Meet the Ninness Team
We know our funeral services can only be as good as the people who look after you and your family. This is why we only employ a team of experienced and professional funeral service experts, and we continually invest in our people to provide a respectful service. Each of our staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, offering you the expertise you need.
All our people are highly experienced; each individual understands what you are going through. Each are dedicated to plan a funeral that truly reflects the life of your loved one. Meet the hands behind the success of Ninness Funeral Home:
Brenden Jacobsen is the Managing Director of Ninness Funeral Home and feels proud and privileged to be the longest serving practicing funeral director in Porirua City.
Having grown up in Pauatahanui, Brenden was educated locally before attending St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Brenden commenced his career in funeral services in 2001 and has completed all his studies and qualifications in Embalming and Funeral Directing. Brenden also received the Diploma in Business and Management in 2010.
Brenden is a member of the NZ Embalmers Association (NZEA) and is a registered funeral director with the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ).
As a Justice of the Peace and marriage celebrant, Brenden is proud to serve the community. He currently sits as a lay member on the New Zealand Law Society’s early resolution complaints committee. Brenden is a member of Lions International (Tawa) and is a past president, secretary and board member. Brenden is also a member of The Porirua Club.
Brenden has a wide range of interests including travelling, spending time with friends, collecting antiques and reading.
Wade Hall was educated at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Wade commenced his career in funeral service in 2003 and has completed his studies and qualifications in embalming and is a member of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and the NZ Embalmers Association (NZEA).
Wade has worked internationally in funeral service as a Funeral Director and more recently was in a leadership position within Batesville Casket Company in Europe.
Wade is currently a member of Monarchy New Zealand, Titahi Bay R.S.A, The Porirua Club, St Patrick's College Old Boys Association and the Rotary Club of Tawa. He has an interest in travel, politics, history, theology, classical music, property and reading.
Wade is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.
Wade enjoys weekends away at his family holiday home in the Marlborough Sounds and in South Canterbury. Wade lives in Thorndon with his partner Janna, who is an Academic of English Literature.
Sheryl Lamont was originally from Westport and moved to Wellington in 1998.
Sheryl comes with a wealth of experience in financial management having worked with various financial firms.
She then had a change of career and worked for The Department of Corrections for ten years.
Upon returning to the finance sector Sheryl joined the Ninness Team and looks after the day to day funeral accounts and administration. Sheryl also supports our Managing Director, Brenden Jacobsen, as his Executive Asssistant.
During her spare time, she has a great interest in many sports, loves walking and keeping fit. Sheryl also enjoys watching movies and catching up with family and friends.
Sheryl is married to Monty and has two adult children. She lives in Whitby.
Larry Greco is the middle son of the late Raffaele and Hilda Greco of Island Bay.
Larry commenced his career in funeral service in 2003 and joined the staff at Ninness Funeral Home in 2017. Larry has worked previously in a number of roles within the NZ Forrest Service, Department of Social Welfare and NZ Post. Larry is a former Religious Brother of the Society of Mary (SM). Through the Order, Larry served a number of appointments including in Blenheim, Auckland, Silverstream and Timaru. Larry later returned to secular life to care for his ailing father.
Larry is also a graduate of Outward Bound, an experience he thoroughly enjoyed and will always remember.
Larry is a parishioner of the Parish of Wellington South and regularly attends church at St Francis de Sales, Island Bay. Larry is an executive member of Club Garibaldi (The Italian Club of Wellington).
Larry’s interests include keeping fit, fishing, reading, music and supporting local teams (especially Marist St Pats!).
David grew up in Karori and was educated at Wellington College. Following his schooling, David joined the Royal New Zealand Navy where he served as a Medic and traveled throughout the world on vessels such as the HMNZS Manawanui and HMNZS Canterbury.
As part of his Naval Service, David was involved in the Pacific Partnership operations 2014 and the recovery efforts from the Christchurch Earthquakes.David is a graduate of Health Sciences (paramedicine) from the Auckland University of Technology.
David joined the team at Ninness Funeral Home in 2017.
David is a member of the Porirua R.S.A and his interests include travel, hiking, gaming and football (Blackburn Rovers). David lives in Paekakariki.