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About Us

Gooding Funeral Services; Who We Are & Why We Care

Formally Hugh Gooding Funeral Services; Gooding Funeral Services is a family-friendly, funeral firm located less than two and a half miles from Leeds City Centre, motorways, mainline train station and arterial road networks. Our central location helps us to offer bereaved people a service that is both convenient and efficient.

We are proud to have now had three generations working in our independent, family owned funeral firm. Our family's historic ties to the NHS means that we have lived, helped and cared for the people of Leeds for well over 60 years. We feel proud to carry the Gooding name - which we never shorten or change spelling.

We consider our work to be our vocation; we work within the funeral profession because we too have suffered the loss of a loved one and we know the level of service that we'd expect to receive from a professional funeral provider.

Our funeral directors are National Association of Funeral Directors qualified; each also being individual members of the British Institute of Funeral Directors. Our staff is comprised mostly of Leeds locals - so we know our city like the back of our hand.

As experts in modern and traditional funerals and as specialists in the provision of personalised and Celebration of Life, we are honoured to have served families across Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Wakefield, Manchester and across the North of England during their greatest time of need.

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"At a time when what you cherish most is knowing that your loved one who has passed is being cared for by a professional, sensitive organisation, we could not have asked for more. This team of amazing people made one of the saddest days of my life, one of the most beautiful days. I cannot think of that day without smiling. That is precious ❤️ "

Karen Cruise

Our Services


Our families place great store by the service they receive; we know, because they tell us so.

We truly value our clients; their opinion of us and of the service they receive, is of utmost importance. Our aim is to provide an exemplary service and to always exceed our clients' expectations.


A Caring and Sympathetic Service

You will always be welcomed with a warm smile and a caring, professional service, that only an independent funeral directors can give.

By choosing - our independent funeral directors, you will always be treated as an individual. Your wishes will be listened to carefully and your requirements will be understood and met. You will be guided and advised throughout the arrangements, so that the practical side of your bereavement will be made manageable for you. 

It's because we work closely with our clients, that you can be sure you'll receive an occasion that is faithful to the memory of the person you have lost.

You will be guided and supported every step of the way.

Areas We Cover

As funeral directors in Leeds, we continue to support bereaved families with loved ones in St James' Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary - as well as those of St. Gemma's and Wheatfields Hospices.

Our family-friendly service is often contacted to help private individuals and residential care homes around the city including; Adel, Armley, Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Gledhow, Harehills, Headingley, Horsforth, Hyde Park, Kirkstall, Little London, Meanwood, Moor Allerton, Moortown, Morley, Oakwood, Potternewton, Pudsey, Roundhay, Scott Hall, Seacroft, Shadwell and Wortley.

In addition to helping families across Leeds, Gooding Funeral Services throughout the entire Yorkshire region and the North.

Your Expectations

No two clients are the same and because our clients needs are always vary, we work hard to exceed the expectations of the individuals whom we serve.

You will be served by people who understand people. We understand the importance of doing things your way; of doing things the way your loved one would have wanted. What is important to you will always be important to us.

Funeral rites and practices vary across countries and continents and they often do so on a very local level too. We value the importance of all funeral traditions, customs and practices.

Born and bred, with strong ties to the local area; our funeral directors are uniquely positioned to serve all inhabitants of today’s metropolitan conurbation.

Professional Pride

So whether you a thinking of purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan, arranging a funeral, or buying a cremation urn, ashes casket, memorial keepsake or memorial masonry or even if you need help with domestic or international repatriation; you will be given guidance, choice, quality and value with every service, every step of the way.

We are not bound by the constraints of a remote head office or large corporation, so you can be assured that you'll always receive greater choice and affordability across all of our funeral products and services.

By choosing us, you will receive a qualified and professional service that is backed up by two recognised trade organisations. You will also benefit from greater product variety, genuine market choice and real value for money.

Our Team

The Gooding Family

Each member of the Gooding team family is dedicated to their vocation and is invaluable to our company and to our clients. Put simply, we genuinely love what we do; we value those with whom we work and those of whom we serve. Our team members are:

Owner Directors;

Xina Gooding Broderick, Peter Broderick and Gay Gooding Kershaw

Xina is also an Executive Member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (Yorkshire Region), Trustee for Leeds Bereavement Forum and a Steering Committee Member for Dying Matters Leeds. Additionally, Xina is a recognised public speaker, member of the British Speaking Association, a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, is widely acknowledged as an inspirational funeral director and is a regular contributor on the Andrew Edwards Show, BBC Radio Leeds.

The first funeral Xina ever directed, was father's - Hugh Gooding.

Memorial and Funeral Plans;

Des (appointments Thursday - Friday)

Sanjaye (appointments Monday - Wednesday)

Funeral Arranger and Operative;


Senior Funeral Operatives;

Ashley, Johnny and Maggie

Junior Operative;

Joshua Broderick


Malachi Gooding

Help & Advice

Our Founder

Hugh Gooding

Having lost his father at home in Harehills some 5 years earlier, it was the death of his mother Beryl at St Gemma's Hospice in 1998, which truly inspired Hugh Gooding to become a funeral director.

Hugh was a real local lad who had lived in Leeds for almost 60 years. He had moved with his mother as a very small child, to join his father here in in the early 1950's. He loved everything about his city and his knowledge of Leeds and the surrounding area was unrivalled.

Hugh spent almost 10 years training with both independent and corporate funeral firms including Co-operative Group and Dignity across the region before he went on to qualify as a funeral director. He launched Hugh Gooding Funeral Services in May 2007 and immediately became the first black funeral director, of independent status in the North of England and only one of two black funeral directors in the UK at the time.

Hugh’s ethos was to provide personalised, compassionate care and an excellent standard of service to everyone. A naturally likeable chap, Hugh fostered warmth with the professional relationships he developed and his genuine caring and friendly demeanour was always received favourably those fortunate enough to have met him.

Sadly, following a short illness in 2012, Hugh passed away. His his memory and his work lives on.

Trade Associations

Gooding Funeral Services Trade Associations

Gooding Funeral Services has a proud industry association with the following businesses, trade associations and charities.

Our relationship with reputable organisations such as Digital Autopsy, Federation of Small Business, the national Association of Funeral Directors, Dying Matters and more helps us to bring you the best, professional funeral service possible.

Our private ambulance call-out collection service is available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year. Private viewing is by appointment.

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