Per­se­ver­ance and hard work pay off

The Tribune (NZ) - - ROBERT J COTTON & SONS -

Palmer­ston North fu­neral directors Robert J Cot­ton & Sons was founded in 1967 and has grown con­sid­er­ably over the years.

Robert was the el­dest son of Wil­liam Cot­ton who was in the fu­neral busi­ness in Feild­ing. Robert left school at the age of 14 to help his fa­ther, even­tu­ally open­ing his own fu­neral di­rect­ing busi­ness. Be­fore this Robert had worked at a num­ber of jobs, in­clud­ing as a car­pen­ter.

Robert op­er­ated his busi­ness out of premises on Tre­maine Av­enue, which con­sisted of a mor­tu­ary, view­ing rooms, a small chapel, an of­fice and a small workshop in which cas­kets were man­u­fac­tured.

It was dur­ing the early years of the busi­ness that cur­rent owner Trevor be­came in­volved, along with his younger brother Ross. Trevor and Ross both worked for a join­ery firm and their boss oblig­ingly al­lowed them time off work when their fa­ther re­quired their help in the fu­neral busi­ness.

Trevor says times weren’t al­ways easy but with hard work and per­se­ver­ance the busi­ness has not only sur­vived but pros­pered, mov­ing in March 1984 from the Tre­maine Av­enue site to bigger and better premises, known as Ter­race­haven, on Main Street, Ter­race End. A mas­sive amount of work was un­der­taken in ren­o­vat­ing the build­ings on the site. Over the years fur­ther al­ter­ations have been car­ried out and the com­plex now ex­tends over three sec­tions.

The Ter­race­haven Chapel was ex­tended in 1999 and now can ac­com­mo­date up to 280 peo­ple. The chapel is air-con­di­tioned and equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. It is looped for the hear­ing im­paired and is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for those in wheel­chairs or on mo­bil­ity de­vices.

There are two view­ing rooms avail­able to fam­i­lies at any time of the day or night. There is also a fam­ily lounge that can be used for small fu­ner­als. A sep­a­rate min­is­ters’ room is also avail­able and this pro­vides di­rect ac­cess into the chapel.

Cater­ing needs are taken care of in the Ter­racelounge or off site at an­other venue if re­quired. Off-street park­ing can ac­com­mo­date 50 ve­hi­cles.

Robert J Cot­ton & Sons is a mon­u­men­tal agent and can pro­vide help in se­lect­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate mon­u­ment.

Trevor, Ruth and Hay­den con­tinue to op­er­ate the fam­ily busi­ness with the help of fu­neral di­rec­tor and em­balmer Ross Carey and fu­neral di­rec­tor Adele Bar­nett.

Re­fresh­ments can be pro­vided in the spa­cious Ter­racelounge.

The Ter­race­haven chapel can ac­com­mo­date280peo­ple and is equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

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