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Meet the Team:
Welcome to the heart of our operation – the dedicated individuals who form the backbone of our funeral service team. Committed to compassion, professionalism, and excellence, our team boasts over 40 years of combined experience in providing exemplary care during the most delicate moments in life.
Each member, not only a skilled professional but also a compassionate soul, brings a unique set of skills and a genuine understanding of the profound significance of their role. We take pride in the fact that our team extends beyond the professional realm, transcending into a familial connection. Our bonds go beyond the workplace, encompassing a shared commitment to supporting one another, just as we support the families we serve.
As we navigate the intricacies of funeral service, our collective experience serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication to ensuring that each family receives the utmost care and respect during their time of need. With a wealth of knowledge and a shared sense of purpose, our team stands ready to guide you through these challenging moments, providing solace, support, and a touch of warmth in your time of grief.
Christopher Rounce BA (Hons)
Position: Managing Director & Senior Funeral Director, Rounce Funeral Services
Tenure: Over 20 Years (Since 2004)
As the co-founder of Rounce Funeral Services in Worthing, Christopher Rounce epitomizes compassionate leadership. Established in 2004 with his late father, Graham Rounce, this multi award-winning independent family funeral director ensures your loved ones receive unparalleled care with dignity. With a degree in Sociology, Christopher combines academic understanding with practical empathy.
Beyond his professional commitment, Christopher finds solace in dancing, promoting mental well-being amid the challenges of his role. A seasoned traveller, he spent six months in India during a sabbatical. Christopher's love for horse riding extends to the family tradition in Wales, spanning over a decade.
An enthusiast for watching road racing motorcycles, he personally witnessed the thrill of the Isle of Man TT course. Christopher's passion for snooker, inherited from his father, includes attending the World Championship Snooker several times in Sheffield with his brother, Jonathan Rounce.
Living near the Worthing seafront with partner Caroline, Christopher draws inspiration from personal experiences, working with his family and dearly missing his father.
Described as empathetic, person-centred, calm, honest, trustworthy, and with a good sense of humour, Christopher's attention to detail ensures every aspect of his role is carried out with the utmost care and dedication.
Position: Director & Manager, Rounce Funeral Services
Tenure: Over 9 Years (Since 2015)
Meet Jan Rounce, the heart and soul behind the seamless operations of Rounce Funeral Services. As the dedicated Manager, Jan has been an integral part of the firm for over nine years, since 2015. She brings with her a wealth of experience, expertise, and a personal touch that makes her an indispensable leader in our close-knit family.
Jan's journey in the professional world began with a unique and forward-thinking high school experience where exams were considered optional. This early exposure to innovative education set the tone for her future endeavors. Jan's diverse interests led her to explore unconventional subjects such as sailing, fencing, and dancing, reflecting her adventurous spirit.
In her educational pursuits, Jan didn't shy away from embracing a variety of disciplines. She worked in all aspects of nursing, showcasing her commitment to holistic well-being. Her specialization in mental health demonstrated a compassionate understanding of individuals' unique needs and challenges.
Role at Rounce Funeral Services:
Since joining Rounce Funeral Services, Jan has played a pivotal role in the company's success. As the Manager, she oversees every aspect of the business and everyone within it, ensuring that the team operates with the utmost professionalism, empathy, and efficiency. Her leadership has been instrumental in maintaining the high standards that Rounce Funeral Services is known for.
Jan is not just an employee; she is a proud mother to the owners, Christopher Rounce and Jonathan Rounce. Her initial involvement with the company was driven by her desire to support her sons in their entrepreneurial journey. Over the years, she has become an integral part of the Rounce Funeral Services family, contributing her skills, experience, and unwavering dedication.
Having thoroughly enjoyed her time working with the firm, Jan is now eagerly anticipating her well-deserved retirement. Her contributions have left an indelible mark on Rounce Funeral Services, and her legacy will continue to resonate within the team.
Jan Rounce exemplifies the values of Rounce Funeral Services – compassion, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence. Her journey from a diverse educational background to a managerial role within the family business is a testament to her versatility and dedication. As she looks forward to the next chapter in life, the entire Rounce Funeral Services team expresses gratitude for her years of service and wishes her a joyous and fulfilling retirement.
Position: Director, Rounce Funeral Services
Tenure: Over 5 Years (Since 2019)
Meet Jon Rounce, our esteemed Director and Co-owner of the family firm. Joining our team in 2019, Jon brought with him a wealth of experience in successfully refurbishing and trading houses, showcasing his keen business acumen. In his role, Jon takes on the significant responsibility of orchestrating funerals with families, ensuring each service is a personalized and respectful reflection of their loved ones.
One of Jon's distinctive qualities is his genuine interest in the personal stories of families. He finds particular joy in hearing the tales of the past, with a special fascination for the wartime era, the Battle of Britain, and the iconic Spitfires. Engaging with families on a deeper level, Jon adds a personal touch to the funeral arrangements by weaving in these unique and cherished narratives.
