Robert J. Cotton

By Funeral-Link New Zealand | Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2018

Trevor, Ruth and Hayden operate the family business with the help of three other funeral directors on staff.

Robert Cotton (Bob) established Robert J. Cotton & Sons Ltd. in 1967, starting in a small site on Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North. In the early years he was helped out by his eldest son Trevor, and younger son Ross, who both were working at a local joinery firm. When Robert passed away suddenly in 1972, Trevor took over the family business with the help of his wife Ruth.

In 1984, Robert J. Cotton & Sons Ltd. moved from the Tremaine Avenue premises to a larger, purpose built premises on Main Street.

In 1991, the Terrace Lounge was built on a site purchased on Broadway Avenue, at the back of the Main Street premises. This site was previously a car wash.

A further upgrade to the business was the extension to the Terracehaven Chapel which was completed in 1999.

We believe our job as a funeral director is one of the world's most rewarding, but yet challenging.

We value positive relationships with the people who entrust their loved ones into our care.

Community Involvement

Our directors have committed to our community
by supporting the following community organisations
in 2009/2010 by financially contributing to:

  • Terrace End Bowling Club
  • St John
  • Manawatu Cancer Society
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Northern Bowling Club
  • Hokowhitu Bowling Club
  • Arohanui Hospice
  • Starship Children's Hospital
  • Skylight
  • Palmerston North Street Van Inc.
  • Palmerston North Golf Club
  • Palmerston North Chaplaincy Association

Our Mission Statement

To serve and give the highest service in the funeral profession with a standard of service through education and leadership. To provide the highest quality and excellence as a leader in Palmerston North and the wider Manawatu.

Our Vision

To take great pride in the service we offer and to meet their needs and then exceed them.

Funeral-Link members are in each region throughout New Zealand. They share each others values and are able to support families through the journey of change. see: www.funeral-link.co.nz for your local member. 

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