Our Team

We believe, in your time of need, that providing you and your family with professional care and compassion is essential in helping you say goodbye in such a way that is personal and meaningful.

At Eagars Funerals we can empathise with families because we have walked in those shoes, we know the importance of having family around you at funerals. When we say we care for loved ones, we care for them as if they were a member of our family.
 
We know that it eases the pain and grief by having the ritual of a funeral service and the importance of saying goodbye in a style that best suits the family. A funeral is about getting everything right, both big and small, our ultimate aim is to have families come and say Mum and Dad would have been proud of the service we have helped them to create.

Casey Martin

Casey Martin

Managing Director

As a third generation Funeral Director, Casey brings a wealth of experience to Eagars Funeral Services. Casey joined the business in 1992, helping her father, John, after she returned from training race horses in Japan. This temporary assistance grew into a full time role and Casey has been actively involved in the business ever since. Following John’s sudden death in 2004, Casey assumed the role of Managing Director and has successfully managed the business along with a busy family life.   Married to Richard and mother to Isaac and Emerson, Casey places great value on family and applies that to Funeral Directing by ensuring families are supported, informed and cared for at a difficult time. Casey takes pride in the fact that Eagars Funeral Services works to provide individual, tailored services and has a reputation for being Taranaki’s caring professionals.   In 2015, husband Richard joined the business full time and has taken over much of the day-to-day operations, allowing Casey to focus more time on the community.  If you would like Casey to speak to your group or organisation please contact our office.

William Eagar

William Eagar

Funeral Director & Embalmer

William started in funeral service just three months before the death of his father John in 2004.  That he chose to continue in the profession is testament to his commitment to taking care of families when they need it most.  William is a qualified funeral director having completed his diploma in 2009.  His career took him to Hamilton for three years in 2013 where he further grew his skills before returning to Taranaki in 2016.   William is married to Graeme and together they have three fur-babies; Sophie, George and Harry.  Outside of work they enjoy cycling, walking the dogs, entertaining and travel.   William brings the experience of almost 15 years in the funeral industry and over 10 in hospitality to offer families confident and competent service, without losing sight of the lighter moments that still occur when families get together.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Funeral Director & Embalmer

From broadcasting to sales to teaching to financial services, Richard has had a broad and varied career which provides a wealth of experience in business and people management.   Married to Casey since 2003 and a director of the company since 2007, Richard has been involved with Eagars Funeral Services for well over a decade.  As the business has continued to grow it has presented the opportunity to be involved in an active capacity.  Richard is loving the people contact and being in the privileged position of working closely with families as they create a special farewell for their loved one.   Outside of work Richard enjoys spending time with his children and supporting their many endeavours – from cricket to dancing and rugby to gymnastics.  He also makes great beer with his micro-brewery so be sure to ask for a sample when you see him!

Jan Knowles

Jan Knowles

Office Manager

As the first line of contact, Jan’s role within the company is a supportive one not only to her colleagues, but to the wider community. Jan’s creative abilities add a new dimension to the standard of service we can provide for our families. Her specialities are on the creative side with photo manipulation and personalised slideshows that are all produced onsite.   She is a very family oriented person and this is what attracted her to joining our team. Understanding our diversity and families individual needs shows her appreciation to the importance of family values.   Married to Craig, Jan had been a stay at home Mum as well as assisting with their business for the past 20 years. They have two children – both living in Auckland. Over the years Jan has been involved with Plunket, kindergarten, and school committees helping the community.  

Ashleigh Houghton

Ashleigh Houghton

Funeral Home Assistant

With a sea-change in mind, Ashleigh, her husband Sam and “the boys” (their two Italian Greyhounds Dawson and Mouse) moved over from Australia in January 2018. Having been in the funeral industry in varied capacities over the last 7 years, Ashleigh’s experience extends from mortuary practices to digital design of headstone and plaques, as well as working closely with families in funeral service and day to day operations of a crematorium and chapel services. Off the clock Ashleigh enjoys going to the beach, photography and weekend adventures finding a new spot to go camping.

Spencer the Dog

Spencer the Dog

Chief Comforter

Spencer the schnauzer loves to welcome people with a friendly bark and a wag of his tail.  You'll often find him sunning himself on the front porch or greeting other dogs as they walk through to the cemetery or Te Henui walkway.  Spencer loves people and many families - especially with younger children - welcome the distraction he provides.