About Us

Melia Powell Funeral Service is dedicated to helping today’s families make positive choices when it matters to you the most.
If you’re looking for a funeral company that combines a fresh approach with a strong belief in the importance of tradition, in the importance of ceremony and ritual that makes a funeral dignified and special, then you have come to the right place.

Our Funeral Directors usually conduct funerals wearing formal dress (traditional top-hats and smart frock coats) and we offer key marks of respect, such as paging the hearse away from our funeral home and into the place of committal.

We aim to deliver the utmost respect and dignity to your loved one, for example our team always carry (shoulder) the coffin rather than wheeling it (unless there are health and safety issues to consider).

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a funeral company that will adopt a quiet, less obvious display or even support you in creating a home funeral then you too are in the right place.

We are more than happy to discuss which of our services you would like, and which you prefer not to have – for example using an estate car rather than a hearse (you can even supply your own), and even minimal staff in simple, smart suits.

We appreciate tradition but blend this with a thoroughly modern approach, giving each family consistently high-quality service and care every time, irrespective of their needs or wishes.
Some of the other things that make us different are:

  • You will get personal attention at all times.
  • Wide experience and expertise – a combined 30 years’ serving UK families directly, coupled with service to the profession as a whole both here and abroad, means that we simply have a wider knowledge (including specifically non-Christian requirements) and a more open approach to families than most UK funeral directors.
  • Unmatched facilities and flexibility – our locations have been purposefully chosen to meet the needs of today’s families. We’ve created places where families will feel at home, safe and cared for. This includes caring for your loved one in the funeral home nearest to you, wherever possible.
  • We have a quality fleet of modern Jaguars.
  • A passion for value and excellence – whilst price is the easiest thing to compare we believe the choice of a funeral director should be about more than just cost; for us it is about relationships, value, respect and dignity. With Melia Powell Funeral Service, you get it all.

If you’re looking for a truly dignified and professional service at the very best price then we’d be proud to assist. Simply call your nearest Melia Powell Funeral Home.

We are available on the phone 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

Our People

Melia Powell Funeral Service is a long established funeral directors providing funeral services across the Keighley, Bradford, Skipton and the surrounding areas. We can help you through the process of planning and arranging a funeral that is personal to you and your family.

Brian Langford

Business Principal

Brian has lived and worked in the Bradford, Keighley and Skipton areas all his life. He is very experienced in all aspects of funeral care. He is a practising Christian and has been a Church Organist for over 35 years. Brian has vast experience in dealing with the needs of the bereaved and his personal commitment is to provide the very best funeral care to his community at a much more family affordable price is his primary concern.

He is fully trained and certificated in the behind the scenes care for a loved one, which also includes all aspects of embalming.

Brian is an experienced Celebrant and really gets to know your family so that the service is both personal and completely tailored around the life of the person you are wishing to celebrate. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his attention to detail and ability to take all your worries away regarding a funeral is second to none.

Brian is also an expert in repatriation of a loved one to countries such as South Africa, Italy, America and Southern Ireland. In addition, he is also experienced in bringing deceased back into the UK for a funeral service.


Dean Newton

Funeral Director

Dean was born and raised in Keighley, went to Holy family Catholic school, had a successful career as an amateur boxer with Quinlans Boxing Club.

He moved to Silsden 18 years ago and has a young family with his wife Natalie who is a Sister working at local hospitals in the area.

He has worked in the funeral industry for nearly 20 years, gaining the highest qualification with the British Institute of Embalmers.

Dean worked for Cooperative funeral care for 13 years in Keighley before moving to Dignity and running a funeral home in Bingley.

He has established a well trusted reputation with those families of have turned to him for help, making many contacts in all the local communities.


Merv Pemberton

Assistant Funeral Director

Merv, as he likes to be known, is a Keighley lad through and through. He grew up in the area and went to local schools.
He is known by many for his friendly, caring and sensitive approach to those who he meets.

He worked for the NHS in different clinical areas for 38 years. He is very focused on Community Activities and specialised in Community Outreach focusing on Men’s Health and general Community Health Improvement initiatives. He was also the ‘Champion’ for Anti Bullying within the Airedale Primary Care Trust.

He is a married man and has 5 children and one Grandchild and a keen sportsman and described by all as a good people person.

Merv joined the team in 2018 and very quickly established himself as a valuable member of the team. Merv is learning how to be a Celebrant/Officiant.


Rachel Wysocki

Office Manager

Rachel has a vast experience in people management. She has worked for local large businesses in senior management positions. She has been Married for 28 years with grown up children and grandchildren.

Her hobbies are spending important and valuable time with her grandchildren and, together, they have a full time roll of caring for and enjoying quality time with their pony.

Rachel is the Office Manager but she also arranges funerals and is an expert on Funeral Plans! Many of the local Keighley people will have seen her smiling face at the Keighley Shop at the top Cavendish Street, Keighley, directly next to the Cenotaph.