A brief history of Grady's

1891Grady's was founded by James Grady as a hire business with 2 donkeys and a wagonette. Landaus and horses were to follow and a journey into Havant cost just 2/6d or 12 pence. George, grandson of James, became the 3rd generation to carry on the tradition and he expanded to 8 landaus and 2 broughams.
1916George was de-mobbed minus one lung, and went back to the hire business which now boasted 6 cars. He and his father carried on, and were the first people to own a motor hearse – a rarity in those days.
1928George married Margaret, and the following year their son Gordon was born. Gordon was to join the generations of Grady's in the family business.
1957Gordon married Rene Maunder (a Hayling girl) and they went on to have two daughters: Jane and Sarah.
1976George passed away.
1979Margaret passed away. Gordon and Rene continued to run the family business.
1988Jane joined as fifth generation; becoming one of the only lady funeral directors to conduct funerals.
2001Rene became ill and started to take a less active role.
2003Janes husband Peter joined as partner, having worked when needed in the business part-time for many years.
2004Jonathan, Jane and Peter's youngest son, becomes the sixth generation to join the company.
2006Gordon's granddaughter Lucy joined the business. Now three generations working together.
2008Gordon passed away leaving the new era of younger family members to continue in the way he would have wanted.
2009Graham, Lucy's partner, joined the business, making it a truly family concern.
2014Redesigned & extended garden chapel which can now hold funeral services up to 50 people.
2017Memorial Room was opened.