We are very proud of the standard of service we provide to the local community, and strive to achieve perfection on every occasion.
The following are just a few of the testimonials we have received, both from families we have supported and cared for, and also from professionals within the Funeral profession:

I have known Paul for sixteen years in his capacity as Funeral Director in the Havant area. He is a highly motivated, professional individual. He is caring in his dealings with people. He is extremely patient. He appears to be a good leader with an ability to be decisive. He has a wonderful sense of humour and he does not buckle under pressure.

Over the years many people have spoken of his care for them at a time of deep distress. He has a genuine interest in other people, long after he has had dealings with them. Despite his profession he has a great, positive disposition towards life and the world. I know that he would bring a professionalism and an optimistic attitude to the position now sought

Father Tom GruffertyParish Priest - St Joseph's Catholic Church Havant & St Thomas Catholic Church, Emsworth

Just a little note to say thank you once again for conducting Alec’s funeral. Thank you for making it all run smoothly for us; from suggesting Reverend Stuart Silk to getting the boys organised, the printing of the order of service, which was absolutely beautiful, and of course for recommending Yvonne – her flowers are beautiful.
In fact, just thank you for everything, especially for the dignity and respect you conducted the whole procedure with.

Edith & CatherineThe family of the late Mr. Alexander Livingston Bain 'Alec'

I have known Paul Lee-Bapty for approximately 6-8 years and the dealings that we have had with Paul have been very professional and honourable.

I know that Paul has recently started a new business venture, with the opening of South Downs Funeral Home, and again in my opinion he has done a very professional job in the design of the conversion of The Old Post Office into a modern funeral home. Again Paul and his partners have made it a pleasure in doing business with them.

Mr Trevor DunnManaging Director - Morquip Limited

Paul Lee-Bapty really is the very epitome of a Funeral Director, the right person in every way for the task. He has always been scrupulous and meticulously attentive to detail, efficient in the extreme.

Yet I have also found him to be very courteous, compassionate and sympathetic, helpful and aware of the needs of mourners, always putting them at their ease on the day of a funeral.

He has always related well to any staff present, his own and the staff of cemeteries and crematoria, with whom he is popular.

Retired Clergyman

We have known Paul for many years through my late husband Dudley, a retired clergyman. When Dudley was taking funerals he often worked with Paul and had great respect for him and the way he conducted himself professionally.

He always found him courteous, sympathetic with a quiet dignity and gentle sense of humour. It was therefore comforting to all our family to find Paul again and personally experience these qualities and have his support when making the many arrangements for my husband’s funeral.

All the family thank Paul and the South Downs Funeral Service staff for the warmth and care given to making a distressing occasion bearable.

Heather VargasThe family of the late Mr Eric Arthur Dudley Vargas

During my recent bereavement, I was recommended by the ‘local community’ to contact South Downs Funeral Service – this is itself a testimonial.

On contact with Paul Lee-Bapty, I knew as a professional engineer that I was in the hands of an experienced professional.

His knowledge, attention to detail, together with his caring and patience was remarkable. A credit to his profession and indeed a credit to our community.

My family and I, are sincerely appreciative of South Downs Funeral Service and without reservation would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in bereavement.

Ron Hancox & FamilyDenmead

Dear Dee,

Thank you so much for being so kind to us on the day we came to arrange the funeral. You made it so much easier for us. The very best thing for caring for my husband, and doing his hair, it was perfect.

Mrs L & FamilyDenmead

Dear Paul and all at South Downs Funeral Service,

Thank you so much for all you did in making the funeral arrangements and ensuring everything went so smoothly. You provided the most unbelievable level of care and service. I do not think it could have been bettered. Your help and kindness with the finances were wll beyond what could be expected.

I cannot say how much I appreciate all you did and wish you all the very best in the future.

Mrs THambledon

I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support. You were absolutely brilliant and made it a lot easier for me at such a sad time.


Dear Paul, Jo, Maggie & Dee

Just wanted to say ‘Thanks For Everything’. All the care and support that you gave my family & myself. We will recommend you to all my family & friends.

Jenie & Family

Dear Paul,

I would like to thank you and your staff for the kind and professional way you supported myself and my family through the funeral arrangements for my mother.

Mrs GDenmead

Dear Paul & staff

Would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. What you done for me when my brother died. So kind & heartfelt. Words can’t really express how we feel. Again, thank you so much.

Mrs SEmsworth

Thank you so much for the kindness you have shown during such a sad time for our family. The funeral was conducted with such professionalism but also with great personal sensitivity.

Paul, I would like to add my own thanks once again for your time and patience, I really appreciate it.


Dear Paul & team

Thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome and a part of the team. I was so impressed by the dedication and attention you paid to every detail and the professionalism and dignity you showed to the deceased and their families.


Dear Paul,

Thank you so very much for all your help and support since our bereavement, it is very much appreciated. The family believe that her life was celebrated in the way she would have liked and enjoyed! Thanks to you and your team for having made that possible.

Mrs MDenmead

Dear Paul,

Thank you so very much for all your help and support since our bereavement, it is very much appreciated. The family believe that her life was celebrated in the way she would have liked and enjoyed!

Thanks to you and your team for having made that possible.

Mrs LDenmead

Dear Paul

Please accept this as a token of my appreciation for yourself and your staff who made a very sad & difficult situation more bearable.

Thank you so much.

Mrs PDenmead

Dear Paul

We all want to say thank you for your help with the funeral arrangements. Your pallbearers quietly and sensitively enabled the boys to carry the coffin, whilst your expertise and empathetic nature helped us make the right choices.

You always made us feel special by giving us your unlimited time and attention.

Mrs HRowlands Castle

Dear Paul

Thank you for all your help with my father’s funeral. You and your team made a very hard time a little easier for us. We appreciate your continued support.

Mrs MCWaterlooville

Dear Paul
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of my family and I to express our most grateful thanks to you and your colleagues for the help, guidance and patience to help us get through what was a very difficult time.

Everything ran so smoothly right up to and including the beautiful ceremony at South Downs Natural Burial site where we were not only able to celebrate my Wife’s life but to say our goodbyes with grace and dignity in a way she would have appreciated. Once again our sincere thanks, you are true professionals in what you do.

Mr LovedeanWaterlooville

Dear Paul & staff

I wanted to say thank you all for making the funeral so personal and special. If it is possible for a funeral to be a lovely day, then it was. I think it would have been exactly what my sister wanted. The care that you and your staff showed made a difficult time that much easier.

Mr & Mrs MMeon

Dear Paul

I’ve been meaning to write for some time, but the days just seem to slip by with little achieved. We would like to express our thanks for the dignified and compassionate manner in which you conducted our daughter’s funeral service, and for the help and guidance you and Dee provided throughout this very difficult time.

Mr & Mrs FLovedean

Dear Paul,

Thank you so much for your support and advice and for giving mum and all of us such a professional and personal service yesterday. Our thoughts obviously extend to Dee and your team who all helped yesterday run like clockwork.

C & JDenmead

Dear Paul

Thank you very much for your kindness and support at the time of our mother’s death. You and your team were very thoughtful and made the occasion as comforting and respectful as our mother would have liked.

Ms CDenmead