Co-op Funeralcare’s longest serving colleague says a final farewell

28 April 2017

Co-op Funeralcare’s longest serving colleague retires today after 69 years with the company.

John Hush joined Co-op back in 1948 when he was made responsible for repairing the wooden wheels of horse-drawn delivery carts. He has since stepped into the role of Funeral Director, taking care of Berwick’s bereaved families.

Having enjoyed a rich and varied career, John was the first to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for 60 years’ service to Co-op Funeralcare and was rewarded for his service to the community when he was named the first Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Berwick upon Tweed in April 2011.

Another career highlight came in the form of an invitation, when John was formally asked to attend one of the Queen’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. Guests of the famous Garden Parties are selected based on their outstanding service and John was delighted to attend as a result of his consistent contribution to the Berwick community.

Commenting on his retirement, John said:

"It’s been a privilege to work with so many great colleagues during my career with the Co-op. My 69 years with the company have been thoroughly enjoyed and it’s been great to become so involved with the community of Berwick and its surrounding areas.

"Having started out as a Joiner, Cabinet Maker and Wheelwright, I never expected to be ending my career as a Funeral Director. I’ll always look fondly at the many memories made throughout my career with Co-op Funeralcare."

Helen Chandler, Head of Operations for Co-op Funeralcare added:

“We’re all saddened to say goodbye to John after an outstanding 69 years with Co-op. Not only has he become a treasured member of the community, but he’s also become a valued Co-op colleague and we are extremely grateful for the continued loyalty he has shown since joining us back in 1948."

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