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Tailor Made Funeral Services
Call us: (03) 359 9422

Tailor made remembrance services either at your premises or at ours

Call us on 03 359 9422
Coping with loss and grief after the passing of a loved one is extremely difficult. Managing the details of arranging a remembrance service can be stressful and confusing. During this time of sadness it is crucial that you and your family have all the assistance you need.
The team at Palmer Funeral Services is here to help support and guide you through the process. At our funeral home in Christchurch you will find the understanding and personalised service that only comes with years of experience. At Palmer Funeral Services, we are dedicated to helping you design a funeral service that is unique, personal and allows you to commemorate your loved one with dignity.

For respectful, sincere and personalised funeral services, please call 03 359 9422.

Company history

Palmer Funeral Services was first established in 1981 by Ron Palmer. Alongside his wife Jan and their dedicated staff, Ron helped the community deal with loss for over 23 years.
In 2004 Ron sold the business to Eion and Lois McKinnon due to health reasons. As a committed professional, Ron continued to work part time and officially retired in 2009. These days Ron is still involved in the business and will occasionally assist and direct funerals at the request of families he has served during the years.
Palmer Funeral Services is currently managed by Roy Winton. Other team members include Peter Shaw (Funeral Director), Ron Palmer (Funeral Consultant) and Wendy Kington (Funeral Consultant/Funeral Celebrant).

Our staff

Although Palmer Funeral Services has recently changed management, our dedication to serving the community has not.
Our team works together to ensure you get the support you need at a confusing and difficult time. We believe in delivering personal service and are committed to ensuring we help you to create a dignified and memorable farewell for your loved one.
Roy Winton
Roy brings over twenty years’ experience in the funeral industry to his role at Palmer Funeral Services. Roy began his career in Christchurch back in 1986 as a Funeral Assistant. In 1988, Roy completed the Embalming course at CIT in Upper Hutt. In 1991, he married Julia and followed her to Wellington where he worked in a funeral home in Porirua. While working in Porirua, Roy went to CIT and gained his Diploma in Funeral Services.
At the end of 1999, Roy returned to Christchurch with Julia and daughter Erica. In 2000 son Andrew was born, so when not at work Roy is busy being a husband and father. His children are very involved in sport with Erica and Andrew both competing in athletics in summer and Andrew playing football in winter. This means spending time encouraging his children from the sideline or stadium and driving them to events.
Roy is a member of the parish of St Mark's Presbyterian where he is in the St Mark's Charitable Trust. Roy is also a helper in Kidzone and he can be found in the kitchen on Mother's Day when he helps organise the Mother’s Day breakfast.
In the little free time Roy has, he attends Rotary and enjoys socialising with friends over the odd glass of wine.

Peter Shaw
An experienced funeral director who recently relocated to Christchurch, Peter Shaw previously worked at Betts Funeral Services in Timaru and is now an integral part of our team.
When he is not serving the community, Peter likes to swim and travel. He and his family attend the Salvation Army where they are drawn to the ethos of the motto "Christianity with your sleeves rolled up".
Peter has also worked widely in the field of mental health, both in institutions and the community, providing adventure based education and physical education opportunities to people who experience mental illness in their day to day lives. He is an ex-serviceman in the New Zealand Army, so shares a common employment heritage with many of our returned service personal and their families.
Peter is actively involved in sport as an athlete, executive member and national president for nearly 40 years. For his service and contributions to his sport, he was inducted into the New Zealand, Australasian, and World Hall of Fame.

Ron Palmer
Ron first entered the funeral industry when he commenced business in 1974 as Fiordland Funeral Services.
In 1981, Ron moved to Christchurch where he established Palmer Funeral Services which he owned and operated until July 2004. Ron has subsequently retired from full time funeral directing but regularly returns to assist on funerals at the request of families.
His interests lie with the Ambulance and rescue services and he was a founding member of the Temuka St John Ambulance and the Fiordland Ambulance Service of which he is currently a patron. Ron was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary foundation of Rotary International through the Bishopdale - Burnside Rotary Club for Community Services.
Ron's hobbies include reading, music and improving the habitat of native birds and the environment at Peel Forest where he has a holiday home.
Ron is available to direct services upon request.

Wendy Kington
Wendy is a trained teacher who was born and raised in Christchurch. After teaching for some years she moved into the Antique and Fine Arts field.
After working for both Watson's Auctions and McCrostie Fine Arts Auctions, Wendy spent the next 6 and a half years as a funeral director at Palmer Funeral Services. She is married to Ian and between them they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Her leisure time is spent in her large garden, her kitchen or painting in her studio.
Wendy is on the vestry of St Barnabas Anglican church and is involved in many projects with the church. She also sings in two choirs and has a particular love of Soul, World and Gospel music. When arranging a service, Wendy prefers to come and see families in their own home, or where they feel the most comfortable. She conducts both religious and non-religious services.

For dignified and respectful funeral services, please call us on 03 359 9422.
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