John made the firm far more professional by concentrating on Funeral Provision and relinquished our “Roots” car dealership; he expanded into Bathgate 1960’s, Armadale 1970’s, and Whitburn 1980’s. During this time he built up a reputation of trust and provided a level of service unprecedented within Scottish funeral care professionals. He was the Scottish President of the NAFD and pioneered local funeral home provision.
(James Brodie Funeral Directors)
(The Firm of James Brodie)
The firm started as a Garage, Motor Hirer, Taxi and Ambulances. In those days, miners paid a penny a week to have an ambulance stationed outside every pit head. In the event of an accident these would ensure swift transfer to the local hospital. Jimmy also bought a Rolls Royce hearse and started to hire out this and other cars to Undertakers in the locality. Shortly afterwards he started to conduct funerals.
The volume was very small and local to Harthill.
History of Brodies
A Brief Timeline
Jim & Wilma Brodie
(Brodies Funeral Services)