ONE OF the region’s leading independent funeral directors, which has offices in Northfield, Rubery and Cotteridge, has appointed a new general manager.
Rob Barr, who has taken up the role at Mortons, has worked in the funeral profession since leaving school at 16.
The 44-year-old was recently the manager of Manchester Crematorium.
At Mortons, he will work with Derek, Sarah and the management team to continue to develop the business which was established more than 120 years ago.
Rob said: “The attraction to move to the West Midlands was great, particularly to work in such a long-established independent family firm with such an outstanding reputation.
“The welcome from people has been warm and friendly and my family have been quick to settle here. I am looking forward to helping the team here to continue to deliver excellence, professionalism, respect and care in all we do.”
Rob now lives locally with his family.
His own life was hit by tragedy in 2016 when his wife, Bev, died suddenly aged just 39.
Though obviously devastated at the time, Rob insists what he went through made him a stronger – and better – person.
“Bev’s death completely put life in perspective for me.
“Though it hit me very hard, I am also a pragmatic person at heart and it changed my approach to life and my appreciation of it.
“I no longer worry about things to the extent that I used to, and given my calling in life as a funeral director I can put my hand on my heart when I speak to families who have lost loved ones and tell them I know precisely what they are going through.”
Rob entered the funeral profession straight from school and worked his way up to become the manager of several Co-op offices in and around the Manchester suburb of Chorlton, before moving to Manchester Crematorium.
Sarah Case, managing director at Mortons, said: “Rob’s personality, professionalism and experience made him the stand-out person to fill this role and it’s a pleasure to welcome him as an integral part of such a great team.”
Outside of work, Rob is a keen follower of football and of his beloved Stockport County FC.