Sharron Hanley

Sharron Hanley

Managing Director

Sharron started with Macdonald & Weston in December of 2012.

Sharron had a lot of experience from when she lived in Australia in Funeral Directing, and believes the most important part of her job is listening & communicating. In particular at the first meeting where the arrangements are made. “Having time to listen, not hurrying anyone, is so important in understanding what family’s needs are.

In 2015 Sharron and her husband David bought Macdonald & Weston, so that it remained a local family owned and operated Home for the needs and wants for the families of Southland and surrounding districts.

Sharron obtained her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2014 and her Diploma of Embalming in 2017. The Company also rejoined FDANZ( Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand} in June 2015 and was invited to join the NZIFH, New Zealand Independant Funeral Homes in 2018.

She acheived one of her dreams by becoming JP in late 2019.

Sandy

Sandy

Funeral Director

Sandy started  with Macdonald & Weston back in mid-2013,  unfortunately it was only a part-time position. We are now  happy to announce that we have been able to entice Sandy back for a full time postion to join our family team. Sandy’s dedication, compassion and understanding have been the foundation of her interest in funeral services and are key in helping her improve her skills for her role. Sandy is very happy to be part of the Macdonald and Weston family again and we are very happy to have her back. Every job is always completed well, she is always first to say "well done".

David

David

Funeral Director

David started in 2015 to run the Casket/Back Room and to help out with Funeral Directors assistant duties. He’s often busy with the polishing and maintenance of the hearses and the fitting out of all the caskets , he also creates our  DVD reflections/Slideshows and audio CDs, as well as doing Sound Technician duties as required. He is also our main Designer, designing our Sevice Sheets, adding to our Website, Memorial Books Etc, Etc.

All the casket preparation is done with attention to even the smallest detail. There is no job too big or small and it’s all done with a smile. David believes in that attention to detail with all he does, "if it`s worth doing, it`s worth doing well", his dedication helps a lot towards making things run smoothly.

Away from work he loves to spend time on his HO scale model trains. His (3) three "Great Little Train Show" layouts keep him busy, with one even going to the Dunedin show.

Lori

Lori

Embalmer

Lori  came to us after having a long term interest in embalming for many years, even having a large ecletic collection of antique embalming tools! She literally pestered us for a position over an 18 month period and showed us that she had the deep commitment needed. She started in a part time position at first and after we saw her passion, she joined us in 2018 in a more full time position. She is extremly passionate about what she does and believes in treating everyone with compassion & respect, always giving 110% to everything she does. When she is not at work she spends quality time with her husband and two children

Our Team | Macdonald and Weston