By Funeral-Link New Zealand | Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2018
Evans Funeral Services - Funeral-Link Gisborne - has proudly served the Gisborne community since 1908. We are members of the Funeral Directors' Association of New Zealand (FDANZ), and Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH), an international organisation which recognises excellence in funeral service.
All staff at Evans Funeral Services Ltd have been chosen because they care for people. It is our intention to make the time of a death as easy as possible for the families we serve.
At Evans Funeral Services we offer a modern approach supported by traditional family values.
We are here to help you choose from the many options available, to create a meaningful farewell based on your beliefs, lifestyle and culture, and those of the person who has died. Whether it be a large public gathering, traditional church service, tangi, or private farewell, we will work with you to ensure your needs, and the needs of your family, are met.
We can also assist you with memorial work, through our monumental stonemasonry business Bay Stonecraft, a member of the NZ Master Monumental Masons Association (NZMMMA).
The corner of Wi Pere Street and Ormond Road has been the site of a funeral home for more than 100 years. It has been the family business and home for three families.
The first funeral homes grew from cabinet making businesses, and Tom Haisman's beginnings in 1908 were no exception. Jim and Neta Evans bought the business from him in 1947.
The two-storey family home on the corner soon expanded with the addition of garages and a chapel which seated 16 people.
In 1955, Jim built a new chapel with seating for 95 people, plus standing room in the foyer.
A dozen times a year, Jim drove to Hawkes Bay, to the crematorium which served the Gisborne community.
Trevor and Avice Parker purchased the business of J.V. Evans Ltd in 1975.
They too live in the "house over the shop" with their family of four teenagers. Avice commented that all their children learned to drive the regular trip to the Hastings crematorium, which they travelled up to twice a week.
Five years later, in 1980, the Gisborne crematorium was established. Around 200 cremations now take place there each year.
In 1984, Trevor Parker modernised the chapel and extended it, with a capacity of 250 people.
In 2011, David Parker added a new office and administration wing. Completed with an eye for detail, the warm and welcoming meeting rooms and offices have been designed to support the wide variety of tasks necessary to the new era of funeral service, facilitated by information and communications technology.
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.