About Us

 
 

 

Goulburn Funeral Directors

 
 
As Australia’s longest continually operating funeral home, we have established a proud tradition of care and compassion in the funeral services industry. We understand that losing a loved one is very difficult, and we want to make things easier by assisting grieving family members during their time of bereavement.

We are licensed members of the Australian Institute of Embalming, the British Institute of Embalming, the Australian Funeral Directors Association and the Funeral Directors Association (NSW).
 
 
 
RJ Sidney Craig Funeral Directors managing director John Crooks has been involved in the funeral industry and servicing the Goulburn community for more than 32 years. The business has provided more than 183 years of caring funeral service.

We are committed to maintaining a professional and confidential service while also remaining kind, caring and empathetic towards our clients.Our services start from the moment you inform us of your loss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Caring Staff

 
Our caring and compassionate team includes licensed embalmers and funeral directors who understand what kind of assistance you and your family need during your time of bereavement.
 
 
 
 
John Crooks — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
 
John Crooks
 
Managing Director
JP, MAIE (MELB), MBIE, AFDA, FDA (NSW)
 
John Crooks is the Managing Director of R. J. Sidney Craig Funeral Directors and a second-generation Funeral Director. With 33 years of experience, John understands allfacets of the funeral industry. A previous Board Member and a member of the Australian Institute of Embalming, the British Institute of Embalmers, the Australian FuneralDirectors’ Association and the Funeral Directors’ Association (NSW), John ensures that R. J. Sidney Craig is at the forefront of industry best practice and professionalism. Aqualified embalmer since 1991, John holds the latest qualification, Diploma in Embalming (Certificate IV). John also holds a certificate as a Master Funeral Director

John has a strong commitment to the community and people of Goulburn which is demonstrated through his past role as an elected alderman of the Goulburn City Council and his long-time involvement with Junior Rugby League (in which he has been a committee member and office bearer) and his strong dedication to various community fundraising activities.

John is a member of an International Disaster Identification Group which can be deployed on assignment to various parts of the world often at short notice. He is also regarded as a leading expert on funeral industry-related matters from whom the media seeks advice.
 
 
 
 
Belinda Crooks — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
 
Belinda Crooks
 
Director
 
Co-owner and Director of R. J. Sidney Craig Funeral Directors, Belinda Crooks is head of the firm’s Women’s Division. From a young age, Belinda has understood the grief faced by families and the compassion and empathy they need after losing a loved one, as her father was the Manager of the Goulburn City Council General Cemetery for many years. Belinda understands that many women are more comfortable talking about funeral arrangements and feelings of grief with other women and ensures that the R. J. Sidney Craig Women’s Division provides a thoughtful and professional service to families in need.

Belinda’s role also includes liaison with families in the preparation and production of Pictorial Tributes for services, and the design, ordering and installation of cast-bronze plaques, funerary urns and memorial work. Belinda’s other responsibilities include Company Secretary, Payroll Services and managing the Finance Portfolio within the business.

Belinda is an active member of the Goulburn Community and has supported her children in their sporting achievements and academic studies. Belinda is also an active participant in local sports such as Netball and Touch Football. As with her partner John, Belinda participates regularly in various community fund-raising activities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glen Swanson — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Glenn Swanson, JP
 
Office Manager
 
Glenn Swanson was born and raised in Goulburn. With over 40 years of experience (including management roles) in the customer service disciplines of the Banking, Public Service and Retail Sectors, he brings a strong focus on assisting and guiding people through their difficult times of need. He has been recognised by the public and his peers for his work with the community with customer service awards both within the organisations in which he was employed, but also the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce.

Glenn has a strong sense of community and has been involved with many local sporting bodies as a player, a coach and club office bearer.

At R. J. Sidney Craig, Glenn assists families with all aspects of their Funeral Arrangements and strives always to provide the best possible outcomes in one of the most trying times they are likely to experience.
 
 
 
Bruce Hammond — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Bruce Hammond, JP
 
Office Manager (Retired)
 
Bruce Hammond was born and raised in Goulburn. His employment history includes service in the Royal Australian Navy and the Commonwealth Police Force, and 28 years as a Registered Nurse working in Goulburn

During his years as a health care professional, Bruce worked in many clinical and management roles, including positions as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Quality Assurance), followed by nine years as a Chief Executive Officer/Director of Nursing within the St John of God Healthcare group. He also served as a Board Member and Deputy Chair of the Catholic Health Care Association (NSW) and two terms as Deputy Chair on the Board of Directors of an Aged Care Service Provider in inner Sydney.

Bruce has been an active participant in the life of the Goulburn Community and has served as President of the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce and has been a committee member and office bearer in local sporting and community-based groups. He is an active member and senior office bearer of the Rotary Club of Goulburn.

