Ivor Thomas Funerals is the idea of Mark Ivor Thomas and only made possible with the input of his father Ivor Neil Thomas and the support of their families.
Born in Cathays, Neil Thomas’s professional life started in 1973 when he became a qualified carpenter joiner. His taste for adventure led him to joining the REME as a mechanic, based in many different locations, including 5 Armoured Workshop and even as a sailing instructor based in Kiel Sail Training Centre teaching officers how to sail. Unfortunately due to the diagnosis of cancer and the following treatment, this put an end to his army career. After fully recovering, Neil married Sue and had two children, during which time he worked in a wide variety of jobs until deciding to take a leap and starting his own business in preventative maintenance. The business took off and due to Neil’s high quality work and great customer service, he had waiting lists of up to 3 months. It only ended when he was headhunted by an international company to look after their various sites throughout Cardiff, but due to ill health, time was called on that employment after 16 years. In his own time Neil has always enjoyed woodwork, and in recent years he's been making cremated remains caskets and turning urns for friends over the past few years, tying this is in with helping a friend organise and carry out his father’s self arranged funeral; he jumped at the opportunity to support when Mark put forward his idea for Ivor Thomas Funerals.
Mark Thomas was born in the Heath Hospital to Neil and Sue and spent the entirety of his childhood in the family home in Llanishen. This changed quite drastically though when his volunteering took him to work in Minsk, Belarus at the Belarusian Children's’ Hospice for a year in 2010. During his time there he worked with families at their time of greatest grief. On his return to Wales, he worked in several non-descript jobs in order to make ends meet; but when he saw a job advertised to be a Funeral Arranger for Babies and Children at Thornhill Cemetery, he knew what he wanted to do. From 2014 to 2018, Mark helped individuals, couples and families through what can only be described as the darkest times of their lives. As part of his role he also gained experience on the legalities of burial and cremation law as well as memorialisation and a wide ranging knowledge around funerals. Throughout the years, a pattern of enquiries to Thornhill seemed to be emerging - Funeral Poverty; this accompanied by the increased coverage of the cost of funerals in the news and on social media platforms, got Mark thinking. Mark approached his father with the idea of a company that offered choice, being open, honest, affordable and fair; taking pride in the fact that they are local, independant and family run.
- Help families with their funerals in anyway we can
- Give families as much choice and information as they wish, so that they can make an informed decision that is right for them
- To offer the most cost effective service possible
- Be open and honest in everything that we do