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Gateway Funeral Directors – Founding Family
Gateway funeral Services was originally started in 1991 by the Walker family, A family that wanted to make a difference in the community.
Upon opening the original Gateway Funeral Services in Gateway Drive, Whakatane (hence the name), they immediately made an impact in our community.
Gateway was built as a family run business to support local families and still is today.
After the loss of Humphrey Walker, Susan Thrupp and Debbie Bluett took over from their father and carried on his legacy in the way he would have wanted it.
Many great years had been spent in Gateway Drive. However, the business was becoming too big for the premises. A decision was made that in order to carry on providing the best possible service for our client families that a bigger premise was needed.
In 2010 the purchase of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall on Awatapu drive was a welcome inclusion for Gateway Funeral Services.
Our new and improved Gateway Funeral Services was really taking shape and in 2015, Susan, Debbie their families decided that their time was up and that a change of ownership was needed.
Gateway Funeral Directors – Today
We are proud to say we are still a locally owned and operated, family ran Funeral Directors.
Fast forward to The Shaw family – who are delighted to take over this well established business in December of 2015 and are still in ownership today.
We are carrying on the legacy of the founding family to support our local families.