Now in the hands of the third generation, Heathfield Funeral Service and C. Waterhouse and Sons have always had a member of the Waterhouse Family at the helm who has actively been involved in the day to day management of the business and always been accessible to the many families we have looked after during this time.


Charlie Waterhouse

Charlie Waterhouse

Born in Burwash in 1904, he acquired premises and established C Waterhouse & Sons, General Builders and Undertakers in 1926. Having completed his apprenticeship, he was a skilled carpenter whose reputation for quality work spread quickly. Mr & Mrs Rudyard Kipling were regular clients. Charlie made all the coffins himself, from Oak or Elm with a hand waxed finish and the undertaking side of the business grew steadily, supported by his wife Louisa in the office who answered the phone and kept the accounts, plus other family who helped with bearing and many other tasks. C Waterhouse & Sons remains a family business at its heart, today.

Dorothy Waterhouse


A former nurse, Dorothy Waterhouse began helping her father with running C. Waterhouse & Sons in her early 20s, after the death of her mother. As her father approached retirement, she gradually took on more of the work, from cleaning the cars to doing the accounts, expansion through the acquisition of Heathfield Funeral Service and everything in between. Several years down the line and she has seen death in many forms, from harsh and sudden to gentle and long-expected. But her overriding ethos, which still permeates every fibre of the business today, is to care for the families involved, to encourage a positive attitude and to support their individual wishes and arrangements. Dorothy is still very much involved in the business, but now also enjoys time walking Bertie (her Sussex Spaniel), across the fields surrounding Burwash and developing her skills as an artist.

Tim Waterhouse

tim-waterhouseTim joined the company 20 years ago having previously worked for an insurance company. Tim is the third generation of the family to be responsible for running the business on a day to day basis, co-ordinating our two offices and ensuring that the highest standards are consistently maintained. He is a keen golfer and Past President of Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club for whom he continues to devote much time. He is also a Local Councillor and is President of Horam Bowls Club.