Beyond his role in funeral arrangements, Jon handles all estimated and final accounts for our valued customers. His meticulous attention to detail ensures transparency and clarity during a sensitive time. Simultaneously, he directs the strategic aims of the firm, contributing to its growth and commitment to exceptional service.
In his spare time, Jon immerses himself in the world of art. His love for impressionism and gritty northern art, characterized by industrial landscapes and chimneys, reflects his appreciation for diverse artistic expressions. Jon's social nature extends beyond the workplace, as he enjoys connecting with customers and sharing meaningful conversations.
Jon Rounce is more than a Director; he is a caring and compassionate individual. His thoughtfulness shines through in every aspect of his work, from arranging funerals to interacting with families. Dedicated to the well-being of our clients, Jon embodies the values of our family firm and plays a pivotal role in guiding its success with a warm and personal touch.
Becky Doherty BSc (Hons)
Position: Funeral Director
Tenure: Over 3 Years (Since 2021)
I've been with Rounce Funeral Services for a fulfilling 3 years. As a key team member, I engage with families from their first call, manage arrangements, and handle all administrative aspects, from paperwork to multimedia uploads. Additionally, I serve as one of the main Funeral Directors, ensuring continuity and support throughout the entire journey.
Educational and Professional Journey:
My academic journey led me from the Towers Convent for GSCEs to Brighton College for A-levels. Later, I pursued Hotel and Catering at the University of Surrey, earning a BSc (Hons). With over 20 years in hospitality, a personal experience during the Covid pandemic sparked a desire to help others navigate grief. Joining Rounce Funeral Services became a pivotal decision, providing immense job satisfaction and happiness in my career.
Expertise and Skills:
My skills include compassion, empathy, attention to detail, and, most importantly, giving good hugs! I bring these qualities to my role, ensuring families receive the support they need during challenging times.
Passion and Interests:
Beyond work, I find joy in reading murder mysteries. The most rewarding aspect of my job is meeting families and being there to support them on the day.
I'm proud that some of my friends are past clients, a testament to the close bond formed during challenging times. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, socializing with family and friends, and building lasting connections.
The most memorable moment in my career was transitioning from behind-the-scenes administration to becoming one of the main Funeral Directors. This industry was entirely new to me, and the journey has been immensely rewarding.
What I enjoy most about working here is the sense of family within the team. We collaborate seamlessly, supporting each other and even finding moments to share a laugh.
We collaborate closely as a team, working on initiatives like increasing our social media presence. Creating "Died on this Day" posts has been particularly enjoyable, combining historical facts with fitting quotes.
The directors at Rounce Funeral Services consistently encourage my professional growth, helping me strive to be the best in my role.
Favourite Quotes or Mottos:
My guiding motto is to "Make each day count." Surviving cancer last year highlighted the importance of living fully every day and ensuring loved ones know they are cherished.
In the future, I aim to continue finding happiness in my work and aspire to be the best Funeral Director I can be. I am excited about contributing to making Rounce the best Funeral Directors in West Sussex.
Becky Doherty brings a unique blend of compassion, experience, and dedication to Rounce Funeral Services, embodying the company's values and commitment to excellence in every aspect of her role.
In Memory of Graham Rounce
Position: Co-founder, Rounce Funeral Services
Tenure: Over 10 Years (2004-2015)
In loving memory of Graham Rounce, a founding pillar of Rounce Funeral Services, whose legacy continues to shape the compassionate ethos of our family firm. Graham, father to current owners Jon and Chris Rounce, embarked on an extraordinary journey that left an indelible mark on our community.
Before venturing into the world of funeral services, Graham spent two decades with Datsun and Nissan, ultimately serving as the National UK Parts Manager. In 2004, he took a leap of faith and co-founded Rounce Funeral Services with his son, Chris. Graham often expressed that it was the best decision he ever made, viewing it not as a job but as a vocation—a calling to help families navigate the challenging process of saying goodbye.
His commitment to excellence was evident in the countless cards and letters received from families expressing gratitude. Graham's mantra, "Of course, no problem," was a testament to his unwavering dedication. He would tirelessly work until the early hours of the morning, ensuring that every last-minute change from a grieving family was seamlessly integrated before a scheduled funeral.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Graham volunteered for over a decade with the Samaritans, answering their emergency line twice a week overnight. His selfless commitment to supporting those in need extended beyond funeral services, reflecting his deep sense of empathy and compassion.
A man of many talents, Graham found solace and joy in playing the accordion with the Worthing Accordion Band. His love for music mirrored his passion for bringing comfort to others during difficult times.
Though Graham is no longer with us, his spirit lives on in the compassionate service and dedication that defines Rounce Funeral Services. His legacy continues to inspire us to approach our work with the same warmth, care, and commitment that he exemplified throughout his remarkable life.
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