Michael Wilton has been part of the profession since he began working aged 14 at his family business in Tuckton, the Brian Wilton Funeral Home, which has since been sold.
The Douch and Wilton families have known each other for generations. Michael said: ‘After leaving my family business I really wanted to work in a similar environment because the ethos is one I had been brought up with.
‘Having known the Douch family for many years I was aware of the fantastic service they offer and the great reputation they have.
‘A E Jolliffe & Son is a very well-known business in Ferndown – everybody knows us and managing the branch is a great responsibility but something I am very much enjoying.’
Nick Douch, managing director of Douch Family Funeral Directors, said: ‘We are delighted to have recruited Michael to manage A E Jolliffe & Son.
‘Our families have known each other for a long time and having worked for a family company Michael knows what is required in terms of service and attention to detail.
‘He has fitted straight into the role and along with the other staff members will strengthen our reputation.’