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Meet Mike

Here at Tester & Jones Funeral Services, our funeral arrangers are the ‘public face’ of the firm but we couldn’t be supporting families locally without our team ‘behind the scenes’ as well. One of those people is Mike Scarlett, who has been with us for two years and works alongside Glen.


Mike’s role is varied and includes helping with collecting deceased from care homes, hospices, private houses or hospital mortuaries. He also assists Glen in preparing coffins – adding linings, handles and nameplates. Occasionally, he will download music families have requested for a funeral service. On the day of the funeral, he might be the team member driving the hearse, or if required, our limousine.


“If I’m not driving a vehicle, then I might get sent ahead to the crematorium or funeral location to make sure it’s ready for the family – with orders of service or personal memorabilia needing to be put in place,” he says. “But, as with any small business, we all contribute to what needs doing. One day I might be washing and cleaning the vehicles and, the next, brushing leaves off our roof or raking the stones on the drive. Or I might be doing some washing-up in the kitchen. I really just enjoy being part of the team here.”


For Mike, joining us was a complete change in career.


“I started my career in the Royal Navy (veteran of the Falkland Islands conflict) before progressing onto IT work in the banking sector in London,” he says. “I decided I wanted a calmer pace of life and to work locally. I spent six months at Waitrose (Uckfield) before noticing a job advertised here and thought it sounded interesting and different.”


Mike says that ‘as a local guy’ he often sees people he knows at our funerals.


“If I can be there for somebody when they are having a tough day, then I think that’s a good thing,” he says. “It’s so obvious what a good reputation Tester & Jones has – just by visiting places during my working day, such as care homes, hospices or when I’m out socially.”


When he’s not at work, Mike enjoys helping out with his two granddaughters, playing golf and going out for walks with his wife and the family dog.








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