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Wilson Fraser - J Fraser & Sons, Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons

Wilson Fraser

Managing Director & Funeral Director

Wilson is the Managing Director of J Fraser and Sons Ltd and is very proud of being a fourth generation family member of Southland’s longest serving funeral home. He fondly recalls the days when his grandparent’s family home was part of the original funeral premises on the corner of Kelvin and Spey Streets – spending hours at a time exploring the casket-making workshop, and the “yard” where stacked Rimu timbers required 3 months of drying before going through the painstaking process of dressing and shaping and polishing before use as a finished casket. Wilson joined the family business in 1978, at the age of 24, then completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1979, before gaining qualifications in Embalming, and Funeral Directing in 1982 and 1993 respectively. This resulted in formal membership of the New Zealand Funeral Directors’ Association (FDANZ) as a Registered Funeral Director, as well as membership of the New Zealand Embalmers’ Association (NZEA). Wilson actively continues his involvement in all aspects of funeral arrangements as well as the embalming procedures. He rates these activities as his most satisfying, because there is no greater calling than to be helping grieving families at a time of their greatest need. Outside of working hours, Wilson and his wife Gayle enjoy doing things together, like walking, cycling or swimming, or relaxing with friends over a cup of coffee.

Rachael Crothers


Caring for your loved one with compassion and dignity…..

Rachael is married to her best friend Keith and the proudest mother of her twin daughters aged 17, born in Southland and very fortunate to have brought her girls up in such a loyal and caring region. 

Rachael’s past working history has been 16 years in the banking industry assisting and helping members. Her customer service skills and abilities are at the forefront of her mind with everyone she meets. Rachael was recently awarded the Rotary Award for “dedication and commitment to excellence in the workplace”.

Rachael’s leisure time is spent in the boxing ring and working out, pounding the pavements with walking, spending many hours in her kitchen cooking and baking and relaxing in Arrowtown. Rachael’s family life gives her a wonderful balance.

“I feel extremely lucky, privileged and so very blessed to be working in this industry, able to assist and guide families through extremely difficult times and to leave a memory in their hearts”.

Hamish MacPherson - J Fraser & Sons - Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons

Hamish MacPherson

Funeral Director


I was born and raised in Southland (with a strong Stewart Island connection). I started in the funeral industry when I was 19 years old and have been in the industry for 20 years. I have gained both the Funeral Directing (1995) and Embalming qualifications (1990) and now hold a Diploma in Funeral Services.


I get great satisfaction being a funeral director and being able to help families in their greatest time of need. It is a great privilege and honour to be able to assist families at such a difficult time in their lives and I try to go the extra mile to ensure that families wishes are accommodated wherever possible.


I am married to Elaine and we have two daughters, Kate and Abby. In my spare time I enjoy annoying and embarrassing my children, watching their sporting endeavours, running, winning at squash and mountain biking.

Mandy Stephens - J Fraser & Sons - Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons

Mandy Stephens

Embalming & Funeral Service Assistance

Hi, my name is Amanda Stephens, and I am known as Mandy. I was born and raised in Gore, and attended Fiordland College in Te Anau.I am now settled into life in Invercargill, and I have three young adult children of whom I am very proud.


I have been a part of J Fraser and Sons’ funeral home for over fourteen years. For the first nine years I was involved with the catering division, and since 2006 I have ventured into the embalming, and assistant to the funeral director. I have a special passion for looking after families and their loved ones, and ensuring that their time spent with them is a memorable and special time.


In my own spare time I enjoy being with family and friends and my wee dog Rosie.

Darrin Christie - J Fraser & Sons, Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons

Darrin Christie

Funeral Director


I am a fairly recent addition to the Funeral Directing staff at J. Fraser & Sons Ltd. My role is to direct and assist with all aspects of funeral services. My past experiences are in other fields, but my life’s path has given me a good foundation for this work. I feel that it is an honour and a priveledge to assist bereaved families in what is possibly their greatest time of need.


I grew up around rest homes in Otago and had close association with various churches of different denominations and their choirs. My working life for about 15 years prior to joining the team at Frasers was mostly tutoring and training people to use their computers, at times in classrooms and at other times visiting communities throughout Southland. I have been involved with a local Scout group for over ten years, with roles that include as a committee member and property manager for their camp site.


My family is also very important to me. I am married with four boys between us. I come from a Southland family and so does my wife.

Sharon Gardyne



Sharon Gardyne was born in Queenstown and raised in Southland. Her varied careers have always involved people and administration.


Just prior to Christmas 1994 Sharon travelled to Haiti for 30 days, working along side a N.Z. Doctor and his wife serving among the poor and in 1996 she left for 7 years voluntary work in Tanzania, East Africa.


On her return to N.Z. in 2003, Sharon joined the team at J Fraser and Sons Ltd, in the role of Office Administrator and latterly Bereavement Support Co-ordinator.


Her passions are: Church, family, friends, music, animals, and coffee. 


Winton & Districts Funeral Services

Managing Funeral Director

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Funeral Director - NZ DIP FD



We plan for nearly every financial eventuality we may face in life; we invest for our retirement and have health insurance and house and contents insurance. Yet when it comes to funerals, many of us don't like to think about them, let alone plan in advance.

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Upcoming Events

Bereavement Support group meetings for 2016:

  • Saturday 27 February at 2pm
  • Saturday 14 May at 2pm
  • Saturday 13 August at 2pm
  • Saturday 12 November at 2pm

•Craig Stoneman •Darrin Christie •Wilson Fraser •Hamish MacPherson •Phil Llwellyn •Rachael Crothers •Kerry de Garnham •Amanda Stephens

Our team will guide your family through the many choices and options available, with knowledge and expertise concerning all aspects of funeral service.