Founding Partners

Danny & Chris Brooks

Danny has been funeral directing for twenty nine years. He is the third generation of his family to be in the profession. Having gained experience in a large city funeral directors, he followed his early desire to be an independent family funeral director by the sea and opened a funeral home in Lee-on-the-Solent in 1998. Dedication, care and attention to detail have seen the service become a highly regarded funeral director in the area. In 1999 Danny opened a second shop in Stoke Road, Gosport. As the two businesses grew he was joined by his wife Chris in 2003. Chris has 13 years’ experience working in funerals.

In May of 2008, to accommodate their growing business, Danny and Chris moved across the High Street from number 81 to number 82-84. This afforded them the opportunity to take up residence above the premises, thus allowing them more time to devote to helping bereaved families.

Danny is one of the founder members of Crofton Lions and enjoys his involvement with their many charitable events, his favourite being Father Christmas on the Santa Sleigh.


The Team

Stuart Cockroft

Funeral Director

After having served in the Royal Navy for 15 years as a submariner, Stuart took up employment with British Airways. In between his shifts at BA, Stuart began working for Solent Funeral Services as a driver. He soon realized that funeral directing was the career he wanted to pursue. After taking up full time employment with Solent Funeral Services, he became a fully qualified funeral director in 2006. Stuart is based in the Lee-on-the-Solent office.

Kerry Parrett

Funeral Director

Whilst at college, Kerry was keen to gain experience working in a funeral home. She started work experience with Solent Funeral Services and soon proved to be invaluable. In March 2010 Kerry gained her diploma in Funeral Directing and is now Gosport’s only qualified lady funeral director. Kerry is based at our Gosport office.

Caroline Pelley


After serving 8 years in the Royal Navy as a Communicator, Caroline left the forces to support her husband in the British Army and bring up her 2 children. When her children became of school going age, she decided to follow the path of her chosen career and started work experience at Solent Funeral Services. After 6 months, she was offered full time employment, and is now our Embalmer. Caroline is based at the Lee-on-the-Solent office.

Julie Janet Barber


After working for more than 35 years as a Nurse and bringing up her four children, Julie often thought of working within the Funeral Profession, and in 2011 began working in all areas within Solent Funeral Services. She soon realised that this was the job for her and since then found the job very rewarding and fulfilling.

Julie also does training to raise awareness of the work we do for Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Doctors Surgery Staff. She also co-ordinates the PR work for Solent Funeral Services raising money for different charities. Julie is based at our Gosport Office.