About Us

Our Team

Billy Taylor: Senior Director, Owner and Funeral Director

Billy’s role is to oversee the day to day running of the business from any initial enquiries right through to the funeral arrangements and finally conducting of the funeral with the upmost dignity and respect. This is a reputation we have built up over the years and are very proud of.

In 2018 WS. Taylor & Sons were proud to receive a 1st place award for their excellent customer supplier performance. Billy says this award was gratefully received and is credit to the whole team at W.S. Taylor & Sons for all of their recognised hard work.

WS Taylor Funeral Directors - Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor
Rebecca Taylor and Karen Taylor
Rebecca Taylor and Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor: Owner and Secretary

Karen’s role is also the overall running of the business. Karen’s role varies from administration, accounts and all clerical work alongside being in our front office helping with all enquiries.

Rebecca Taylor: Office Administrator

Rebecca’s role varies from administration, accounts and clerical work alongside being the first point of call for families when they come into our branch alongside helping with all enquiries.

Jim DaPrato: Funeral Director

Jim carries out all tasks from funeral enquiries, transfers of the deceased at the time of death, overall funeral arrangements and helping families with their requirements to for fill their loved ones wishes to the overall conducting of the funeral on the chosen date and time.

Jim DaPrato
Jim DaPrato

Matthew Streater: Funeral Director

Matthew started his career with WS Taylor & Sons in 2009 when we first started trading where he was a trainee. We are overwhelmed to welcome Matthew back to our team now in 2020 as a qualified Funeral Director.

Matthew Streater
Matthew Streater

Gary Taylor: Funeral Service Assistant

Gary’s role varies daily. Gary helps with all transfers of the deceased from home, hospitals and all other enquiries. He carries out a lot of the unseen work required to carry out our funerals, such as delivering paper work to the correct councils and authorities and the collection of families chosen caskets. Gary is currently achieving his Funeral Directors qualification.

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor


Each member of our team has their own individual role to play but at the end of the day we all work together as one happy team and this truly reflects in our service.

Billy Taylor

  • 2009

    W.S. Taylor & Sons was set up in April 2009 by Billy Taylor and his wife Karen who opened their first funeral home in Station Road, Forest Hall.

  • 2014

    After 5 years at the Station Road location W.S. Taylor & Sons was growing; word of mouth referrals resulted in growing demand. The business required bigger premises and settled for their new Funeral Home now at Meadowfield Terrace, Forest Hall.

    In 2014 Billy appointed a new Funeral Director in Jim Daprato to become part of the team to help Billy with funeral demands.

  • 2015

    Jim was joined a year later by Billy and Karen’s eldest son Gary who’s role is Funeral Service Assistant.

  • 2018

    2018- Rebecca Gary’s wife, Karen and Billy’s daughter in law joined us as part of the administration team and is in our front office at our branch to help with day to day enquiries.

  • 2020

    The team welcomed Matthew on board as a Funeral Director alongside Jim. Matthew originally started his career alongside Billy when WS Taylor & Sons was first established as a Funeral Assistant. Matthew is happy to now be part of the team permanently in his qualified role.

Get in touch

We serve families throughout the North East of England, please contact us to discuss how we may be of assistance.

Share This
Scroll to Top
Malcare WordPress Security