Staff

Compassionate Assistance for Funeral Arrangements

staffLed by our team of Funeral Directors, the compassionate staff at Canterbury Christian Funeral Services offer support and services that allow you to grieve. We pride ourselves on being personal and professional, helping you to create a service that celebrates the life of your loved one.

We consider our staff to be event planners, in much the same way as a wedding planner coordinates and oversees all aspects of a wedding, seeking guidance and advice on the celebratory aspects of a funeral, such as the style and content of the service, the choice of music, and other touches that reflect the life of the deceased.

An important and traditional part of a funeral director’s role is to assist with the practical aspects of a funeral, such as care of the deceased, and coordinating when and where the funeral will be held.

Craig Wilson
Craig WilsonOperations Manager

Craig was born in Auckland and is the eldest of three siblings. His parents were self-employed in the construction industry and Craig has many fond memories of helping his father as a child. The skills he learned as a youth are now finding a practical outlet here at CCFS as Craig has taken on many of the "forgotten" projects languishing behind the scenes at the funeral home.

In his early 20s Craig began the many chapters of his life as a Christian Missionary. This culminated in late 1990s with what became 12 years in Sri Lanka, impelled by a love and a passion for serving and reaching out to others. On Craig's return to New Zealand, still wanting to help and reach out to those in need, he embarked on a career in The Funeral Industry. He joined the team at CCFS bringing with him a wealth of life experience and empathy garnered through years of dedicated interaction and service with folk from all walks of life.

2013 saw Craig and his wife Nell shift into their new home in Rolleston. Strengthening a love for Canterbury and establishing deeper roots as a Cantabrian.

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Beverly Rhodes
Beverly RhodesFuneral Director

Bev brings more than 18 of experience to our team. She began in the funeral industry with J. Lamb Trotter after which she took a role with the Cremation Society before returning to funeral service alongside Ron Palmer at Palmer Funeral Services.

Prior to funeral directing Bev worked in customer services at Mount Cook Airline in reservations. Bev is primarily motivated by working alongside families. She finds the task personally rewarding and always brings her trademark passion and sincerity to her work.

Bev has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. Time spent with her grandchildren creating memories is of high priority to Bev, and “babysitting” has become a euphemism for Bev spoiling her grandkids and an excuse for 'Nan Days' with Thomas, Madelyn, and Lily!

When not enjoying activities with family and friends, Bev will be found increasing her mileage at the local pool or stepping it out on the many walks in her neighbourhood. Bev enjoys a wider role in the community and is a member of Bishopdale Burnside Rotary Club, Springston Garden Club, Rural Women and Christchurch Hobbyist Bee Clubs.

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Dave Robinson
Dave RobinsonAssistant Funeral Director

Dave has joined our team from a career in IT (Information Technology) and is our newest team member.

Dave brings with him a passion to help families through their time of need.

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Lorraine Blackwood
Lorraine BlackwoodAccounts Administrator

Lorraine Blackwood is the Accounts Administrator with many years experience working alongside funeral directors and assisting families during their bereavement. Devoted to her family she enjoys spending precious times with her grand children. Her many interests include gardening and photography. She believes in being the best that you can be and living in the moment, as you never know what is around the corner!

 

Management Team

As a management team we are all actively involved with all aspects of funerals. We all subscribe to the MBA philosophy (Manage By walking Around!). Together with the funeral directors, we are dedicated to assisting you in any way possible.

Eion McKinnon
Eion McKinnonCompany Director

Born in Balclutha and raised in the farmlands of Canterbury, Eion is a father of four (now grown) children. His wife Lois is a registered nurse and homemaker, and together they help make Canterbury Christian Funeral Services the caring company it is today.

Eion has been in the Funeral Service for more than two decades. He is a registered Funeral Director, and an experienced Embalmer. Eion is a former member of the FSTT (Funeral Services Training Trust) and has served at district and national level on the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. He is Immediate Past President of FDANZ and holds qualifications from Lincoln and Massey Universities and Weltec Polytechnic in Wellington.

Eion is proud to be a Rotarian serving humanitarian interests.

Committed to his family and the families of Canterbury, Eion brings the warmth, sincerity and dignity that will help you and your family get through any bereavement with support and personal dedication.

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Roddy McKinnon
Roddy McKinnonManaging Director

Canterbury born and bred, Roddy is a loyal supporter of our great region.

After many years spent in the UK and Canada, in which he and his wife Jane created and operated successful businesses, he eventually found his way home to be closer to family and friends. The desire to raise his two beautiful daughters and one son in the ‘Mainland’ was too much to resist.

Part of the Alumni of the University of Canterbury, Roddy’s background, education and business experience has given him a commitment to strive for innovation and excellence within Canterbury Christian Funeral Services.

His goal is to ensure each family has the satisfaction of creating an individual funeral service for their loved one and with our careful watch over every detail will help ensure CCFS is of true service to our community.

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Call us on 033588807 and we’ll help you navigate through the funeral process and beyond.