At Gee & Hickton we are very proud of our dedicated team of funeral directors. Their experience, range of life experiences, involvement in the community, and the dedication and passion they apply to their work ensures our clients receive an outstanding professional and caring service.
To find out more about the professional care our team offers and get answers to any questions you have about funerals and grief, please click here or phone Gee & Hickton.
Gavin Murphy JP, Dip FS
The General Manager at Gee & Hickton since 2000, Gavin says he aims to exceed people’s expectations of service and professionalism, and to know that he has made a difference by facilitating a meaningful and personal farewell. He also says it is a privilege to be able to lead a team of such dedicated professionals. Gavin is a qualified funeral director and embalmer, and a national examiner in embalming. He lives in Petone with his wife Vanessa, a teacher, and his two grown up daughters Freyja and Cassie. His passion is enjoying food and playing squash – one helps cancel out the other, he says – and he works out at the local gym on weights to keep fit when he has the time, while also fitting in “the occasional and very poor game of golf.” He also enjoys giving back to the community in his role as a Rotarian and JP.
Gerard Watt BTSM PGDip
Gerard joined Gee & Hickton in April 2018 as Business Manager following 15 years of senior experience in change management, marketing and communications, working with high profile media brands. Gerard’s role focuses particularly on culture, customer experience and communication at Gee & Hickton. Born, raised and schooled in Lower Hutt, Gerard studied at Victoria & Auckland Universities. He is married to Ali and they have 2 children Harry and Rosa. Gerard loves the outdoors and is regularly seen hitting the hills or kayaking our harbour - with his dog Bruno! Gerard enjoys socialising around a BBQ and is actively involved in the community, coaching junior cricket and netball and is on a number sporting committees.
Porirua Manager & Funeral Director
Steve Haddock lived in Rotorua for over 30 years, where he worked mostly in packaging and then as a chocolate maker. He was a funeral director in Rotorua for four years before moving to Porirua with his wife, Sue to be closer to their two boys and granddaughter. Steve began funeral directing to give something back to the community and enjoys helping families. When he’s away from work, he enjoys walking and fishing.
Andrew Patterson Dip FS
Location Manager & Funeral Director
Born and educated in Lower Hutt, Andrew has been a funeral director for many years. Starting his career as an embalmer, he completed his qualification in 1990 and became a qualified funeral director in 1994. Andrew considers it a privilege to work with families during the difficult period of time when someone they love has died. He is a keen sportsman who enjoys watching and participating in a wide variety of sports and in his spare time, enjoy’s spending time with his young family and their many activities.
Barry Gee Nat Cert FS
Barry was born in the Hutt Valley and educated in Upper Hutt. He joined his father in the family funeral business in 1978. Barry qualified as an embalmer and funeral director and worked in the funeral profession until he left to take a position with a trustee company in 2000. During this time Barry held the positions of family trust specialist and branch manager. Having grown up around funeral service his passion for funeral directing never left him so when a position became available he re-joined the company in 2014. Barry has two children, Gemma and Kieran and three beautiful grandchildren. When not caring for families in Hutt Valley Barry spends time with his partner Lynn and his extended family. His interests include cooking, travel and squash.
Daryl Edwards BBS, Dip FD
Joining Gee & Hickton in 2006 saw Daryl fulfilling his life-long wish to be a funeral director, after many years in the NZ Army logistics. In his spare time he enjoys the craft of woodturning, making bowls and platters from native timbers with increasing intricacy and skill, and has recently commenced refurbishing an old Fiat Bambina car. He was a volunteer for Victim Support. Daryl and wife Anne have four children and a bonny grandson in England. The family lives on a lifestyle block in Wainuiomata.
Suzanne Schuler Dip FD
Sue joined Gee & Hickton in 2011 as a funeral director. Sue’s working background has included involvement with many professions and has driven her passion for being able to provide guidance and support for families. Sue has lived in Upper Hutt for the last 30 years and has three adult children, she is also the proud nana of two wonderful grandchildren. Sue enjoys playing squash, bush walking, music concerts and travel adventures.
Edward Brackenbury-Gray Dip FS
Edward has worked with Gee & Hickton since 2006, initially as an Embalmer. After gaining his embalming qualifications Edward moved into the Funeral Directing role. Before this Edward worked in the music industry, starting in music retail then heading into sales and distribution for New Zealand, the music industry would complement Edward’s love of music, and help with his extensive compact disc collection. Edward has studied music and recorded and released music here in New Zealand. Edward's other interest is his involvement with Major League Gaming. Edward lives in Upper Hutt with his wife Kelly who works as an Registered Nurse at Lower Hutt Hospital’s burns and plastics ward and has two incredible children Wednesday and Phoenix, who get all of Edward’s spare time.
After his move from West Auckland in 2013 George finds himself quite at home in the Wellington region. In his spare time, George enjoys working on his home, socialising with his friends and spoiling his cat. Before becoming a Funeral Director he worked in IT, specialising in service delivery and quality management. This experience has provided him with a passion for providing quality services efficiently and professionally.
Helen Smith RN
Helen, originally from County Cork in Ireland, moved to New Zealand in 2000. After 20+ years as Registered Nurse in the UK and Wellington, Helen decided to pursue a career in Funeral Directing with Gee & Hickton. Helen has a passion for people and enjoys engaging with families at what can be a very stressful time. Helen lives in Wellington, is married to Mike and they have 3 school age children. Outside of work, she loves time with her family and friends, walking and indulging her creative side.
Megan has lived in the Hutt Valley for 28 years and has been part of the Gee & Hickton team since June 2017. Megan’s experience with the loss of a close family member, along with her genuine and caring nature, allows her to connect with families when they most need it. Prior to joining Gee & Hickton, she worked in the disability sector as a support worker and coordinator. Megan and her husband Kris have four children and a precious granddaughter who was born in 2017. Family is very important to Megan and most of her spare time is dedicated to them. She also enjoys cooking and socialising.
Jenna Hyndman Dip FS
Jenna was born and bred in sunny Marlborough, still spending as much time as possible back home with her family and enjoying the weather. Being qualified as an Embalmer and a Funeral Director brings a variety to her role that she really enjoys. Jenna has been based at our Porirua location since 2011 and has really loved getting involved with the community and learning about all the different cultures. Outside of work Jenna enjoys craft beer, anything involving water or being near water, karate, walking, friends/family and her beloved dog Jet.
Jerry Waddington BCOM
Jerry joined Gee & Hickton in early 2016 after experiencing first hand the fantastic service, support and compassion Gee & Hickton provided her grieving family in the loss of her Step-Dad. A great communicator with a genuine warmth, and empathy for others, Jerry is passionate about helping families at one of the most difficult times in their lives. Whilst born, raised and schooled in Lower Hutt Jerry moved to complete her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management at Auckland University. Representing New Zealand in gymnastics, Jerry is a keen sportswoman who enjoys road cycling, swimming and gym classes. She has raced in many triathlons and even completed the Taupo Ironman in 2014. Married to Troy together they share their love of camping, travelling and the outdoors as well as combining social time with their wide circle of friends and family.
Cassie Murphy DIP.EMBALMING
Following in her father’s footsteps, Cassie has always been passionate about the funeral industry and giving back to the community. She first trained as an Embalmer and upon completing her qualifications, fulfilled her dream of becoming a Funeral Director. Cassie’s passion for helping others and going the extra mile for every family she meets, is at the core of everything she does, something she takes great pride in. Cassie lives in Petone with her partner Sam and their 3 Burmese cats. When not devoting time to her role in the community, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing netball and renovating her home.