About Us

As an independent, family-run 7th generation, funeral directors, we focus on providing a personal, friendly, and respectful service at all times. Based in Chelmsford, Essex, we are here to help and assist you and your family through this difficult time. Established since the early 1800’s, as part of our funeral service, we take care of all the arrangements as well as providing advice and guidance on available funeral plans to meet your exact requirements.

T Pennack and Sons is a member of the NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors) and SAIF (The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors).

Our Family History

The Pennack family have lived in the village of Great Baddow since the early 1700’s. Charles Pennack (1740-1812) married Elizabeth Mulley, and their eldest son Charles (1771-1848) married Susannah Waller. Their eldest son, also Charles (1798-1871), became a carpenter and was the founder of the business T Pennack and Sons, with carpenters, builders, and undertakers. Charles married Elizabeth Saward who died in 1840 and then remarried in 1844 to Eliza Lucking.

James who was their eldest son (1847-1883), married Emily Butcher and ran the business from 1871 until his death in 1883. James’ 2 sons, Arthur and Charles emigrated to New Zealand and their descendants are still living there.

It was James’ brother Thomas (1851-1921) who was married to Hannah Butcher, and his eldest son William (1873-1924), who succeeded in the business, but sadly died at the age of 51. On his death two of his brothers Sidney (1879-1975) and Alfred (1881-1949) became partners in the business, until the death of Alfred, meant that Sidney became the sole proprietor.


Sidney’s youngest son David (1906-1992) succeeded in the business and his son Anthony together with his wife Angela, acquired the business in 1980 and are now the present owners. Their son Philip and one of their daughter’s Sarah, are both Directors of a well-established and highly regarded funeral directors, and this continues to the 7th generation of the 6 grandchildren.