Tributes paid to Cromer funeral director and town councillor, Jean Amis

PUBLISHED: 14:30 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 26 November 2018

Les and Jean Amis  



More than 100 people attended a funeral service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of Jean Amis at Cromer parish church today.

Order of service at Jean Amis' funeral at Cromer church. Picture: David BaleOrder of service at Jean Amis' funeral at Cromer church. Picture: David Bale

Tributes have been paid to Mrs Amis, who was a funeral director in Cromer for more than 30 years and a town councillor.

The entrance music at the service was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, the reflection music was the Second Waltz by Andre Rieu, while the exit music was the Entry of the Gladiators.

The committal at Cromer crematorium will be followed by refreshments and a chance to share memories of Mrs Amis, at Cromer parish hall.

Her family said her memory would be kept alive at Cromer and District Independent Funeral Services by her husband Leslie and his son Adrian, who will continue the family business.

Jean and Leslie Amis. Picture: the Amis familyJean and Leslie Amis. Picture: the Amis family

They said: “We are united in saying her presence will forever be sadly missed. We mourn the loss of our very much-loved leading lady.”

Leslie Amis, her husband of 28 years, business partner and friend, said: “My heart will never get over the loss of Jean - she meant everything to me, words can’t express the loss and emptiness I feel.”

Mrs Amis, who was 77, was born on April 6, 1941 in Bedford.

She met Leslie during their time at Fox’s funeral directors, which was then sold on to a larger company. They started Cromer & District Independent Funeral Services in 1987, and married two years later.

Jean Amis' funeral will be held at Cromer parish church. Picture: David BaleJean Amis' funeral will be held at Cromer parish church. Picture: David Bale

Adrian said: “Business thrived, with Jean’s bubbly, friendly personality and her great passion for the job, she loved every bit of it, especially talking to people and helping them. She pushed the business forward to become a big presence in Cromer and surrounding area.”

She had begun her career as a nurse training at the Worcester Royal Infirmary, moving into the funeral industry working for the Co-op in her late 20s, where she met and married Reverend Barry Middleton.

Leslie had begun his career at Fox’s working for Jimmy Mallett, Adrian’s grandad.

Adrian added: “Jean had many other roles including being a town councillor, She has always been very involved in Cromer Carnival providing transportation for the carnival queen, etc. She was always dedicated to helping the local community.

“She was a much loved mother to her four children, great and grandchildren.”

Mrs Amis died on Monday, November 12, after a long battle with cancer.

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