About Us

History- Thomas Rea & Sons

Michael Rea is the third generation of funeral directors in his family, after having followed in the footsteps of his father, Vincent Rea, and grandfather Thomas Rea, who first established Thomas Rea & Sons in Thornaby in 1928.

With over 35 years of invaluable experience, Michael, together with his wife Barbara have established an independent funeral business serving across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, with branches in Great Ayton, Stokesley and Darlington. 

Michael & Barbara Rea

With over 35 years of invaluable experience, Michael, together with his wife Barbara have established their own independent funeral business dedicated to providing a caring, compassionate and professional service.

With branches in both Great Ayton and Stokesley, North Yorkshire and local knowledge of customs and traditions in the outlying areas of Teesside including Seamer, Kirkby, Carlton, Faceby & Swainby, we are able to give advice on Registration for Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees & Guisborough districts.

We have also expanded the area we cover to include Darlington, with our Darlington Funeral Service branch which is located on North Road near the Thompson Street crossroads. 

Our Vehicles

We offer a fleet of chauffeur driven Mercedes funeral vehicles including a hearse, limousine and executive estate cars.

Offsetting our carbon footprint                       

Wherever possible we use Shell-branded garages to buy our fuel, as it is their company policy to offset carbon dioxide emissions from customers' fuel purchases.


Testimonials

              In respect of our client's confidentiality, names have been removed from these testimonials, however original cards can                              be viewed in our offices for authenticity.

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"Your company had been mentioned in glowing terms by various friends over the years and now we know why.' 'From the moment you went in timely and efficient fashion to collect Mum... you impressed everyone with your dignified, respectful and courteous concern'.          'We were able, because of your suberb guidance and care, to confidently arrange and execute a memorial service we will always look back on with a smile."

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"Thank you Michael for the excellent service given, you were extremely sensitive at this very difficult time. Making time to come to our house, meeting us, talking and guiding my brother and I, even waiting so I could wave mum off and wish her a safe journey home. All those personal touches meant so much to me. I would like to thank you Michael for the outstanding care, dignity and respect you showed towards our wonderful Mum."

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"We would just like to thank you all for making sure the whole day ran smoothly. You made one of the hardest days somehow easier for all the family and we could not of asked for a better send off for my much loved Dad."

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"Dear Barbara & Michael,                                                    On behalf of the family I would like to say a big thank you for looking after.... and for arranging his funeral. I'm grateful it was organised so quickly and exactly as .....would have wanted.....I have had very positive feedback on the service.....Again our thanks."

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"Dear Michael & Barbara,                                                    Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughfulness since Mom died. You eased us through a very stressful time with grace, dignity and understanding and it was much appreciated."

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"Dear Michael and Barbara, I wanted to thank you both and your staff for all your compassion and everything you did in arranging my mother's funeral. I really had no idea how things were done until my mother's death, and your professionalism and guidance were a blessing to my family and I."

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'Thank you for all your help in arranging Mam's funeral. The day was just what she would have wanted. I'm sure she would have been very proud of us all and the service you provided with utter professionalism.'

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"Just a note of thanks to you all for the lovely professional service that you gave to us and for looking after Mum at your Chapel of Rest........It has all been very much appreciated at this sad time!"

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"Thank you Michael and Barbara for kindness, attention to detail and professionalism in conducting the arrangements for '.........'s funeral. As people said it was lovely, if one can use that word at a bereavement. He was such a lovely man. He had to go with panache!"

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"I want to give you heartfelt thanks on behalf of the family for making a traumatic time much easier to bear, your sensitivity and understanding was greatly appreciated by all of us. You delivered an immaculate service, but more than that it seems you actually became part of our family over the last two weeks...Thank you for the excellent services………you treat us both with the greatest respect"

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"Dear Michael & Barbara,                                                    Thank you so much for your kindness, help and support in the planning of my Mum's funeral. It is such a difficult time so having you there to help and guide us throughout was reassuring to us all....Thank you also for inviting us to the Chapel of Rest to see Mum which gave us some comfort to see her so peaceful and for allowing us to have her home for aa few days before the funeral to say our goodbyes. Thank you again for you kind support."

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"To Michael, Barbara and colleagues,                                 Please accept hearfelt thanks on behalf of all the family and myself for giving '...' and I a last chance to say goodbye in such a serene and dignified atmosphere.        Your guidance Michael, helped me to cope with my loss and for that I give you my personal thanks."

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"Dear Michael, On behalf of .......and family I would just like to say how grateful we all are for your kind, compassionate and professional service in dealing with the funeral of Uncle '.........'....you took away the stress and pressures and guided us through this very difficult time. Your attention to detail was impeccable, once again grateful thanks."

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"To Michael & Barbara, With many thanks for the very professional & compassionate way you handled the arrangements for Dads funeral. Your vast experience helped us to negotiate the procedures and people un-rushed, and you considered all eventualities in an ever changing situation making the day run smooothly. We are very grateful for everything you did. Mum sends her thanks and best wishes."

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"Dear Michael. From my sister & I a massive thank you for handling all the arrangements so brilliantly. Coping with my last minute changes with good humour.........but we did it and it helped me enormously to cope with a most sad event......You displayed the highest standard of your craft.....seriously Michael you turned a heartbreaking time in life into a very dignified and comforting event for the family and we thank you heartily."

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I would like to highly recommend the care and services given by Michael and Barbara Rea Funeral Services in Great Ayton.                                                                    Jen took over the care of my beloved deceased mother in person offering her great respect and dignity. She lifted the burden of arrangements from us at a very sensitive time, taking over all arrangements for the funeral, flowers and wake in such a calm and compassionate way.                                                        The Funeral went exactly as we had planned and hoped for with every minute detail in place. Jen accompanied us to the crematorium and ensured that Mum was shown every respect and that all arrangements were performed to the utmost detail. A very big thank you to Jen, I really feel that you made such a difference to the way we were able to think of Mum and grieve in peace for her.

Thank you also to Michael and Barbara Rea for their warm reception and excellently organised service.