Sharron started with Macdonald & Weston in December of 2012.
Sharron had a lot of experience funeral directing from when she lived in Australia and believes the most important part of her job is listening & communication, in particular 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 of 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 Independent Funeral Homes in 2018.
She achieved one of her dreams by becoming JP in late 2019.
Greg has been a background member of our company since 2018 and we are grateful he is able to fully join us in 2020. Greg has gained some great experience with us in the prior years before coming on board in a full-time role and is comfortable in many of the positions within Macdonald & Weston.
Born and raised in Invercargill, Greg has a proud connection to Southland with his father’s Scottish parents stemming from Ohai-Nightcaps while his mother’s whānau, raised in Colac Bay, are associated to Ōraka-Aparima rūnaka and of Ngāi Tahu descent.
Greg’s commitment to his community has extended to interacting at a committee level for most of the clubs and organizations he has been involved with, giving him a great background to engage with the many varieties of people in our community. Greg holds the importance of ‘family’ in great regard and his high level of compassion and empathy is especially evident when he is supporting families at their most difficult times.
Lynley has been involved in the funeral industry for over 28 years. She had a few years break from the industry. An administration job opened up with us and after a chance meeting, she thankfully accepted our offer to join our family team here at Mcdonald & Weston. Her many years of service have given her the knowledge and confidence to help and assist with the many questions she gets during her day. She helps families choose headstones and monumental work. Away from work her passion is her lovely garden and loves to spend quality time there, she even loves mowing her lawns.
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".
Lori first approached us in 2016 expressing great interest in becoming an embalmer, over the next few years she showed us that she was very serious about this career choice. In 2018 Lori came onboard as a trainee Embalmer. After a short hiatus, she has returned as a permanent member of the Macdonald & Weston team. She is very passionate about her job and feels it is a great honour to be able to assist families through the grief process through embalming.
Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her husband and children. She loves cooking and music and is very passionate about animal welfare.
David gave up his job in 2015 to run the Casket/Back Room and to help out with Funeral Director's 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 wonderful 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 design 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 hobby of HO scale model trains. His (3) three "Great Little Train Show" layouts keep him busy, with one even going to the Dunedin show most years and is a small part of the Southland Society of Model Engineers here in Invercargill.