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Richard Steel & Partners are proud to be the only Family Owned Funeral Directors in Winchester continuing four generations of vocational service to the local community, since 1860.
Richard, Iain and Mark are ably assisted by qualified Funeral Directors John Barton-Rumbold, Chelsea Duke and David Westbrook, backed by a highly dedicated team who are proud to continue the family's tradition with the emphasis on personal family care.

John Steel

John Steel was indentured to Frederick Savage, the local builder and undertaker, for the princely sum of one shilling per week, rising to five shillings per week after five years. He was joined by his nephew, Stanley Steel in 1921. Stanley served on Winchester City Council for over 25 years, twice having the honour of being elected Mayor; our premises in City Road are named Alderman House in his memory.

Marjorie & Stanley Steel

Richard Steel BEM joined his father in 1962. A keen sportsman and singer. He is Chairman of the Trustees of St. Johns Winchester Charity, Chairman of the Winchester Working Men's Housing Society, Past President of Winchester Operatic Society and St John Ambulance and a Patron of the Theatre Royal. 2012 saw Richard celebrate his 50th year with the family firm. In 2015 he was delighted to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the local community and charity in Winchester.

Richard's son, Iain Steel became the fourth generation to join the firm in 1988. Iain is a keen singer and actor, having appeared in several local societies. He is European Group Secretary for Selected Independent Funeral Homes, President of Winchester St John Ambulance and Vice Chair of the Board of Theatre Royal Winchester and was an Examiner for the National Association of Funeral Directors for 17 years.

Iain, Richard & Mark

Mark Allery joined Richard and Iain as a Director of Richard Steel & Partners, having worked with them for over 16 years as a qualified Funeral Director following a senior management career in the retail sector.