Upcoming Funeral Services

Name Date & time location
Phone (07) 578 3338

Our Team

“Our team are very much a part of the community, and are passionate about providing a professional and caring service.”

Our team are very much a part of the community, and are passionate about providing a professional and caring service. Both our female and male funeral directors and embalmers have extensive experience in the funeral service and are available at any time to discuss your options with you. To find out more about the extra care our team offers, please call Elliotts Funeral Services or click here.

Neil Gedge

Manager and Funeral Director

Manager and Funeral Director, Neil Gedge moved with his wife Lyn to Tauranga in 1986 when he purchased Elliotts Funeral Services. Neil is an outdoors person who loves fishing, hunting, cycling boating and all water sports. Having recently moved into town from an orchard he is enjoying spending weekends gardening, volunteering with Coastguard and is an active Rotarian. He believes it is a privilege to work as a funeral director, meeting new people and supporting them through difficult times.

Kylie Sprague

Assistant Manager and Funeral Director

Kylie was born in Tauranga. After leaving school Kylie worked in car sales and completed a course in basic trade mechanics. She has worked for Elliotts since 1995. She and husband Grant, have three daughters, India, Molly and Ebony. Her interests include gardening, baking and spending time with her girls.

Bruce Wills

Funeral Director

Born and raised in Te Puke, Bruce is married to Bev, and has adult children. Before joining Elliotts in 2000 Bruce worked with the Police, kiwifruit growing and Industrial Chaplaincy. His sporting interests include weightlifting and rowing. Bruce developed an interest in funeral directing during his five years of chaplaincy, especially when working with people in grief, and conducting funerals as well as weddings. Bruce holds a National Certificate in Funeral Directing and regards his work with Elliotts as the most satisfying and rewarding he has ever done.

Richard Vialoux

Funeral Director

After careers as a Teacher, Traffic Officer, Police Constable and Anglican Minister, Richard has joined the Elliotts team in early 2018 as a Funeral Director. Richard and his wife Elizabeth moved to Mount Maunganui in 2011 from their family home in Browns Bay, Auckland. Five boys make up the rest of the family, with the older three having left home. Down time is spent entertaining with family and friends at home or their beach house on the Coromandel. Richard is an avid fan of the Australasian V8 super cars competition where Fords are hopefully First On Race Day!

Karen Klinkenberg

Funeral Director

Karen has recently joined the Elliotts’ team. She & her husband Nick have relocated to Tauranga after 30 years in the Waikato, to be closer to their 6 grandchildren. Karen has 10 years experience as a funeral director and values the opportunities she gets to walk with families through the tough journey of saying farewell to their loved ones. “It’s a privilege that I don’t take lightly”.

Stephen McMahon


Born and raised in Tauranga, Stephen spent a decade as a Funeral Director and Embalmer before returning home to Tauranga and joining the team at Elliotts. Funeral Services back four generations in his family, something he is quite proud of. Married with a recent addition to the family - Cole, Stephen and Christy are enjoying their new responsibilities as parents.

Damon McCown


Damon was born in Auckland and moved to Tauranga in 2002 and has 3 daughters. He has had a varied career including Dog Control, Aviation Security and as a Flight Attendant and also trained as an Audio Engineer after leaving school. Damon has over 10 years experience in the funeral industry as an Embalmer.   He enjoys being able to help families by taking care of their loved ones during a difficult time.   He is an avid record collector and enjoys photography.

Carole Mahood

Bereavement Support

Carole provides our Elliotts families with after-care support should they desire it. She works with family members to help and support them through this often difficult period of adjustment. Carole was born in Taupo although her family is originally from the Omokoroa area. She returned to Tauranga in recent times after many years in Sydney where her travel and tourism skills were put to good use. Through her work as a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, Carole was inspired to study Interfaith Ministry in New York. Carole has a caring interest in the wellbeing of all those experiencing challenging times. She believes in the values of community and being there when support is needed. She likes to recharge with bushwalks and time in the outdoors. She also enjoys volunteering, writing and travelling to new places.

Lyn Gedge

Office Administration

Born in Hamilton, Lyn moved with husband Neil to Tauranga in 1986 when they purchased Elliotts. She has been involved with the firm since that time in the role of office administrator. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and three small grandchildren, gardening and cooking for family and friends.

Susan Whatmough

Office Administration

Susan was born in the West Midlands, England and emigrated to New Zealand with her family at the age of nine. After leaving school, she spent many years in the newspaper industry both in Australia and New Zealand, joining Elliotts in 2007. Susan lives with her husband, Alec, on a lifestyle block which they share with two dogs, a cat, chickens and sheep. Susan can be found enjoying the outdoors when not at work.

Anne Doel


Anne was born in Nelson, and moved to Auckland in 1988. Anne’s Administration Skills have been put to good use throughout varied roles since moving to Auckland, ranging from Reservations Manager for a large corporate Hotel, and varied Customer Services Roles. Her passion for our Industry stems from her role as Cemetery Administrator at North Shore Memorial Park for 9 years, then as Administrator / Receptionist for Forrest Funeral Services based on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast – Auckland before joining the Team at Elliott’s. Semi-Retirement beckoned Anne and her husband George to re-locate to the Sunny BOP late 2016.
Outside of work you will find Anne, walking their beloved dog “BO”, reading, Folk Art Painting and Ceramics.

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Tauranga (07) 578 3338 | Mt Maunganui (07) 575 5187| Katikati (07) 549 4788

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