Location 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.
Morgan Lynch Dip.Embalm
Originally from Lower Hutt, Morgan is a qualified embalmer, a member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association and a supervisor for WELTEC embalming students. He has been with Lychgate since 2007. Morgan lives in Wainuiomata with his wife and 4 children. When not at work he enjoys completing projects in his workshop with his family and taking walks up to the Wainuiomata water tower.
Gaurav spent his early childhood in Nepal, before moving to India to achieve a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He then moved to New Zealand to study film making, whilst also volunteering at a funeral home in Auckland, subsequently realising his passion and commitment to helping families through difficult times. Following joining the funeral industry permanently, Gaurav moved to Wellington with his wife and very much enjoys living and working here. During his spare time he loves to watch movies, explore new places, play guitar and visit his family in Auckland.
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. 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.
George O’Donnell Dip FD
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.
Administrator / Funeral Director’s Assistant
Belinda comes to Lychgate after many years as a print journalist with The Dominion Post. She is originally from Dunedin but has called Wellington home for the past 25 years – long enough to consider Central Pulse her top netball team. When not at work, she enjoys bike riding, bush walks and watching netball. Belinda was drawn to the funeral industry after looking for a new and meaningful direction in her working life and the chance to support families through difficult times.