Southland born and bred, Averill pursued her career into the funeral industry in 2009 after moving from Mossburn to Winton. After having jobs as a preschool supervisor and a primary school administrator, Averill took the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong wish to work with the bereaved and care for their loved ones.
Averill qualified in 2011 with the National Diploma in Funeral Directing and in 2012 she got the opportunity to manage the Winton branch overseeing the administration as well as continue Funeral Directing and embalming.
“I feel very blessed to work with the bereaved and their loved ones in this lifetime. The special people we meet, the stories told, the memories shared and the personal feel of a small community. With courage, compassion and acceptance of everyone you meet, I am proud to be a part of the Funeral Industry”.
In her spare time, Averill loves spending time with her two adult children, family and friends. She has a love for animals, gardening, spending the day at the beach, photography, escaping to the movies and going on road trips capturing memories, especially Waipapa Point on the Catlins Coast or Arrowtown in Central Otago, especially in Autumn.
David Fraser - Funeral Director
I have been in the funeral industry for eight years. Previously, I have owned a farm at Balfour, and combined with a shearing business, have done farm-related work all my life, but the opportunity arose to serve Southland families in a different way.
“I thoroughly enjoy forming relationships with people, and the funeral industry allows for this in a very special and privileged way”.
I trained as a funeral director at the beginning of my funeral career and have recently become a NZ registered qualified embalmer. I take great pride in ensuring that the final tribute by families for their loved ones is truly theirs, and I see my role as guidance and assistance through this process.
Married with 3 adult children ,I live near Gore, my family, farm, hunting and fishing, trail bike riding, reading and world affairs, gives me pleasure and a change of focus outside of funeral work.