It’s with great sadness that we begin 2020 faced with the sudden loss of our dear friend and integral member of our association, Matthew Gallagher, who passed away on Sunday 29 December.

Matthew was not only a great contributor to SAIFCharter and the funeral profession more widely but was also a genuine, warm person. It was Matthew’s enthusiasm and professionalism which drove forward the interests of the working groups in which he was involved. Matthew also carried an energy and sense of fun which made the times we spent with him both engaging and positive experiences, you always left any meeting with Matthew with more of a smile than when you arrived.

On behalf of the SAIFCharter Executive and our wider network, I would like to not only extend our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Matthew but to also take a moment to recognise how thankful we all are to have had Matthew in our organisation and in our lives. 

Matthew’s funeral service will take place on Saturday 18th January 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield at 12:30pm. Further details, including how to make a donation in Matthew’s memory, are available at

Adam Ginder

SAIFCharter Chairman