Former Bridlington funeral director dies, aged 82

Malcolm Kneeshaw

Malcolm Kneeshaw

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Former Bridlington funeral director Malcolm Kneeshaw has died aged 82 following a long illness.

After leaving Bridlington School and completing his National Service in The Royal Engineers, he took over the family business of F. Kneeshaw & Sons, on West Street, which was founded by his grandfather.

Malcolm was the first funeral director in the region to introduce modern embalming techniques and to operate a fleet of Daimler limousines.

He also reintroduced horse drawn funerals for those who required a more traditional cortege. During over 40 years in business, he helped many local families through their bereavement.

Malcolm had a strong Christian faith. For several years he was a local lay preacher and often used many imaginative visual aids to illustrate his sermons.

Perhaps the most notable was bringing a donkey into church one Palm Sunday.

In 1973 he set up the Bridlington branch of the Gideons International, which has provided New Testaments to secondary school pupils and placed Bibles in many hotels and residential homes in the town.

Following retirement and the death of his wife Diana, he became the National Chairman of The Tools and Trades History Society which aims to further the knowledge of hand tools and traditional trades.

A keen gardener, he won many prizes for the best kept business premises and opened his award winning private garden to the public on many occasions. He has a son, Jonathan, daughter-in-law Heather and grandson Nicholas.

Mr Kneeshaw’s funeral will take place next Thursday, June 20, at All Saints Church in Hunmanby.