Our Staff

Acacia Staff photo newWe would like to introduce our local team of dedicated and professional people to reinforce our commitment to the community.

Our team has been hand-picked to achieve the best outcomes for our families affected by the loss of a loved one.
Each staff member brings individual skills to complement each other and ultimately achieve the expected experience for our client families.

PETER JOYCE

Peter has lived in small country towns for most of his life, and knows what rural communities are looking for when seeking the services of a funeral director. Peter was previously a Victorian Police officer, and has 14 years in Local Government service as a Councillor and Mayor on three occasions in Towong Shire.

Peter’s involvement with the funeral industry started in the mid 1990’s. He felt that it was a logical extension to his extensive community service over a number of years in his local community of Corryong. In 2013, Peter commenced full time employment with Acacia Funerals, as the funeral Director/business Development officer, based in Lavington. The business has grown considerably since that time, with a new office being established in Myrtleford to service the needs of the community in the North East region, including Myrtleford and Bright.  

Peter prides himself on his ability to be able to be of assistance to all those that need it, offering a very professional, dignified and caring service and being empathetic to his client family’s needs.   The funeral industry is constantly changing and Peter enjoys the challenge of being able to offer his families up to date services to enhance their loved one’s final farewell.

CAROLE RICHARDSON

Carole comes from a family of 5 generations, all born and raised in Myrtleford. She is a mother of 3 and grandmother to five girls.

Carole has worked in various industries including Mayday Hills hospital, driving taxis and hospitality. She was later employed by Garlick Family Funerals for 5 years until they sold the funeral home. Carole retired and was then approached by us to be a local representative and to assist on funerals within the North East Victoria area.

Carole enjoys working with her team mates, especially when she is able to assist families in difficult times when dealing with the loss of loved ones and finds this the most rewarding part of working in this industry.

JIM BORSI

Jim has lived in the Myrtleford area all his life. He operates a farm at Rosewhite, just outside of Myrtleford with his wife and 4 children. Jim also works at Alpine Health as a nurse.

Jim feels that it is a privilege to be able to help families who are experiencing grief and loss, and considers it an extension of the care that he offers to those in need at the hospital.

Jim enjoys working in a team environment, which is why he likes working for Acacia Funerals.   

MARGOT BOWDEN-JOHNSON

Margot is a registered nurse who has resided in Myrtleford since 1987, having come over from Adelaide in her twenties. Margot has been nursing for over 20 years and in that time has cared for many patients from the local community that have had terminal illnesses, or who have passed away suddenly. Margot has gained a lot of satisfaction from nursing these patients and helping their families through what can be the worst period of their life. Margot realised over the many funerals she attended that she could help people more through the grieving process by helping them with their loved one’s final farewell. It is this belief that led to Margo working with Acacia Funerals, a company she thoroughly believes has a lot of respect for this process. Margot feels it is an absolute privilege to be of support when it is most needed. 

MARGARET WILSON

Margaret has lived and worked in Bright for over 50 years. She worked in Pharmacy and was a leader with the Bright Youth Club. Margaret also became the co-ordinator of HomeCare, meals on wheels, and home maintenance for over 20 years for the Alpine Shire. Margaret worked alongside her husband Jerry in the taxi business, raised 3 sons and has 4 grandchildren.  Margaret has always been a peoples person; she served on the local hospital committee, community welfare and led the Nursing Mothers Association in Mt Beauty, Bright and Myrtleford for 15 years and conducted the first Ante-natal classes in conjunction with all 3 hospitals and their staff.

Margaret is a marriage celebrant, however her first love is funerals. She considers it an honour to be involved with the dying and their families and when she was approached by Acacia Funerals realised that she could use all of her learnt skills. Margaret really likes the idea of being able to put together a service exactly as the family wish; there are many more options available now that can be tailored to suit each individual.

Margaret feels privileged to be called upon to assist in any way she can and encourages the community and local residents to make contact to enquire about what is on offer in the changing ways of conducting funerals.