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Meet the team

Jason initially began working in the funeral industry for a large Auckland company in 1986. Through them, he learned the essential skills and tools of the trade, and developed a respect for the industry. He knew without doubt, after 5 years, that this was definitely the career for him, and so decided to set up in business for himself. So it was, that in 1991, he founded Jason Morrison Funeral Services. Initially Jason worked alone, but within a very short time, he needed to take on extra staff. Over the years the staff have changed a little, until in more recent years, Dean, in then Eddie and then Nicola came on board. Since then the team has remained constant, and with the recent addition of Rosie, we now have a team of five.

Each one of us have unique strengths which we bring to the team. Read on to find out more about who we are, and what each person considers their strength to be.  
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Jason Morrison

I started my funeral career in 1986 on Auckland's North Shore, and after five years, decided the time had come to set up my own funeral home. Having lived in Warkworth for most of my life, I decided to open locally, on Whitaker Road, central to the Warkworth township.

I've seen many changes over the years, as the business has grown, particularly in the area of technology.
When I first began, funerals were mostly held in churches or in our chapel. However people's expectations and needs have changed over the years, and so now we take our mobile sound systems, video, recording and whatever else our families want to a huge range of locations; beaches, local parks, halls, clubs, wineries and even to people's own homes. The constant need to change and adapt, has meant that this profession, has never felt like work to me. I enjoy working with a team of people I can trust and serving a community of people who are now long time friends, of mine, my wife's and our children.

Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially tripping around the country with my wife in our bus, and when home, relaxing with friends over a meal. Our work life keeps us both very much focussed on our local community, and means that we have developed many deep relationships which brings us great satisfaction.

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Dean Weber

I began my funeral service career in the United States, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. I attained my Funeral Directing and Embalming License in the state of Iowa in 1995.

I joined Jason Morrison Funeral Services in 2002 then returned to the States for a couple of years, returning to work full time for Jason in 2006. Since being in New Zealand, I've built on my American education and experiences to serve our local community in every capacity possible.

I live in Warkworth with my lovely wife Karina and our two children Louie and Lilah. My interests away from funeral service include all sports and the outdoors especially diving, spearfishing, camping and golf.
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Eddie Allen

I grew up in Hamilton, and have lived in Napier and Zambia over the years, and I now live in Whangaparaoa.
 
With experience gained through the building industry, teaching profession, and missionary work I gained a passion for people and was drawn to the funeral service in 2004 on my return from Zambia.
 
I have a National Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Directing, and am passionate about helping people as they begin their journey of grief, both as individuals and as families, as they face the death of somebody dear to them.
 
I have been married to the same beautiful lady for nearly 40 years. We have three adult children and two grandchildren. My leisure interests revolve around family, church involvement, motorcycling, and armchair sport. I always seem to be making-over our house, and did manage to complete the Orewa Half Marathon a year or two back as well.

 
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Nicola Morrison

After going to the funeral of a friend's mother in 1994 which was honest and 'real', I was inspired to become a celebrant myself.
Since then I have gained my qualification as a celebrant, won awards for public speaking, studied for certificates in grief work and NLP and have taken many funerals and weddings. I am passionate about my role as a celebrant, as I get to tell the stories of so many interesting 'ordinary' people.... and although sometimes those stories can be heart breaking, the positive feedback I receive really helps me to keep going through some of the tougher stories.

Before working in this industry I worked mainly in the corporate world, and though interesting, it was impersonal and set goals I just couldn't get passionate about. This role, as celebrant and funeral director changes every day, brings me face to face with incredible people, people who keep me real, and gives me an opportunity to use my story telling skills in a way that makes a positive difference.

Once home I love spending time with my beautiful husband, our gorgeous children and two grandchildren Sophie and Eli. in my spare time....I love to walk, paint and write, though with a busy household and working full time, 'spare' time is extremely rare! 

 
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Rosie Rankin

 
I’m in my twenties and live locally with my partner Nick. I graduated from Mahurangi College in 2009, when I first attended work experience here at Jason Morrison Funeral Services. Funeral care is something I have always been interested in doing as a career, and I count myself very lucky to be able to work in the area I have grown up in – a place that I love. I had been working part time here at Jason Morrison’s a year prior to starting full-time in late 2014, and am currently working towards gaining the industry qualifications.

My personal interests include photography, design, music and art. In my spare time I also work as a photographer and enjoy time off with my family and friends.