2017 current day

2017: 31st August saw the end of an era as John Clarke (second generation in the family firm) passed away at the age of 91. In recognition of his many years serving the local community, s.clarke+son set up a living legacy in his memory, awarding grant funding to 9 local charities. Also an international grant was awarded allowing a new primary school to be built in Uganda along with sponsorship of a youth development project.


To acknowledge 100 years in business, s.clarke+son undertook a major refurbishment programme across both branches. Air conditioning was added to both funeral churches along with increased office and ancillary areas. The results are enhanced facilities that offer ease of access to high–quality, tranquil and serene surroundings. See the refurbished funeral homes:

2019: The historic Flax House, adjacent to the existing premises, was purchased and converted into further offices and arranging rooms. The beautiful Priory Walled Garden to the rear would become a unique outdoor funeral venue during the 2020 spring–summer Covid 19 restrictions.

2019: 101 years after Samuel started the family business in Greenwell Street, Newtownards, his great–grandson, Jonathan Clarke joined his dad, Jim, in the firm full–time.

2020–22: A challenging time for us all, new strategies were introduced to allow funeral and memorial arrangements to be done remotely. With the lockdown and closure of cemeteries, some funerals had to proceed without family members. Graveside video recordings were offered to allow families to feel less disconnected. Restricted numbers in our funeral churches meant an increase in LIVEstreaming and video recordings of funerals.

The Future: In business over a century, s.clarke+son remains a privately–owned, independent family firm. Today the company is run by the 3rd and 4th generations of the local Clarke family, as they continue to serve the community in Ards and North Down.

S. Clarke & Son - since 1918