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Independent Family Run Funeral Directors, Caring For The Community For Over 60 Years


St Mary's Light House

As a family-run company, R. Johnson Funeral Directors has served the local community in North Tyneside for decades. Our team adheres to the highest standards at all times, and the funeral planning services that we provide are compassionate and caring. We offer a range of options for clients, from traditional funerals to motorbike services and woodland burials. Our values, commitment, and value for money have remained unflinching since the business was established.

Services We Offer

  • Memorials
  • Floral Tributes
  • Obituary Notices
  • Catering
  • Arrangements
  • Horse-Drawn and Carriages
  • Woodland Burials
  • Religious or Non-Religious Services
  • Organists and Pipers
  • Motorbike Service
  • Executive/ Luxury Vehicles 
  • Orders of Service


The Two Parts of Funeral Costs

Funeral costs are divided into two parts; the provision of our services and third-party disbursements that we settle on your behalf. Our upfront, honest approach means that you can have confidence that there are no unexpected surprises with us.

Our funeral costs include:

  • Professional Services and Administration Fees
  • Removal of the Body to Our Private Chapel of Rest
  • Preparation and Dressing in Our Private Chapel of Rest
  • Veneered Coffin, Complete with Fixtures and Gown
  • Four Coffin Bearers and an Executive Hearse

Third-party disbursements include things that alter the style of your funeral. A full breakdown of these costs is always provided for this, meaning there are no hidden costs. These services include:

  • Flowers
  • Doctor’s Certificates
  • Church or Crematorium Fees
  • Burial Fees and Grave Purchase Fees
  • Organist
  • Ceremony Service Sheets 
  • Newspaper Announcements

All of these fees are paid through us to lessen the burden during this difficult time.

Paying for the Funeral

Funeral services typically cost from £2613.50, including third party costs. This price is dependent on the type of funeral you choose, and we offer a range of extra services, including:

  • Memorials
  • Floral Tributes
  • Obituary Notices
  • Catering Arrangements
  • Horse-Drawn Carriages
  • Woodland Burials
  • Religious or Non-Religious Services
  • Organs and Pipers
  • Motorbike Service
  • Executive/ Luxury Vehicles 
  • Orders of Service

When you’re coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of a funeral. We tailor each funeral to meet your budget, making it as simple or as grand as you desire.

Once you decide to entrust the funeral of your loved one to our care, we ask for a deposit to cover the cost of disbursements. We then work closely with you to ensure that the funeral matches your needs and budget.

After the funeral has taken place, we send the final account to you or your solicitor for settling within four weeks

To arrange a written quote or to discuss your funeral requirements, please get in touch.

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

Many people prefer to plan for the future, including making arrangements for after they die. This helps to relieve their family of the burden of having to finance the cost of their funeral. Planning ahead need not cost the Earth, and this is why we offer advice on pre-paid funeral plans so that you know that, when the time comes, everything is taken care of.

With a Golden Charter pre-paid funeral plan, you can be confident that, for an affordable monthly fee, the financing of your funeral is looked after. With your money wisely invested by a panel of independent trustees, rest assured that everything is secure until the time comes for your family to access the funds to pay for your funeral costs.

By choosing to plan ahead for your funeral, you’ll benefit from:

  • Peace of Mind Knowing That Everything Is Taken Care of in Advance
  • The Reassurance That Your Family Won’t Have to Cope with Any Uncertainty or Worries about Your Funeral Arrangements
  • Saving Money by Fixing the Cost of Your Funeral at Today’s Prices
  • Complete Financial Security - Your Money Is Held Securely
  • A Guarantee of Nothing More to Pay for the Services within Our Control

Three Plans to Choose from

With Golden Charter, there are a number of options to match your budget and preferences. Each specifies particular requirements, and we’re happy to assist you in your choice and answer any questions you may have in a sensitive manner.

There are three plans to choose from:

  • The Simple Way
       - This is for those who wish for a simple, straightforward funeral covering all the essentials
  • The Traditional Way
       - Perfect for those who wish for a more traditional approach; including a superior coffin, the use of a chapel of rest, and transport provision for close relatives or friends.
  • The Exclusive Way
       - This service covers all aspects of the funeral, including a high-quality coffin, additional transport provision for relatives or friends, and a full listing of floral tributes.

We’re also able to provide tailored plans for customers. To do this we sit down with you and go through all of your requirements. We believe that Golden Charter offers an exceptional service, with great value for money and excellent flexibility. You’re able to pay in a single payment or spread the cost for up to 10 years.

Acceptance is guaranteed, regardless of age or state of health. Please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to talk to our staff about what you are looking for, or pop into our welcoming premises in North Shields for a personal conversation.


In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we're proud to announce that at R Johnson/E-Turnbull & Sons we can now supply custom-made protective screens for our limousines and carriages. We believe safety is paramount, and with these screens, we can ensure that families are transported to and from funerals with peace of mind.

Contact us, in North Tyneside, to find out more about our traditional funeral planning services.