About Us

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  • 5* star rating on Google and proud of our many positive reviews
  • Recommended by The Good Funeral Guide
  • Recommended by The Natural Death Centre
  • Extended pledge signatory of The Fair Funerals Pledge
  • Members of The Association of Green Funeral Directors
  • Approved providers of Golden Leaves Funeral Plans
  • Funeral Contractor to Dover District Council
  • Member of Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors

Paul Sullivan – Dip. F.D Proprietor/Funeral Director

I was born in Ilford, Essex in 1973 and spent my childhood in Swaffham, Norfolk. I came to Canterbury, Kent in 1983 when my father got a teaching headship in Ashford. I attended St Anselms School in Canterbury and it was during my 6th form that my interest in the funeral profession began. WHY everyone asks, I am still not sure! I was attracted to it because of its historic place in society, because of its apparent security and because it was something completely different.

It took nearly a year of perseverance and letters before I was given my chance by an area manager of the then Plantsbrook group (now Dignity) and taken on as an employment trainee through Kent Skills. I was just 19. I started learning the business at John Kemp Funeral Directors in Whitstable and spent my time going all over Kent and the UK on funerals and removals (collection of deceased). I also spent time at F.C. Woods of Ashford and after my first year was taken on as a Trainee Funeral Director based at Woods. I was given my own hearse to look after and again experienced funerals all over south east Kent and beyond.

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In 1994 I was offered the position of Funeral Director at Hambrook & Johns in Folkestone along with free company accommodation and I eagerly left home to begin this next challenge. In 1998 I was given the additional responsibility of Hambrook & Johns in Dover and around this time also began studying for my Diploma in Funeral Directing which I passed in 1999.

Shortly after I started to look for a position with an independent firm as working for a large multinational group was not for me. In 2001 I was taken on as Funeral Director/Manager at J. Dilnot Smith & Son, Deal and Woodnesborough (near Sandwich) where I stayed for six years. Always hoping to own and run my own funeral business I seized an opportunity in 2006 and started from scratch a new business named Sullivan & Son Independent Funeral Service at 12 Beaconsfield Road in Dover, which opened on the 31st March 2007. I have two sons, Joshua and Thomas.
Sullivan & Sons are very proud to have now served hundreds of local families and many out of district clients too; promising always a very personal, efficient and best price service.

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Alex Sullivan – Office Manager

I, like Paul, also went to St Anselm’s School in Canterbury and then went on to read English at Kent University. I graduated with an honours degree in 2004 and pursued my interest in cars by working at the Barretts Motor Group in various sales and marketing roles.

In 2009, I joined Paul in a part-time capacity and enjoyed getting to know the industry, as well as helping people at the most difficult of times. As the business has grown, my role has expanded and I now take care of the day-to-day running of the office.

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Julie Fraser-Reid Dip FD – Funeral Director

I was born in Dover in 1967, I moved to Canterbury, when my late father bought his first guest house.

I attended The Canterbury Steiner School, before joining the ever expanding family business.

After the death of a close friend, I became a volunteer at Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury.

I stayed there for over two years, it was during this time I decided to train as a funeral director.

I passed my Diploma in 2011 and have worked in the funeral industry ever since.
I am delighted to have now joined Paul and his team.

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Colin Meades – Senior Chauffeur/Bearer

I was born in Worcestershire in 1984 with my family relocating to Kent shortly afterwards and have remained in the county ever since. After finishing at Dover College in 2002 I started in the food production industry working at Tilmanstone Salads. After leaving in early 2012 having spent much of my career in a supervisory role I wanted to ind a different occupational outlet. After completing the NAFD Foundation Course in November 2011, I was luckily hired by Paul Sullivan in mid 2012 to work as a part time bearer. Over time I have been offered opportunities for additional responsibilities and am now in the role of senior chauffeur/bearer.

I take great pride in all aspects of my work and am proud to be a member of Paul’s team. His dedication to the families he serves is unsurpassed and his diligence and empathy are reflected in his work ethic and treatment of the families who have lost loved ones.

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Alan Goodall

I was born in Hillingdon in 1953, moving to St Margaret’s at Cliffe in 1973. My working life has been divided between Dover District Council and HM Customs and Excise ,while dedicating my free time to Scouting.

Following my retirement in 2011 I became involved in the funeral business, initially helping my wife in the same role. I soon realised this was a vocation I should have taken on board much earlier in my life as gives meaning and a sense of satisfaction in supporting others.

I have been working with Paul since 2012 but during the past year have taken on more work bearing, limousine chauffeuring, and Funeral Directing. I also help families by taking burial and cremation services, co-ordinating the thoughts and memories of the family into a reflective, non-religious ceremony suiting the individual needs.