The Role Of The Funeral Director
The Funeral Director will co-ordinate all the service details. Including, liaising with celebrants and Clergy, the organising of chapel, church or outside venue, the Cemetery or Crematorium, audio/visual presentations, newspaper notices, flowers, music, the RSL, mourning vehicles and all other personalised items.
When all these details are finalised, the Funeral Director will confirm them with you. It is our goal to make sure you have peace of mind and everything is in place. We take the “ load off your mind ” at this difficult time.
A Gentle Touch Funerals was founded, and is owned and operated by the Hobson family since 1997.
Terry Hobson – Owner and Director
Terry was educated in Sydney and became a master cabinet maker. He entered the funeral industry in the mid 1980’s and brings his vast experience to head the Company. Terry exhibits a strong involvement in the local community. He is President of the Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Mudgeeraba Rotary Club and Founder of the Automobile Restorers Association of the Gold Coast. His strive for quality and excellence is paramount.
Robbie Hobson – Owner and Director
Educated in Sydney, Robbie moved to the Gold Coast with a strong sense of community values. She belongs to numerous organisations including the Australian Funeral Directors Association (Women In Funerals), Business Network International and Women In Focus. Robbie also volunteers to assist Family Services and Aged Care. Her caring nature is a comfort to any family in need.
Mark Hobson – Owner and Manager
Mark was educated locally at All Saint Anglican College and is the driving force in the vision of the company as it is today. He continually strives to improve the future development of the company by maintaining a high standard and awareness of the current trends, setting the Company ahead of others. His passion for photography and family, gives an ideal understanding of the needs of families.
Mark’s personal touches creates a calm, peaceful and lasting impression on families.
Don Blackmore – Funeral Director
Born in New Zealand, Don has qualifications of Bread & Pastry Chef, Diploma in the Radio and Television Industry, and he has worked in Hospitality for a number of years.
Don found his true calling and entered the Funeral Industry in 1994. Having lived on the Coast for many years, he is well known and respected, as his knowledge is diverse in many cultural and religious requirements. He gains great satisfaction in being able to compassionately assist grieving families through difficult times.
Peter Chapman – Funeral Director
Peter is a long term resident of the Gold Coast, relocating from Sydney to ensure his family had a better future.
He has worked in the Hospitality industry for over thirty years and has gained wide experience within the funeral industry. He excels as a ‘ people’s person’ bringing his professionalism and personal touch.
Kain Rankin – Funeral Director
Kain jumped the ditch from New Zealand at the age of 9, and has lived on the Gold Coast for over 19 years. At an early age, Kain had a passion for the funeral Industry, having over 7 years experience working in all aspects of the industry, and he has also worked a number of years in Aged Care.
Kain brings a unique flare, sense of humour, empathy & compassion to the families he cares for.
Dian Constable -Administration
Born and raised in South Auckland, New Zealand, Dian began working in Tourism before venturing into Hospitality and Hotel Management. Having first emigrated in 1979 to Brisbane, the Gold Coast called, followed by a move to Cairns with family, before finally returning home to the Coast. Dian was self employed for many years in both international/domestic sales and tourism retail, giving her a strong customer focus, service, and satisfaction background, complementing her administration, reception, bookkeeping and frontline management training.
Tina Spratley –Administration
Katrina Spratley –Administration
Gail Webb – Funeral Director (Covering Brisbane districts and Moreton Bay Islands)
Gail brings 30 years of funeral industry experience to the Company, offering a personal and individual service, reflecting on the past by creating a memory that everyone can take with them. Her goal is for everyone to leave the funeral service knowing ‘that was the perfect way we wanted to remember our loved one’.
Gail specialises in offering her services in and around the suburbs of Brisbane, Morton Bay Islands.