Tony Foster

Anthony J. T. Foster

M.D. AND FOUNDER

Hello, my name is Tony Foster, I am the founder of The Independent Family Funeral Directors Ltd.

I have a great passion to help people, I love my profession. Families entrust their loved ones within the care of my company and that task I do not take lightly. I have managed over the years to build a team of people who have the same ethos  as I do and with this team we have created one of the largest independently owned funeral directors in the United Kingdom.

My goal has always been to provide the highest possible service at the least amount of money anywhere within this industry.

Robert Foster

Robert A. Foster

FUNERAL OFFICIATE

My name is Robert Foster and I am enjoying my retirement. I however still help in and around the funeral parlours and I still conduct the odd funeral service as I am a funeral officiate.

In simple terms, I conduct funeral services at at Crematoria or Burial. If a family is not connected to any particular church, or in fact not religious, I can sit down with them prior to the service taking place gather information about the life of their loved one, then relay that onto family and friends in a sensitive and informative manner upon the funeral taking place. I can be found floating around our offices giving a helping hand whenever needed.

My wishes are to provide families with the comfort of knowing that their loved one’s life has been celebrated right to the end.

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Joan D. Foster

FUNERAL ARRANGER

My name is Joan Foster and I am now enjoying my retirement. I helped for many years within the company arranging funerals in Glasgow. I also used to organise prepayment funeral plans for the company. I now cater for small funeral teas within the funeral parlours as this allows families to gather after a service for a coffee and a cake and help celebrate their loved ones life.

I am so proud that I have been able to work alongside such a great team here at Family Funeral Directors and have helped many thousands of families through such a difficult time in their lives.

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Elaine McVey

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

My name is Elaine McVey and I am responsible for the accounts here at Fosters. I am married to my wonderful husband and we have two lovely kids that mean the world to us.

I joined the company in April 2016 and delighted that I was given the opportunity to work with such a nice team of people. I focus on preparing accurate client accounts and to arrange suitable payment plans for them throughout this very difficult period. My aim is to provide a high quality & compassionate service, giving families the support & assistance they require.

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Elaine May

ACCOUNTS / FUNERAL ARRANGER

My name is Elaine May and I take care of the accounts for Fosters as well as arranging funerals. I have been with Fosters since the summer of 2011 and working with families to sort out a suitable payment plans for their loved one’s funeral is one of my main tasks.

I am usually to be found working in the office, so when my colleagues are out on funeral business I step in to help families wishing to arrange their loved one’s funeral. Like everyone else in the company, my prime focus is on making a very difficult time as easy as possible for the families who come to us.

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Jon Dowes

FUNERAL OPERATIVE

My name is Jon Dowes, I joined the team at Fosters in 2015. I have a keen interest in watching sports and taking part in playing football.

My father has worked with the funeral industry for many years and throughout that time, he has passed on his experiences to me, this enabled me to have a clear direction on what career path I wanted to follow. When I was offered the opportunity to join Fosters, I jumped at the chance. My role within the company as a funeral service operative is to chauffeur families to and from funeral services in our modern fleet of Mercedes – Benz. My aim is to assure families are comfortable whilst within my care.

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Terry Buchan

BRANCH MANAGER

My name is Terry Buchan. I started employment in the funeral industry in 2006 as a funeral operative for Dundas Fyfe Funeral Directors. My role there involved chauffeur driving limousines for funerals and general workshop duties. In 2010 I enrolled with William Purves embalming academy, where I completed the course in embalming. Over the 3 years since then I have worked in the mortuary, taking care of hygienic treatments and preparing your loved ones for viewings and for their final journey. In 2013 I joined Fosters Funeral Directors as a funeral director, coming here mainly because they are an independent family funeral directors.

My intentions are to provide a professional and compassionate service so that you and your loved ones’ wishes are carried out. When am out of work I spend time with my wife Lisa and 4 children. Nico, Nathan, Keanna and Jack and our family dog Kira.

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Pauline Ower

FUNERAL ARRANGER

Hi, my name is Pauline, I’m married to Brian and have 2 children Darren and Nicole. I’ve been working in the funeral industry for 9 years. I started my career with the Co-Operative Funeral care as a Funeral Arranger.  I love my job, I treat all my families as I would want my own to be treated in such a difficult time. I came to work with Tony at Fosters as a full time funeral arranger in February 2016 and I’ve never looked back.

