All Shone & Shirley staff are passionate about their work and go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the funeral arrangement process is delivered with understanding and compassion.
You are welcome to meet our staff and inspect our premises at any time. Simply call us on 03 546 5700 to make an appointment.
Alastair Hebberd - Funeral Director / Managing Director
Emma Hebberd - Director
Bev Harris Fraser - Office Administrator, Monumental Sales & Funeral Assistant
I have lived in the Richmond area for 46 years. I am married to Clint and have two adult children, Sean and Monique.
My desire to become involved in the funeral industry stemmed from the passing of my Father and the experience of arranging his Ashes Interment. It was a very moving experience and a total honour to provide my family, especially my Mum, with a meaningful, loving service. My work ethic has always been to provide caring and respectful customer service.
Damara Pearl - Funeral Director, Embalmer
I have lived in Nelson for 49 Years and raised my three children. After a varied work life full of interesting vocations, I now feel fortunate to have now begun my internship with Shone and Shirley.
I have always wanted to work in the industry, with this I have arrived with a sense of purpose and gratitude to do the best that I can for the families I will be assisting during a challenging time.
I hope that together we can convey the wishes of all with clarity, empathy, respect and care.
Shone & Shirley was Nelson's first funeral home, established in 1862. Thomas Shone Senior began his business in 1862 as a cabinetmaker, upholsterer and undertaker in Bridge Street. At the time it was common for cabinetmakers - who were the main suppliers of coffins - to branch into other funeral related business.
1890 - 1900
On his death in 1890 his two sons, both cabinetmakers, carried on the family business. About 1900 Alfred relocated the business to a site in Collingwood Street.
1922 - 1969
The business was sold in 1922 to John Bredbury and then to P S Campen in 1936. Shone & Co., as it was known, then bought out the Richmond based funeral operations of W E Wilkes Ltd.
1970 - 2005
Ted Shirley acquired Shone & Co in 1970, adding his family name to the business. Ted’s sons then operated Shone & Shirley Ltd as a family business until 2000, when the MacDonald family purchased the business.
2005 - 2011
In May 2005 the business was sold to Craig and Tracey Hames and Ian and Suzanne Bell of Christchurch Bell, Lamb & Trotter Funeral directors Limited.
2011 - Nov 2019
In July 2011 the business was relocated to a new purpose-built funeral home in Tahunanui, which was developed by Bev and Gary Boucher who later in 2012 also purchased the business of Shone & Shirley funeral directors.
In Nov 2019 Shone & Shirley was purchased by Alastair & Emma Hebberd. Alastair is an experienced funeral director and he and Emma are passionate about honouring the long tradition of Nelson's oldest funeral home while bringing warmth and empathy to the families they serve.