Our People

Richie Waters

Managing Director / Funeral Director / Embalmer

Richie’s youthful appearance and manner belies his experience and expertise as a qualified Funeral Director and one of the region’s best embalmers – driven by a near-death experience as a child.

His almost 30 years’ background in caring and bereavement gives him a unique ability to understand your needs and feelings, focusing on your wishes, ensuring that your expectations are met. Although he’s on call literally 7 days, he’s also proud father to 3 children with Caroline and makes time to share in their activities.

Ivan Waters

Director

You may have heard of Ivan through his successful memorial and concreting business that works around the region.

But not everyone know that he is also a founding Partner and Director of our funeral business – and works with us behind the scenes as an embalmer.

Ivan is not only Richie’s business partner, but also his father – a relationship reflected in the dedication to service that both bring to you and your family.

Caroline Waters

Manager of Operations 

Caroline has an acute awareness of grief and loss and understands the challenges that can confront you and your family at a vulnerable time. Most times, she’s working behind the scenes, liaising and networking with community agencies, health providers and associated groups.     Caroline’s diligence, gentleness and empathy provides valuable support to our funeral team, ensuring you get the response and efficiency you’d expect when you entrust arrangements to us.

Reon Scharvi

J.P Funeral Director

Reon has vast experience in dealing with grieving families from his time as the Coordinator for Bereavement Care Services, Middlemore Hospital.

Whether you find yourself dealing with the loss of a child, a death referred to the Coroner or a loved family member who has passed away for whatever reason, Reon is a lovely person to have alongside guiding and helping you.

You’ll appreciate his calm methodical nature, borne of strong family values and experience in dealing with people of diverse cultures and religion.

Born and raised in Pukekohe, he is Maori/ European, his maternal side being the Tuhimata Whanau (Ngati Tiipa o Waikato Tainui) and paternal side the Scharvi Family from the Papakura/Manurewa district.

Lynda Sloman

Funeral Director

You could consider yourself “blessed” having Lynda alongside you arranging your loved one’s funeral.

A Funeral Director since 2008, Lynda previously worked as a caregiver with dementia patients and those at end of life. She was also for many years a coordinator of home care for the elderly and disabled.

Although working between our two homes, Lynda is based in Pukekohe where she moved because of her love for the area. Outside of work hours, you’ll usually find her with her children and two grandchildren.

John Cross

Assistant Funeral Director

John is the “uncle” of our family – Caroline’s Uncle to be exact. And he’s been part of our funeral directing family since 2011.  John has Niuean heritage and is locally born and raised.  Originally a graphic artist, John gained impressive people-skills in the hospitality industry. Helping us grow our business was a natural step….and these days you’ll find him liaising with families from our many communities who appreciate his quiet empathy and understanding.  Not surprisingly, many families end up calling him “Uncle” at the end of funeral arrangements…

Abby Sillence

Assistant Funeral Director

Tuakau-born and bred Abby loves doing the work she used to wonder about for years as a child. So, upon leaving school, she gained a year’s work experience with another funeral home. From a young age, she aspired to help people through a difficult time.  And that’s what she’s doing – now assisting our bereaved families and working behind the scenes.

But don’t think of her as being sombre or serious. Behind her calm demeanour is a competitive hip hop dancer – something that’s back stage at present because of the erratic hours of our work.