Proudly continuing a family tradition, Mark is a third generation Graham leading the team at Grahams Funeral Services. He completed his schooling at Tuakau and then Pukekohe High School before studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Auckland University. He joined the company in 1988 after leaving an accounting career spent working in Auckland, Perth and London. Completing his Funeral Directing qualification in 1997 he took over the reins from his father Bruce in 2002. A caring person who enjoys helping people in the community, he is a proud Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Pukekohe, and also a founding Trustee of the Franklin Silver Lining Trust, which provides special breaks for people facing adversity in their lives. Married to Sharon, formerly a local high school teacher, they enjoy living on a small rural lifestyle block. They have three, now adult children, Sebastian, Meisha and Jared. After the introduction of new financial ownership in November 2019, Mark is still committed to ensuring that his Grahams team provide a caring professional service that facilitates a meaningful and memorable farewell, in the style the family chooses.
Having been involved with the family firm for nearly 50 years, Lynne has a wealth of experience and has always found her work challenging and rewarding, to be there with families in their time of need, to guide and support them through their grief. She values very much the wonderful friendships that have evolved from her work and this is what contributes to the great satisfaction she gets from working with families. She also considers it a privilege to work with the different cultures in our community. Lynne enjoys being able to be involved in the final presentation of the deceased and families often express how pleased and grateful they are at how their loved ones look for the viewing. Lynne is married to former managing director Bruce and is Mark’s mum. They also have another son Ross and a daughter Megan, who has recently become a qualified celebrant and assists in the business when asked to lead a service. Lynne is a longtime member of the St John’s Anglican Church Council and a strong supporter of the church activities.
Lynn currently lives in Pukekohe and has spent most of her life in the Franklin district. For many years, she worked in retail and joined Grahams after working in the Public Health system and at a local medical practice. Work and life experiences have given her good preparation for her role as a funeral director / embalmer. She finds her work rewarding, meeting the needs of families and creating a memorable farewell for her client families is important to Lynn. She enjoys travelling, gardening and has a love of animals. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Sheryl is our receptionist and office administrator. She supports the funeral team in various aspects of funeral service with her caring, conscientious and helpful manner. During the day she is often the first point of contact with Grahams.
She has volunteered her time on local committees in support of her children and has been employed in roles with schools, local authorities and commercial businesses. Sheryl is married to Graeme, both born and raised in the Franklin District. They have two adult sons.
... and yet another Lynn - but this one is a bloke. This Lynn previously lived in Waiuku 1972 - 1992 where his son Arron and daughter Paula grew up and did their schooling. He returned to live in Waiuku in February 2013 when his wife Sharron purchased the clothing alterations business in the main street of Pukekohe; renamed Stitches. Like Mark, his family background is the funeral profession; his grandfather starting a funeral service in Taranaki back in the 1940’s with Lynn’s dad being a funeral director. This business is still operating today. Lynn has a wide range of experience having been a locum funeral director, standing in for staff at funeral homes when they needed to have some time off, prior to joining Grahams. Lynn is renowned for his warm caring nature and attention to detail. To him a funeral is all about a memorable final farewell.
Marissa has been in the funeral industry since 2010, beginning her career as an embalmer after wanting to join the industry from a young age. She gained her New Zealand Diploma in Embalming in 2013, and has been funeral directing since 2014. Marissa was born and brought up in Pukekohe and now lives in Buckland with her husband Vaughan, son Zac, and their two dogs, Cyrus and Zeus. After working in Auckland City, Marissa took the opportunity to join Grahams Funerals where she is now able to work in the community she knows and feels grateful to be a part of and support during their most vulnerable times. Working as a funeral director and embalmer is a pleasure and privilege for Marissa and is a commitment she is sure that will carry on for the entirety of her working career.
Ivo was born in Germany and raised in New Zealand. He has lived in the Franklin district for some 20 years. A trade qualified graphic artist and competent builder for almost all of his working life, when an opportunity arose to work in the monumental industry and create headstones, he took the chance and finds it to be a very personally rewarding career. He is able to utilize his design and construction skills in the same project to create unique memorials. In spare time he enjoys growing competition giant pumpkins, building waterwheels, ponds and other interesting and odd lifestyle block gismos. His whole life has been about making unique things, and working for Grahams has allowed him to create unique things for others.
Deb lives in rural Tuakau with her partner Zeljko, son Toby, and two dogs, Biscuit and Jessie. She has lived in the Waikato for most of her life, but spent many years on Waiheke Island and in South Auckland. Her academic training is in Theology, studying and teaching at Auckland University for several years. In recent years she has worked in Franklin breeding bumblebees for the agricultural sector, before joining the team at Grahams. Deb regards her role as a funeral director and embalmer as a privilege, and is proud to be helping families farewell their loved ones. In 2019 Deb completed her NZ Diploma in Embalming with A grade results.
Terry has been working at Grahams since 2015 and works as our Monumental Installer, embalmer and general handyman. He moved to New Zealand in 2007 from London, England and has a background in Bricklaying which he had been doing since he was 19. Terry has a degree in Environmental Science and has been Dive Instructor. He has two daughters, one which joined him in New Zealand 5 years ago and has 3 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys renovating his old villa.