Within my role now at Fosters you will find me arranging funerals and from time to time directing funerals, which I feel really helps families as they get to deal with me from the start of the arrangement to the actual day of the funeral.

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Angela Harrower

FUNERAL ARRANGER

My name is Angela Harrower and married to Peter. I have 2 kids, Sean & Shannon. I have worked in the funeral industry for over 5 years, initially as an administrator, which also involved arranging pre-paid plans. When a position became available as a Funeral Arranger in within Fosters in 2017 I thought it was just the challenge I needed and I must say I have never looked back.

The feedback I have had from families that I have dealt with makes my job all worthwhile. It is such a rewarding job, knowing you have helped families through a very sad and difficult time. I am very genuine and compassionate and like to ensure families can give their loved ones a funeral that they will be proud of. I always thought I would spend my days working as an Administrator (which I have done since leaving school), but so GLAD I decided to take a challenge.

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Tom MacArthur

FUNERAL OPERATIVE

I am Tom MacArthur. I spent 30 years in the banking industry but in 2015 I decided it was time for a change and started piping full time. I have played for over 40 years and it has always been my ambition to play the pipes on a full time basis. Since January 2016 it has been my privilege to be part of the Fosters team providing piping services for funerals when required. More recently I have also become a chauffeur/driver here on a part time basis. It is a far cry from the world of banking but I very much enjoy being part of such a great team whether piping or driving.

I consider it an honour to be of service to families, at what is such a difficult time for them.

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Alan Keenan

FUNERAL DIRECTOR / OFFICIATE

My name is Alan Keenan. I entered the funeral business joining Fosters Funeral Directors in 2009 after a long career in the fire and rescue service. I live locally and I am married with three grown up daughters. When not working in the funeral business, I like to relax by keeping fit. As well as arranging and directing funerals, my role within the company extends to compiling and delivering eulogies and putting together bespoke services whether religious or non-religious, in line with family wishes.

My intention is to ensure that families receive a truly individual and unique service and that their loved one receives the dignified send off they deserve.

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Allan Duke

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Hi, my name is Allan, I have been a Funeral Director for 8 years. I wanted to become a funeral director after my dad passed away and I saw first-hand how respectful and caring the funeral staff were with my mum and my family and how they cared for my dad with dignity and looked after him like he was one of their own family. These are the most important things to me when arranging and conducting funerals for other families and I get great satisfaction from carrying out their wishes.

In my spare time I am the Group Scout Leader at the 3rd East Kilbride Scouts and this means planning lots of activities and camps for the scouts and keeps me active.

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Tony Welsh

CIVIL CELEBRANT

Hi, my name is Tony Welsh. I am married to Ann and Dad to Hannah and Daniel. In 2012, I trained as a Civil Celebrant with Scotland’s first Civil Celebrant, Neil Dorward, in Dumfermline. I previously worked in engineering and studied management at Paisley University. I have a history in sports coaching (martial arts) as well as public speaking and presenting. In 2004, I changed career to work in the public sector, working with a variety of client groups from a wide range of backgrounds.

My biggest strength is my ability to listen and transform your memories into a colourful, passionate and true reflection of your loved one. I then present your memories in a humorous, professional manner, while maintaining the dignity and respect of your loved one. Let me take care of your loved one’s tribute in a relaxed and informal setting, to give you the service which your family desire.

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Patricia Foster

PROJECT MANAGER

My name is Patsy Foster, my role within the company as project manager keeps me very busy. I have worked within the company since June 2013. I assist the funeral director’s day to day with funeral checks prior to funerals taking place and I am regularly seen out driving the hearse and limousines.

My objective is to maintain a high standard of operations within the company, make sure every funeral is carried out correctly as per the family’s’ wishes.

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Caroline Kinloch

FUNERAL ARRANGER / BURNSIDE BRANCH MANAGER

My name is Caroline and I have been married to Davie for nearly 30 years, we have a wonderful teenage daughter Jordyn and our pet cat is Smudge. My family are my whole world.

I am based in the Burnside Parlour which I manage. Funeral Arranging was not my initial career, but my father and brother are both in the funeral industry and through time I realised that this was the profession that I very much wanted to be a part of, so I was delighted when the opportunity arose to become part of the team at Fosters. My aim is to take good care of the families at this very difficult time, a time when they need help, support and guidance. I personally carry out their wishes with a caring, professional and passionate manner, ensuring that every detail is put in place for their loved one, just as if I was caring for one of my own.

