Our Team

While families will experience the individual attention of their funeral director, the professional team at Richmond Funeral Home are committed to supporting each other in providing a service that meets both the wants and needs of the families and individuals they care for.

Peter & Jenny Giddens

Peter and Jenny Giddens live in Carterton and have a family of three sons Adam, Daniel, and Brandon. Having completed their chosen tertiary education all three have pursued a career in the Agricultural/farming sector.

The Giddens family moved from Hastings in 1997 to purchase the Funeral business of D & N Chew Funeral Directors.  Their children attended St Mary’s Primary School Carterton and Wairarapa College.  Carterton and the Wairarapa has been a wonderful place to bring up their family and the various communities have been very supportive of them as a family.

Peter Giddens

Peter has been involved in the Funeral Industry since 1980, born in Gisborne, he started his career initially part time in Gisborne , later working in Palmerston North, Hastings and since 1997 owning and operating Richmond Funeral Home, Carterton with his wife Jenny. A qualified Funeral Director, Peter has always had the desire to “Care for people” and being a Funeral Director in an area where often you know the people you are caring for, is very special.

Jenny Giddens

Born in Patea South Taranaki, Jenny is one of nine children her parents Dairy farmers.

On leaving School Jenny worked on the family farm, later working for Livestock Improvement.  After marrying Peter in 1987, Jenny became a full time mother  and it was in 1997 when they purchased D & N Chew Funeral Directors that Jenny became the Office manager and Receptionist for Richmond Funeral Home.

After, family, home and work commitments (not always in that order) Jenny’s relaxation is spending time in her garden.

Bruce White

Bruce a Qualified Funeral Director with 16 years experience in Funeral Directing, joined the team at Richmond Funeral Home in October 2012. Bruce enjoys living and working in the Wairarapa, is passionate about the care and service Richmond Funeral Home provides to bereaved families in our community and is committed to offering a personal service to the families he cares for.

Fiona McCracken

“Born and breed in the Wairarapa, Fiona was raised the middle child of 3 siblings and has also raised her own 2 children in Masterton.

Completing a Bachelor of Counselling and working with individuals and families experiencing difficult life events has lead Fiona to enter a career in funeral directing/planning.

Fiona is passionate about the importance of ceremony in assisting people on their individual life journey and is committed to working with families and individuals to create a funeral experience that is personal and meaningful.

When not at work you will find Fiona in the garden or socializing with family and friends.”

Blair Josephs

Originally from Rotorua Blair joined the dedicated team at Richmond Funeral Home in February 2011. He has four wonderful children Star, Zenton, Koby and Liam. Being a qualified funeral director and embalmer with over 15 years experience in the funeral industry Blair has a strong desire to help and serve others. His previous occupations included working in mental health and as a senior consultant in the financial sector.

When not working he enjoys relaxing, watching movies and doing arts and craft. Blair’s sporting interests lay more towards the more extreme activities like hang gliding, sky diving, and white water rafting, he also likes motorcycling, although these are all more off a spectator activity at present. Blair enjoys meeting and being of service to the families in the Wairarapa and believes each person grieves in their own unique way and it is part of his role to help reassure and support them through such a time.

Traysea French

Traysea was born and grew up in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Leaving in her late teens, she has lived in a few different places around Aotearoa New Zealand. Fox Glacier, Arrowtown, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson and has now recently settled in the Wairarapa.

She has an extensive background in Hospitality with a touch of Early Childhood Education.

Personal experience of losing loved ones has led Traysea to become part of the New Zealand Funeral Industry. Traysea joined the team at Richmond Funeral Home in December 2018, after completing an introduction to Funeral Services course at Weltec in Wellington.

Making a difference for families during challenging times is what Traysea aspires to achieve.

Nature bush walks is one of her favourite past times and staying connected with family and friends is a daily affair. Traysea is an active Lions Club member and enjoys volunteering.

Caring for the bereaved in our community since 1887