About Us

    About John Gray & Co Funeral Directors

    John Gray & Co Funeral Directors has been serving the community of Bangor for over 50 years and was established in Central Avenue in 1961. Today, caring for people is still at the heart of what we do at John Gray and Co Funeral Directors and we continue to provide truly professional and caring funeral services to the local community and surrounding areas of Northern Ireland. 

    The teams at our Bangor, Holywood and Newtownards funeral homes provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. We have our own service venue on-site and are served by Roselawn Cemetery and Crematorium. Want to know what to expect when visiting the funeral home? Take a virtual tour of our Holywood funeral home.

    Here at John Gray & Co Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please visit us at any of our funeral homes in Bangor, Holywood or Newtownards, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

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    We are members of the National Association of Funeral Directors and the Irish Association of Funeral Directors

    Meet the Team

    Mike Smith

    Funeral Director

    Police Officer with Grampian Police, based in Aberdeen. Mike enjoys the interaction with families; gives him great satisfaction to help them on their bereavement journey enabling them to arrange the appropriate funeral for their loved ones. He most enjoys when he can arrange, then conduct the funeral, giving everyone that sense of continuity. Mike is one of that band of people who enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest. To date he has attended 12 contests which enables him to follow another interest he has in travelling to new countries, meeting new people, new food and embracing new cultures.

    In addition to an interest in Eurovision Song Contest, Mike also indulges himself in Genealogy, having traced family connections back to the year 1100AD. He loves to travel, and photography. He is also developing an interest in Astronomy and has recently been introduced to Bowling (must be getting old!)

    Around 1999/2000 Mike completed a Certificate in Funeral Management course through the Co-op College at Loughborough; he came 2nd out of a class of 40 and was awarded an engraved Rose-Bowl. In 2012/2014 Mike obtained a Certificate in Funeral Practice awarded by the Irish Association of Funeral Directors and received a Galway crystal engraved plate for Outstanding Achievement for being the first student to achieve 100% in all 8 modules of the course. In 2011 the Bangor Branch of John Gray & Co was awarded Community Activity of the Year for fundraising efforts for a local Church building fund.

    David Cowling

    Funeral Director

    David has worked for Funeral Partners since 2013 and has 17 years experience in the Funeral Industry as a Funeral Director.

    He previously worked as a Household Cavalry for 16 years followed by 10 years in retail management.

    When asked what he enjoyed most about his job David said: “the privileged position I hold and the interaction with bereaved families, job satisfaction and the community connection”.

    David maintains high standards and quality service with empathy and personal care.

    He is also a Sub Aqua dive leader and loves the sea and swims 3 times a week.

    David has a Diploma in Funeral Directing and a Diploma from the National Examining Board in Supervisory Management.

    Caroline Grierson

    Funeral Arranger

    Caroline has been a carer for many years, previously a swimming teacher and working in a first responder role for the ambulance service.

    Caroline said she enjoys most about her role “Helping families give their last acts of love to their loved ones. It is an honour to be able to help them. I also enjoy the community development side of my role, building strong links locally and supporting local initiatives”.

    She is a mum to two teenage boys. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys open water swimming, however, less and less as she gets older and the Irish sea seems to get colder.

    Sandra Williamson

    Funeral Arranger

    Sandra finds her job very rewarding. “It is an honour and a privilege to look after the arrangements of someone’s final journey”.
    When Sandra was at school she placed third In Northern Ireland twice in 70m hurdles and was presented with medals by Mary Peters.
    She has been a treasurer for a pre-school playgroup in Newtownards for 17 years since her eldest daughter started there. “It was only supposed to be for a couple of years”!
    She enjoys going to the gym, cooking, watching Formula 1 and travelling, especially to the United States. Sandra has an NVQ in Funeral Arranging & Administration and also hold an honours degree in Management and Business Studies.

    Barbara Wilson

    Branch Manager

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 02891271148 visit branch or arrange a home visit