A local funeral director, who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to the bereaved in Nottinghamshire and South Derby, has awarded the distinction of honorary membership of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD).
Nigel Lymn Rosewho is chairman of AW Lymn – the family funeral service being a fourth-generation funeral director – was delighted to receive the honour at the NAFD annual conference.
AW Lymn have branches in various part of Nottinghamshire, including West Bridgford, Beeston, Bingham, Clifton, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Ruddington
Such an honour is extremely rare in this profession. Membership of the association is usually restricted to companies not individuals, but an exception is occasionally made for someone who has given outstanding service to the profession.
The association’s national president,David Barrington, said: “Nigel is one of a very small number of individuals to have ever been awarded honorary membership.
“In fact, only 30 have been awarded across the association’s 114-year history and he is richly deserving of this most prestigious of honours.
“Nigel has worked tirelessly on behalf of the association and its membership, campaigning for change in the UK’s parliaments and assemblies – as well as in Europe – to help funeral directors to care for bereaved people.
“He is well known and respected, particularly in Westminster, for his unparalleled knowledge of legislation and his determination, across almost 40 years, to secure commitments from ministers and civil servants that will help funeral directors to do their important work.”
Nigel said: “I am quite emotional. It’s a privilege to serve the association, a pleasure, indeed a lifetime ambition – having started by attending local meetings nearly 50 years ago at the age of 15.
“I was delighted to receive this award and I am very grateful to the members for their support.”