Skip to main content

Past & Present

Our family business has helped local families in making funeral arrangements for over 170 years.

Passed down through the generations Mason & Stokes continues to be owned and run by the Mason family.

Stokes Funeral Service was established in the Cotswolds in 1853 by Thomas Stokes. The business was passed down through the Stokes family, Eric Stokes took over the reigns of the family business in 1946, on leaving the army.

In the 1950s David Mason, then a car mechanic in his 20s, began to help Eric by driving the hearse. David continued helping out at Stokes Funeral Service whilst establishing his own garage business; Dave Mason’s Motors. In the 1970s Stokes Funeral Service moved to the High Street. The funeral firm continued to grow, as did David’s involvement with the funeral business. Having never married or had children of his own, Eric came to think of David and his children as family. Eric and David were joined by David’s son Richard in 1984. Eric decided to take more of a backseat and the Masons became his natural successors.

Mason & Stokes

The Past

By 1987 the business had outgrown its premises in the lower High Street. With David Mason at the helm, the business, now known as Mason & Stokes Funeral Service, moved to its current location at Tudor Lodge, 54 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham.

David’s daughter Joy came to work at Mason & Stokes in 1990, starting out part-time in the office. Joy is now a partner in the firm and manages the office.

David handed over the running of Mason & Stokes to Richard and Joy but continued to be a crucial part of the business until he passed away in 2014.

Richard and Joy continued to run the business keeping their father’s family values and business ethos whilst moving with the times. The brother and sister team successfully guided the business and supported the team through the following years and the difficult times during the pandemic. Richard sadly passed away in 2022 following a short illness.

In loving memory