somerleigh Court, having first spoken to him following a Funeral he had attended.
On leaving school Philip was fortunate enough to start work experience with a Funeral Director, after which he was accepted on a full time basis. Having been trained in the various aspects of the profession he then became a Funeral Director in 1985. Philip has now worked within the funeral profession locally for over 30 years. He gained his diploma in Funeral Directing in 1991.
When we needed an additional Funeral Director to join the business in 2010, Philip’s vast local knowledge and experience made him the obvious choice. He joined the firm in October of that year.
Philip’s main hobbies outside of work include performing with Wimborne Musical Theatre.
Simon Kearley DipFD, MBIE
Simon joined Nicholas O’Hara Funeral Directors in 2011, bringing with him six years prior experience and diplomas in both Funeral Directing and Embalming.
Simon has many out of work interests and in April 2012 trekked to Mount Everest basecamp, which is the start of fulfilling a life time ambition.
Kerry Beale DipFD
Kerry is our first qualified lady Funeral Director. Having gained her diploma in 2009 and with over thirteen years’ experience in Funeral Directing, she joined our team in January 2013.
Kerry had a previous career in nursing which she feels has given her a good grounding and high standards for such a unique profession.
Chris Johnson DipFD
Chris is the newest member of our funeral directing team, joining us in March 2015. Chris has over six year’s local experience within the industry and gained his diploma in Funeral Directing in 2011.
Chris has recently become a father for the first time and he also enjoys running and playing football for a local Sunday team.
Alongside Jackie working in the main office in Wimborne are; Jackie’s daughter Natalie, and Jackie’s sister Julie.
Natalie joined her parents and brother in late 1997 and left only to become a mum to her children Harley and Hope and then returned now they are both at school. Her main skill is computer design and she has helped create many of the Orders of Service family’s use today, as well as working in the accounts section.
Julie also is in her second spell with the business, having started as the Donations Clerk she left to venture new roles including being bar manager at two local pubs. In 2007 she returned to take over when Natalie left to have children and her main roles are controlling the vast amounts of paperwork needed, from family letters to newspaper announcements, as well as working on the many Orders of Service required.
Working between our two other branches are Sue, Teresa and Pauline.
Sue is related to Jackie and has worked primarily at our Verwood office since 1999. She a friendly face many families come and speak to as they pass by.
Teresa has a background in nursing and has taken over the role as Donations Clerk alongside Pauline which runs from our West Moors office. Teresa has been with us since 2008.
Pauline is our newest office member having only joined in June 2011 but has worked within the funeral industry for many years, her uncle Jim actually helped train Nick when he first entered the profession.