From an early age Mark Graham has been associated with the funeral business, it’s in his pedigree. His family business is also Graham Family Funerals in Hobart and shares the responsibilities as a director of both companies with his brother Paul. Both passionate, professional and personable Mark and Paul believe in providing the highest standard of care and respect to every family in memory of their loved one.
Mark says, “When families turn to us, with a great deal of pride, we consciously deliver an occasion becoming of that particular individuals life, and respectively, their lasting memory. We listen to our customers and peers and with our collective experience within our team; we are prepared for any wish, big or small”.
General Manager, Funeral Director and Memorial Consultant
Michael’s authenticity and warmth is reflected in his work and speaks volumes when it matters most to you. Like Mark and the rest of the team, he shares the same common values and defends the reverence and compassion of your wishes. You’ll find it hard to find someone with such experience and always with such a positive outlook. It’s no coincidence Michael has been with us for over 10 years and is regarded as a highly valued member of our team.
Michael says, “After 10 years working as a Funeral Director there is still nothing greater than the sense of satisfaction supporting people in their time of need. I feel truly humbled and honoured walking side by side with them as they farewell their loved ones”.
Simon has worked with families at Finneys for some time now and is third generation Australian Regular Army (ARA) and a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Simon brings to the funeral industry knowledge, experience and empathy for others forged in a 10 year military career which included active service with the International Force East Timor (INTERFET).
Simon reflects, "What I have gained from my career experiences, and my time as a husband and father, is a developed awareness of what families require from me as a funeral director to guide them through their grieving process. Each family is different; it is my privilege to understand their requirements and apply the necessary attention to detail to provide them with a funeral service befitting their loved one."
Raised in rural Tasmania, Mandy has an authentic, natural deep-seated charm and warmth that leaves such a comforting and assuring impression. Now regarded as a local living in Launceston and several years’ experience, Mandy provides such a wealth of advice and knowledge complete with a reassuring smile. It comes natural to her.
Mandy says, “It’s nice to know our job does make a difference. Working with such kind-hearted people together to bring a positive outlook to what is understandably an emotional time makes me very proud that we have helped”.
Natasha is a Launceston local, raised in the West Tamar region. She has come from a background in event management and her attention to detail and time management skills along with her natural sweetness and warmth combine to ensure families have someone they can depend upon. Natasha has diplomas in business and human resources and has dedicated her private time to fundraising for the Cancer Council in Tasmania.
Natasha says “I find funeral directing very rewarding and enjoy using my experience to help families ease through their funeral arrangements when they need compassionate guidance".
Born and raised in Tasmania, Leesa has a strong family connection to the North East Region. Having spent time travelling and living abroad, she soon realised that nothing compares to the area of Northern Tasmania, especially Scottsdale, where her grandfather was born.
Leesa has significant experience working within the funeral industry, learning the ropes while assisting her mother Gaye during the operation of Gaye’s Funeral Services. Leesa has a kind and caring nature, and the compassion required as a Funeral Director to guide families through the entire funeral service process. As a qualified celebrant her experience enables her to provide suggestions and ideas to families, allowing them to say goodbye to their loved ones, in the way they wish.
Andrew comes from a long line of Midlands farmers, and despite being "off the land" for longer than he was on it, he has a deep affinity for rural Tasmania.
Andrew's interest in the funeral industry stems from the experience of handling his father's affairs following his untimely passing. The process left him with a feeling that during this period of vulnerability, the assurance that your wishes would be handled with efficiency and care were of the most benefit to the bereaved. "Seeing the change that occurs in people during an arrangement is quite satisfying", says Andrew. "You can sense a real weight being lifted from their shoulders."
Andrew relishes the challenge of meeting and exceeding his customers' needs. "The level of detail and care - the amount of checks and collaboration - that the team puts into planning and delivering a funeral is quite astounding, an honour to be a part of."
Hailing originally from Central West NSW and now living in Tasmania for the past 4 years, Sylvia has over 30 years administrative experience behind her. "I really appreciate the professionalism shown by staff at Finneys whilst handling someone's funeral. It is important to me that information is accurate, presentation is excellent and behind the scenes is just as important as in front." Sylvia loves the Tasmanian climate, the mountains and the beaches. A country girl at heart, she has a large capacity to empathise with families and ensures that we are able to go above and beyond with our professional service to Northern Tasmania.
Diane spent her childhood in Scottsdale, Tasmania then married and raised a family in Launceston, where she now lives. Diane takes great pride in her role as Receptionist. A warm smile and giving priority to making sure that all clients feel comfortable and "looked after" is her goal.
Diane says "I consider it a privilege to work within a team of highly professional, caring people. It is extremely rewarding to be able to welcome clients personally, after making first contact with us. To be able to offer my support, experience and understanding at a very sad time for them."
Mark was born in Western Australia but moved to Launceston in 2007. "My wife is Tasmanian and during one of our visits to see her family, we fell in love with Launceston. Six months later we had sold our house in WA and moved here". says Mark.
Mark served with the Royal Australian Air Force for 14 years and has also been a small business owner.
Mark is a careful listener and takes pride in high attention to detail. He has a calm, respectful and friendly demeanor. Mark acknowledges that his surname is tricky to pronounce and is happy to be referred to as 'Mark Rad'.
"My priority is assisting the family during a difficult and emotional time", says Mark. "Being able to take care of the family's wishes, and preparing arrangements in memory of their loved one, is a very rewarding role."
Teena has spent her whole life in Launceston, apart from an 18 month working holiday in sunny Queensland. She has extensive administration, business and customer service experience along with a Business Diploma. From her past roles she believes the most import lessons she has learnt is to "be present" and that "the small things are the big things". "I have found particularly over the past 6 years as a community Palliative Care Volunteer that many people have events in their lives which require support and understanding through listening and "being present". The smallest act of kindness can make the biggest impact during a difficult time. I feel very fortunate to be able to share this journey with families and am lucky to be working with a team of fantastic people who share the same sincere, unconditional care and genuinely want to help during an extremely difficult time in other people's lives. "I believe my life's learning, volunteer work and past employment have led me to this role and this is where I am meant to be".