Our Team offers over 135 years of experience in funeral services………
Nick Armstrong - Proprietor
Nick started Armstrongs in 1997 after working for some of the bigger companies and becoming disillusioned with some of the practices and procedures. Nick is the main funeral director and main out of hours contact for families. He lives in Banham with wife Davina, daughter Florence and Bob Dog!
A keen traveller he is also into Diving, Kitesurfing and is also a qualified Paraglider and paramotor pilot.
Davina Armstrong - Director
Davina joined Armstrongs in 2012. She is the main point of contact for
Pre-Payment Plans and funeral pre-planning and has received the Funeral Planner of the Year Award 2018, and a nomination for 2019.
Davina also manages the business with her husband Nick, and the help of daughter Florence & office dog Bob!.
Oliver Coote – Manager
I was first introduced to the Funeral profession in 1993 as a work experience student and quickly realised it was a unique and rewarding career path.
I have 24 years experience within the profession and am now delighted to join Nick and his team as their senior Funeral Director (promoted to manager Nov 2020) and continue to serve the local community.
I live locally in Bury St Edmunds with my partner Hayley & new daughter Georgia.
In my spare time I enjoy holidays in the Channel Islands in particular Guernsey, walking and Freemasonry. In 2015 Oliver personally received the Bury Free Press customer care award.
Lewis Dunnett - Funeral Director
Lewis from a young age quickly realised early on what a rewarding job the funeral industry is and now has 8 years experience, after working for
another funeral company he joined Armstrong’s in 2020.
He lives in Wetheringsett with his wife Lauryn and son Elias.
In his spare time he enjoys kickboxing and trying to keep Elias entertained!
Fiona – Funeral Arranger
Fiona moved from Leicestershire to East Anglia in 2014 joining Armstrongs shortly after. Starting with us as a Receptionist she then progressed to becoming a full time Funeral Arranger.
She enjoys travelling, supporting Leicester Tigers and walking her two dogs.
Claire – Receptionist
Claire joined Armstrongs in Jan 2022, having spent the last 16 years working
within the care sector. Claire’s passion has always been to help & support
during times of need.
Married with 2 children Claire enjoys spending time with the family and
Ian – Conductor & Bearer
Ian joined the company in 1999 and has just celebrated 20 years at Armstrongs. He can often be seen conducting funerals as well as being our main Hearse Driver and out of hours Call Manager.
A keen Newcastle supporter he also enjoys travel and being involved in Freemasonry.
Kevin - Driver/Bearer
Kevin has worked in the funeral industry for over 20 years. Starting out at a crematorium in Norwich where he worked for over 18 years before moving to a Funeral Directors. Hobbies include running and supporting Norwich City F.C.
Kevin lives in Long Stratton with his wife, daughter, 2 step daughters and his chocolate Lab. Kevin also has A levels in Horticulture and is a qualified Crematorium Technician.
James - Driver/ Bearer
James is new to the funeral industry, and joined the Armstrongs team in September 2021, Originally an Essex boy from Colchester, James moved to Bury St Edmunds with his
girlfriend in 2019.
James has previously worked in the building trade and in the care industry, but loves
his new job as a Driver/Bearer.
James enjoys spending time with family, socialising with friends, food, caravanning, food, holidays abroad occasionally going to the gym and more food!!!
Darren - Conductor & Bearer
Darren, has over 23 years experience working within the funeral industry. He joined Armstrong’s in 2017. After working for a large corporate company he wanted to work in an independent business that offers a more personal service. Darren has lived in Bury St Edmunds all his life.
A married father of four who enjoys watching football, walking his two English Bulldogs Bentley and Bluebell and has a keen interest in Marine fishkeeping.
Neil - Driver/Bearer
Neil has been in the funeral profession for 20 years and has worked with us since 2017. A Driver/Bearer he is also often responsible for bringing people into our care on evenings and weekends.
Neil has a smallholding and “enjoys” supporting Ipswich Town F.C.
John - Funeral Celebrant
Having found this profession when joining Armstrongs, firstly as a Driver/Bearer, then progressing to conducting funerals, John has said that for the first time in a long working life, this company is where he feels he can contribute most in supporting families.
Believing in what can be achieved in helping families, he has now qualified as a Funeral Celebrant and works exclusively for Armstrongs. With his family & dog Alfie, he relaxes with long early morning walks in a beautiful part of Norfolk.
Find out more at www.suffolkcivilcelebrant.co.uk
Bob - The office dog
To call Bob simply the “office dog” would be doing him a massive disservice. He is often asked for by families to sit in on arrangements where he brings a calming influence to the room. Bob was even asked to walk alongside the procession of a gentleman who had always had cairn terriers (thanks Lynn). He even received his very own thank
Great with children he is a helpful distraction for them when they come into the office.
Bob can mostly be found sleeping upstairs in the admin office with the girls!