Our People

Gary Pickering

Gary has over thirty years’ experience as a funeral director, first being employed by the Wanganui funeral company of Dempsey and Forrest.

In 1995, the opportunity to return to his home area of the Wairarapa was offered to Gary and he returned to Masterton to work as a funeral director and then for 12 years as manager of a Masterton funeral business before opening Gary Pickering Funerals limited on 24th August 2010.

Over his years as a funeral director Gary has attained nationally recognized qualifications in Embalming from the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) at Trentham and Funeral Directing from Wellington Institute of Technology (WELTEC) at Petone.

Gary Pickering, the middle son of John and Coralie (Nee Cairns) Pickering, was born and grew up in Greytown where he attended Greytown Primary School and Kuranui College.

After leaving Kuranui, Gary enjoyed a number of employment opportunities in Greytown and Martinborough before joining the New Zealand Police for whom he worked in Masterton, Carterton and then Wanganui until leaving the Police and being employed as a funeral director.

Gary is married to Helen (Nee Corlett) and they have two sons, Mark and Derek who is married to Sarah who have three daughters and one son.

Gary and Helen live in Masterton where they enjoy their home and garden and love spending time with their family and in particular their grandchildren.

Over the years Gary has been actively involved in the outdoors including fishing, jet-boating, hunting, tramping and search & rescue.

Gary is a member of a local branch of an international service club organisation and involves himself in community projects and social activities of the club.

Adelaide Percy

Adelaide PercyAs the Wairarapa’s youngest funeral director Adelaide brings a fresh approach and passion to Gary Pickering Funerals.

The granddaughter of Tony and Pam Percy, Adelaide’s family has a long history in the Wairarapa, specifically Bideford, stretching back 120 years. Raised in Masterton, Adelaide attended Wairarapa College before leaving the Wairarapa to study.

After living in Auckland studying paramedicine at AUT University, Adelaide returned to her home town of Masterton to start a new career and become a funeral director.

Adelaide’s passion in life is caring for people and she also holds a National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Adelaide began working for Gary Pickering Funerals in April of 2015.