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About Pettigrew

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We are here to provide support and guidance during a challenging time in your life. We understand that the passing of a loved one can be overwhelming, especially when it falls upon you to make the necessary arrangements. We’re here to lend a caring hand and ensure you have the resources you need to create a meaningful farewell. Our team takes pride in providing personal, sincere care to help you navigate the process, ensuring that your loved one is honoured with respect and compassion.

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Our values


At the heart of our values lies compassion. We place a high priority on fostering understand-ing, empathy, and sincerity. Our aim is to ensure that our families experience genuine care and unwavering support throughout this difficult time.


Ensuring that our services are accessible and affordable to the community is key. By managing every aspect in-house, we provide quality care at one of the most affordable prices.

Ease and Comfort

Part of our core commitment is providing ease for our families through offering each aspect of the service in-house, to make this difficult time a little more manageable.


We strive to create custom, meaningful farewells that honour the life, values, and personality of your loved one, ensuring a tailored and heartfelt experience.


We aim to provide services with genuine sincerity. We believe in fostering trust and authenticity in our relationships with our families, ensuring that every interaction is filled with honesty and heartfelt care.

Our history

Pettigrew Family Funerals have a proud 50 year history of delivering care for families in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions.


The beginning

For more than five decades, we have been dedicated to supporting families. Our journey commenced in 1969 in Wallsend, where Allan, alongside his twin brothers, David and Neil, joined forces with the local funeral home to establish Crooks and Pettigrew. Their origins trace back to a local carpentry business crafting coffins. In 1972, they took a bold step by constructing our first Chapel, a departure from traditional norms at the time. Allan, David, and Neil ushered in transformative changes to the industry, setting a new standard.


Ian Pettigrew

In 1996, the reins were passed to Allan’s son, Ian. His visionary approach transformed us into the premier funeral provider in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region. Under Ian’s leadership, our facilities expanded to set new standards, including the Hunter Crematorium, Memories Function Centre, Newcastle West Chapel, and the renovation of our Belmont Chapel.


Leanne Pettigrew

In May 2014 Ian and his wife, Leanne purchased the family business. Sadly, Ian passed away on Saturday, 19 December 2015, aged 56. Leanne is dedicated in keeping Ian’s vision alive. Her focus was the same as Ian’s, to ensure the needs of each family that require our services were at the forefront and priority of the business.


Third Generation custodians

In 2018, the third generation, led by Joel as Managing Director, assumed the responsibility of nurturing what Ian and Leanne had built. Tori, Joel’s wife, is dedicated to curating and overseeing our special community events. Amy leads our marketing and design as well as our community engagement, embodying her father’s passion for giving back.

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You can write to us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, our website enquiries are monitored hourly Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm. If a loved one has passed, or your enquiry is urgent, please call us on 02 4951 1166.