Our Team
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Our Team

At Geoffrey T Sowman’s, our funeral directors are very much part of the community and are passionate about providing a professional and caring service.

They have extensive experience in Funeral Service and are available at any time to discuss options with you.

To find out more about the extra care our team offers, please phone Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors on (03) 578 4719.

Barry Holmwood

(Dip F.S.)
Manager & Funeral Director

Barry began his funeral service career in 1985 in Nelson.  Graduating from the Weltec Embalmers course in 2005, Barry obtained the Noel McNee Award. He quickly followed this up with a Funeral Directors course in 2006 during which time he gained the National Diploma in Funeral Service.  Since 2004, Barry has been a member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association.

Barry is proud to be involved in the funeral service industry, as he feels they play an important role in helping and assisting the needs of grieving families and people within the community. In November 2016, he took over the management role at Geoffrey T Sowman’s.

Thelma Sowman

Thelma was born in Wellington, but spent her formative years in Blenheim before moving to Australia. On returning to Blenheim she met and married Alistair, and together they have two children and a grandson.

Alistair Sowman

Alistair was born in Blenheim and spent the majority of his life in the district. He worked with his parents Geoffrey and Rita Sowman at Geoffrey T Sowman Ltd. Alistair served as Mayor of Marlborough from 2004 – 2016.

Alastair Hebberd

Dip Emb
Funeral Director & Embalmer

Alastair has a Diploma in both Funeral Directing and Embalming, and was the recipient of the Sovereign Industries Endeavour Award. He is also a member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association. Born in Nelson, Alastair grew up within the funeral  industry. Alastair and his wife, Emma, moved to Blenheim in 2009 when he joined the team at Geoffrey T Sowman. He is an active member of the Blenheim Rotary Club and enjoys exploring the Marlborough area, and getting out on his mountain bike.

Terry Ryan

Funeral Director

Terry joined the team late in 2013. He has a Diploma in Nursing and has a background in Quality Management. In more recent years Terry, along with his wife Barbara, has been self-employed in the passenger transport industry. Terry and Barbara have seven adult children and are happy to be involved in their respective lives. Terry is a parishioner of St Mary’s Catholic Church and is a member of the Lamb of God Community. He is a member of the Marlborough Pistol Club and has an interest in ballistics. Overseas travel is very much on the agenda for the future.

Donna Wahrlich

Funeral Director

Donna has been in the industry as a funeral director and embalmer since 2013.  Having started her career in the Waikato, she moved back to Blenheim with her husband Jon after being away for 28 years, to be closer to her family.  Donna has two children and enjoys seeing them achieve their goals. In her spare time Donna and Jon like to fish, tramp, get out on their motorbikes and explore the country.

Faye Partridge

Dip. Bus Admin
Administrator & Designer

Faye has a Diploma in Business Administration and joined the team in March 2008, after 26 years running her own secretarial/desktop publishing services outlet. Faye was born in Blenheim, is married to Bruce and has three adult sons, and 5 grandchildren. Faye enjoys time with family and friends, along with computers, gardening, walking, cycling, fishing and the Marlborough environment.