It is a rare privilege to be a funeral director, to stand in a sensitive position at a crucial time in the midst of a bereaved family, knowing that the quality of our service will help that family through one of the most difficult times in their lives.

G M Sharp, independent family funeral services offer a personal and dignified service in Pocklington, Driffield and Market Weighton, while also covering the areas of York, Stamford Bridge, Dunnington, Beverly, Holme Upon Spalding Moor, and all surrounding villages. As this is a family run business we can easily provide such a service without the larger business constraints that other multi-national funeral corporations work with. We are well known for our compassionate and personal attitude employing highly trained funeral directors including arguably the most experienced and trusted lady funeral director in York. 

We pride ourselves in the care and attention we provide to families going through a difficult time. These values have been passed down to a second and third generation of our family. Our aim is to offer bereaved families a truly personal service tailored to their individual needs, and this is why we don’t work set hours or days, we want to be there to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our long standing establishment within the local community brings a great sense of pride to everyone involved in Maurice Sharp Funeral Directors. This is why generations of families have come to trust in our professional service that we can give their loved ones in our funeral homes.

Our Code of Practice

The Code of Practice sets out the high standard of service that bereaved families may expect in their dealings with a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors, including key requirements in respect of the funeral director’s professional conduct. It also deals with advertising and marketing, price information, estimates, final accounts and publicity.

Funeral Director Members of the Association are bound by this robust Code of Practice – the terms of which incorporate twelve key principles – and is strictly monitored by a team of Standards and Quality Managers to ensure compliance.

Established in the late 1890’s and originally known as W Sellers and Sons, Gill & Maurice Sharp Funeral Directors is one of the most established family funeral directors in the region. Maurice Sharp joined the Sellers family as a young man of 15 in 1951. As a mature and caring individual, Maurice soon became an integrated member of Sellers funeral services. In 1991 the Seller family were no longer able to progress W Sellers and Sons, and the opportunity arose for Maurice to become the sole proprietor, continuing the tradition of running a small, family owned, independent funeral director. 

In 1996 Maurice’s daughter, Gill, joined him in running Maurice Sharp funeral directors Funeral Directors. Under the care and tutelage of her father, accompanied by hard work, Gill has become a well-liked and trusted member of the Pocklington communitie. In the year 2000, the decision was took to hand both funeral directors over to Gill, with Maurice pursuing a consultancy role. Today Gill and her husband Stephen, oversee every aspect of all funeral arrangements.

More recently Gill and Steve’s son Luke has joined the family buisness. Luke has become the 3rd generation of Maurice’s family to uphold the traditional values of the local funeral director. In addition to on the job training Luke will also be studying a number of NAFD certified qualifications in order to allow Maurice Sharp funeral directors to remain at the forefront of modern funeral directing practices.

We have come a long way since the early days of the funeral service industry, however we never forget the simple principles of care and dignity that are at the heart of what we do. To complement our ultra-professional staff and specalist funeral homes we take great pride in constantly re-investing. Ensuring that every aspect of our service is conducted at paramount professionalism using industry specialised equipment.


Arthur Mills (MBE) 23/11/2021 - 13/03/2018
WW2 Hero A loving husband, father, grandfather uncle and friend to many who will be dearly missed by all. His family would like to thank Ann,
Colin Meggitt 30/09/1971 - 26/02/2018
Passed away suddenly at his home in York on February 26th 2018, aged 46. Sadly missed by his family; mother Carol, sister Anna, brothers Neil and Glen
Ian Somerville Davidson Mr 19/06/1950 - 09/03/2018
Dearly beloved husband of Julia, treasured father of Lara and Elissa, dear grandad of Matthew and William. Sadly passed away on Friday 9 March 2018
Patricia Hawksby 26/05/1946 - 20/03/2018
Peacefully in Meadowbeck Care Home on 20 March 2018 aged 72 years. Loving Mum, Grandma, Auntie and friend to many. Funeral service at York crema
Margaret Fenton 05/04/1943 - 17/02/2018
Much loved wife, mother, nana and great nana. Funeral service to be held at The East Riding Crematorium, Octon on Monday 5 March at 11am. Family
David William Beattie 07/02/1943 - 27/02/2018
Much loved husband and father. Funeral service to take place on Monday 19th March, 1pm at St John the Baptist Church, Market Weighton.