Our years of service will
serve you well
When you place your trust in W.G. Catto you can expect the highest standards of professionalism, compassionate care and a truly distinct service. Whatever you need, whatever your plans, lean on our experience.
W.G. Catto has been an established Moray based, family run, funeral director for over 100 years. Originally listed as joiner, upholsterer and cabinetmaker, the family manufactured coffins for customers as part of their service. Like many joiners during the the early 20th Century, this provision gradually extended to arranging the whole funeral. In 1980 Willie Catto died and his widow Moira sold the business to Forres based undertaker and joiner, Sandy Smith a year later and it was loosely renamed to Smith & Catto. In 2003, Sandy sought out another family business with ethics and experience to take on the legacy of his own. William Purves, with its five generations and reputation for premier funeral services was a natural fit.
Today our values of compassion, dedication, integrity and respect are at the heart of W.G. Catto.
The four-strong team continue supporting bereaved families in Elgin, Forres and the wider Moray area and earning their trust
Helping you honour their lifeAs the final ritual of life, a funeral is our way of saying goodbye, honouring a life lived and a life loved. Funerals play an important role in our grieving process and often we can feel a huge responsibility to get it right. Which is why we start with the view that every funeral is unique and every funeral is special. In years to come we want you to look back without regret and take comfort from the way you laid your loved one to rest. We have been guiding and supporting families through bereavement for many generations. Let our family help your family by sharing with you the wealth of understanding and experience we have gathered over the years.
News & Blog
News & Blog
"It's reassuring to have all these details ironed out and in a plan for the family to follow."
"... our plans will ensure that the children have a clear idea of what we want and we've put a significant sum towards paying for it."
"Your Plan of Wishes checklist has enabled the whole family to tackle a subject we'd been avoiding for a long time."
Facing loss is tough at any time but there's a particular tragedy for bereaved families separated by thousands of miles. More recently, that bitter experience is shared by those who may not be physically that far apart, but lockdown, self-isolating or quarantining...
James Morris, our managing director and funeral director for 30 years explores the impact death has in the digital world of 2021. A few months ago, one of my colleagues received a message on his phone. From his reaction, something was obviously not quite right. He...
Comparing the last 12 months to the year before, we have seen a shift towards funeral events that were highly personal. A key element of the uniqueness was often the coffin. At the heart of a funeral, it’s the recognisable stand-out moment. This is especially true at...