Although “retired”, at R. J. Sidney Craig Funeral Directors, Bruce continues to assist families with all aspects of their funeral arrangements when called upon. His background in health care, management and quality assurance and his extensive professional, community and personal networks ensures that families receive quality service that is underpinned by the Core Values of R. J. Sidney Craig: ‘Compassion, Caring and Community’.
 
 
 
 
 
Stephen Andreatta — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Stephen Andreatta
 
Mortuary, Vehicle Fleet & Workshop Co-ordinator
 
Stephen (Steve) Andreatta was born and raised in Goulburn and has been an employee of R. J. Sidney Craig Funeral Directors for 12 Years and has a working background that includes supervisory roles and employment at the Goulburn Base Hospital.

Stephen has a multi-faceted role at R. J. Sidney Craig, which includes management of the Mortuary, the workshop facility and the firm’s fleet of vehicles.

Stephen recognises the importance of empathy and sensitivity as key values of his role in the mortuary and strives always to provide a dignified and lasting memory of a loved one. That lasting memory is also passed on through his work with the installation and refurbishment of cast-bronze plaques and other associated tasks.

At R. J. Sidney Craig, Stephen’s connection to the Goulburn community is an important aspect of his work, and he is widely recognised as a caring, professional person who takes great pride in his capacity to provide an excellent service that does much to contribute to the recognition of R. J. Sidney Craig as a leader within the local community and the Funeral Industry.
 
 
 
Jo Hore — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Joanna (Jo) Hore, JP
 
Funeral Consultant
 
Joanna (Jo) Hore was born, raised and received her schooling in Goulburn. Jo was employed as a Hairdresser in Goulburn for 20 years prior to joining the team at R. J. Sidney Craig 3 years ago.

As a local person who was brought up in a close and supportive family, Jo has a deep and personal understanding of what it means to lose a loved one and of the impact of grief. Jo is keenly aware of the importance of being a good listener and believes that her many years in customer service has provided her with a sound understanding of the community of Goulburn and an innate ability to guide families through their times of sadness and loss.

Jo takes a great pride in her diverse, many-faceted role at R. J. Sidney Craig which encompasses office and administration responsibilities, liaising closely with all aspects of arranging a Funeral Service and finally conducting the service itself.

Jo is married and the proud and caring mother of three, and links to her community through an active participation in the local Touch Football competition and her regular involvement in community fund-raising activities and initiatives.

Jo is a proud member of the team at R. J. Sidney Craig and will ensure that families receive a quality service that is always caring, compassionate and empathetic to meeting their needs at all times.
 
 
 
 
 
John And Belinda Crooks — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
John & Belinda Crooks
 
John and Belinda Crooks are married with four children and enjoy living in Goulburn.
At the helm of a local, Australian-owned family business, John & Belinda say that everyone at RJ Sidney Craig treat clients as if they were their own family members in need of support and understanding at a time of loss.
 
 
 
Geoff Smith — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Geoff Smith
 
 
 
Jesse Lacey — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Jesse Lacey
 
 
 
Haley Snape — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Haley Snape
 
 
 
Daniel Strickland — About Us In Goulburn, NSW
 
Daniel Strickland
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Community Involvement

 
RJ Sidney Craig Funeral Directors is actively involved in giving back to the local Goulburn community. We support several clubs and charity groups, such as The Challenge Foundation and the Goulburn Workers Club, The Challenge Foundation, Goulburn Workers Bulldogs RLFC, Goulburn Junior Stockmen, Mission Australia, Goulburn Lilac City Festival, Goulburn & District Suicide Prevention Network, Goulburn & District Netball Association Inc, Goulburn Golf Club, Goulburn Railway Bowling Club, Brainwake, Goulburn Cycle Club, Goulburn Rose Festival, Goulburn Domestic & Family Violence Committee, Crookwell Squash, NSW Squash Masters, Goulburn Tennis Association and the Crookwell Bereavement Service.
 
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We can assist with burial or cremation plans, preparation for viewing and more
 
 
 
For those who want to have their loved ones cremated, we can arrange services at Craig’s Hill Crematorium. Our chapel is peaceful and serene which makes it perfect for families who want to bid their last farewells. We can also take care of music and flower arrangements.

Our hearses and mourning vehicles also ensure that you will be transported comfortably to your loved one’s final resting place. We also have a licensed grief counselor who can help you process your grief during your time of need and can put you in touch with bereavement groups.

At RJ Sidney Craig Funeral Directors, we strive to make farewells beautiful, memorable and affordable. You can be sure that our caring staff will be with you every step of the way.