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Embalmer clocks up 20 years’ service

An embalmer from Gateshead is celebrating 20 years of serving his local community.

Fifty-seven-year-old Joe Howe joined the Co-operative Funeralcare in South Shields as a trainee funeral director in 1992.

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During his spell in South Shields, Joe gained his NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing before transferring to the Gateshead funeral home.

In 1997 he qualified as a member of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and worked as both a funeral director and embalmer until 2006, when he was appointed to his current position of regional embalmer for South Shields, Gateshead and Sunderland.

Speaking of his milestone Joe said: “I have loved every minute of my career with the Co-operative Funeralcare.

“I enjoy helping families through distressing times in their lives and I have made so many good friends. I hope to be able to stay in my current role until my retirement.”

Image: The Co-operative Funeralcare’s regional manager Alan Williamson and Joe Howe (left).

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