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Karen Bain

FUNERAL PLAN OPERATIVE

My name is Karen, I have 3 grown up children and a lovely dog which is like another child. Family is very important to me. I joined Fosters in February 2016, after working in travel for many years. My change in my career has made such a difference in my life, as now I feel helping families at such a difficult time in their life is very rewarding. Also, I arrange pre-paid funeral plans which again is helping families to make things easier for their own families when the time comes to arrange their funerals. Ask me if I am happy that I changed careers and the answer would be most definitely YES.

I am based in the Burnside Parlour which I manage. Funeral Arranging was not my initial career, but my father and brother are both in the funeral industry and through time I realised that this was the profession that I very much wanted to be a part of, so I was delighted when the opportunity arose to become part of the team at Fosters. My aim is to take good care of the families at this very difficult time, a time when they need help, support and guidance. I personally carry out their wishes with a caring, professional and passionate manner, ensuring that every detail is put in place for their loved one, just as if I was caring for one of my own.

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Richard Brown

CHAUFFER DRIVER

My name is Richard Brown. I joined Fosters Funeral Directors on a part time basis, I currently work as a fire and rescue officer but with having spare time it was a privilege to be asked to join the team at Fosters. My role within the company is to drive our hearses and limousines. I also help with removing the deceased into our care and general duties throughout our branches. Working within an independent family run business we enjoy the diversity of today’s modern funerals; every day is different.

My aim is to provide a safe driving environment for our clients in our luxurious Mercedes-Benz fleet.

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Joe Scullion

CHAUFFER DRIVER

After a long career in Police Scotland and subsequent retirement, I am glad to find myself as part of the team at Fosters. My main responsibilities are taking part in funerals, driving family cars and taking our families’ loved ones into our care.

My aim is to ensure that, as part of the team, funerals run smoothly and that families are transported comfortably throughout the duration of the funeral.

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Andrew McCallum

OPERATIONS ASSISTANCE

My name is Andrew McCallum and my responsibilities are to deliver all relevant paperwork required to enable funeral services to take place. I also delivery music to crematoriums and collect cremated remains after funerals services. It is also my responsibility to ensure that the Glasgow fleet of hearses, limousines and ambulances are maintained to a high standard and are ready to be driven at any given time.

My aim is to ensure that all families benefit from clean, polished and well maintained vehicles.

What People Say About Us

“I was most impressed with the manner which you dealt with my mum’s funeral, your professionalism was very evident from our first meeting and throughout the whole process. Your sympathetic attitude eased many of my anxieties. Many thanks to you and all your staff.”

5 star

ROBERT & GWEN
“Thank you so very much for all your help and kindness, I would never have coped without you at all, your premises and services and the PERSONAL service you gave are second to none and I mean that 100%. The Rev. John Lloyd, was so kind when he came to visit me also and the viewing parlour visit gave me peace of mind, Thomas looked so peaceful and free of pain, a beautiful laying out even though it broke my heart, I will never forget you Caroline xxx”

5 star

MARGARET DONALD
“We just want to express our gratitude to you for all the help you gave us but especially the confidence you gave me in organising a dignified and heartfelt service for Nan (Agnes Young). Your professional manner and expertise shone through which was very reassuring for me and Colin, as we have never organised anything like this before. Your service is excellent and I cannot praise or thank you enough! I know you may say you ‘are only doing your job’ but you did more than that. Thank you to you and all the staff involved in Nan’s care and service.”

5 star

FRANCES & COLIN GRANT
“A big thank you to everyone. Thanks for looking after my mum, you guys have been superb. Thank you to Terry, you have been amazing. Couldn’t have asked for any better.”

5 star

STEPHANIE & FAMILY
“I would like offer my sincerest thanks to Alan Duke and staff. From our first meeting about my mums funeral and throughout the entire process, your professionalism, advice and kindness following the loss of our mum helped ease my family through this difficult time. Your service exceeded all our expectations and provided a funeral service with all due respect, dignity and kindness. Thank you again for ensuring my mother had such a beautiful day.”

5 star

PAUL GREENAN

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