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History

Westland Funeral ServicesWestland Funeral Services is a Greymouth owned and operated firm with a proud tradition of service and commitment to the community extending back over 50 years. The founder of the company, the late Joe Pattinson had dreamed of being of being a funeral director right from the time when as a school boy he used to help his uncle Ernie in the Greymouth funeral business of W. Sampson. He had a dream, a vision of a funeral business based around the word “service”. He had plans for a funeral business that would serve the community with professionalism, dignity and compassion, regardless of colour, creed or standing. With the support of his wife Helen that dream began to come true. Westland Funeral Services directed its first funeral on the 27th November 1963 and now over 50 years later we acknowledge the fulfilment of that dream. We have a superb, top quality funeral complex, a chapel admired by all and a state of the art crematorium. Joe was justifiably proud of his and Helen’s achievement. He wanted a funeral directing business second to none but most of all one that would serve its families with honesty, dignity and integrity. Sadly Joe passed away on the 28th February 1998 but the business will continue on into the future with the same integrity, compassion and code of ethics that he practiced and believed in.

Our Complex

Westland Funeral ServicesIn 1962 Joe bought the old Blanchfields Bakery site at 134 Tainui St, demolished the building and built a brand new multi-level funeral complex. This included living accommodation garaging, offices and a chapel. This building served the company until 1990 when major renovations commenced and the new extended funeral home was dedicated and opened on the 19th April 1991. This now included a new larger chapel, an organ loft for the new electronic organ, viewing rooms, interview lounge, new modern mortuary and more garaging. This is the building the company still operates from today .

it is widely accepted that the William Sampson memorial chapel (named after Greymouth’s longest serving funeral director) is one of the best in the country. Visitors from throughout New Zealand constantly comment on its modern, yet traditional restful atmosphere. Within the last few years there have been other interior developments as the older, smaller viewing rooms have been enlarged and tastefully decorated.

Crematorium

In August 1994 Westland Funeral Services installed a new state of the art All Cremator, imported from America, as part of the complex. Joe was particularly proud of this. It had always distressed him that bereaved families had to have their loved one taken to Christchurch for Cremation and that if they wanted a service at the Crematorium they had to face a long trip over Otira and back. Some of these journeys in the depth of winter were extremely harrowing. The fact that the crematorium is in Greymouth the cremation rate has increased substantially from under 20% in 1994 to over 60% today.

Meet Our Team

David Neame
David NeameFuneral Director & Embalmer
I am a third generation Coaster with my family coming primarily from Kumara, I spent my formative years at Paroa school where I believe I received a good all-round education. I finished my schooling locally and went on to a job at Dixon House as a career. I enjoyed this role immensely however after 11 years I was approached by Mark Pattinson and asked if I was interested in a role change. I then began my current career as a funeral director/embalmer. I have two children Caleb, and Hannah. My role as a Funeral director gives me great satisfaction, it provides the unique opportunity to help others when they most need help. People say that it requires a special person however I believe it requires common sense, and an ability to put yourself in other peoples shoes. This role requires a significant time investment and it is thanks to a supportive family that I am able to give it 100%. A dignified service is what I strive to provide to all people regardless of station. I am proud to hold a New Zealand certificate in Funeral Directing and am the only Fully qualified Funeral Director in Greymouth.
Denise Coll-Dwyer
Denise Coll-DwyerFuneral Director
I am a born and bred West Coaster, educated at St Patrick’s School and John Paul II High School. I’m actively involved in the local Catholic Church and I’ve worked part time as the Parish Treasurer there for the past ten years. Out of work time I enjoy art and socialising with family and friends. My husband Wayne and I have two adult children, Tom & Michael.

Quality service and setting high standards is important to me. I believe a woman’s understanding and a natural empathy help me in assisting grieving families at a time of uncertainty and distress.

Taine Menzies
Taine MenziesFuneral Director
I am a born and bred West Coaster, attending Cobden Primary and Grey High School. I finished my schooling mid-2015 and begun my journey into the world of the Funeral profession.

In 2014 I experienced my very own close call with death, and this gave me a whole new perspective of our mortality. This may have been the reason that I looked to Funeral Directing professionally as a career for me.

I am passionate about getting all the little things right for the people in my community and take great pride when it all flows seamlessly. I feel that we get the opportunity to connect with families in a way that may not be the same in the bigger regions.

Our Location

Phone: (03) 768 0250

Address: 134 Tainui Street, Greymouth

PO Box: 417 Greymouth 7840

Email: westlandfs@xtra.co.nz