Our Story

WT Howard Funerals was founded in 1922, we have been an integral part of the Manning Valley, Great Lakes and Gloucester areas for generations. We are closing in on 100 years serving our region. Our business has grown since its humble beginnings; William Thomas was a builder come coffin maker before turning to Funerals. We still operate from our original office located in Flett St, Taree, and offices now in Manning St, Tuncurry and King St, Gloucester.

Presently our key staff consist of the manager and Funeral Director Lloyd Ninham, First impressions officer Kirsty Ninham and Funeral Director Mandy Preston (Gloucester), Funeral Director, Bryce Steep (Great Lakes, Forster/ Tuncurry). We also have a competent support team.

WT Howard Funerals is a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association, an association which has represented professional funeral directors throughout Australia since 1935. The Australian Funeral Directors Association requires its members to abide by a code of ethics, designed to ensure quality premises, facilities and professional staff, thus ensuring the public a high standard of service.

WT Howard Funerals is part of a network of funeral homes, cremation facilities and cemeteries owned by Propel Funeral Partners, which extends to all states of Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Propel Funeral Partners is one of the largest providers of funeral and related services in Australia and New Zealand.


Lloyd Ninham is our Funeral Director and Manager. Lloyd began his time in the funeral industry after the loss of his first son to still birth, this tragic event encouraged him to the funeral business. “Lloyd says that the funeral industry is not a career but more a passion to provide selfless care to families that need our dedication, care and direction”. Lloyd prides himself on a high standard of community and personal morals, ethical practices, professionalism and transparency, does not discriminate, believes no matter your personal or financial status he can help.

Kirsty Ninham is our First Impressions Officer, and the face of our Taree office, Kirsty is a very welcoming and approachable person and with empathy and compassion. She brings prior management and counselling skills to the business. Kirsty and Lloyd’s loss of their first son, enable her to also understand the loss and grief that families experience.

Mandy Preston is our Funeral Director in Gloucester, Mandy is an experienced and valued member of our team. Mandy and her family are well established members of the local community, Mandy is well known for her care, compassion and empathy. Mandy is available by appointment only in the Gloucester office to attend to all your funeral related enquiries

Bryce Steep is our Funeral Director in the Great Lakes, Forster/Tuncurry region. He is the newest member to our team. Bryce brings experience, compassion and sincerity, beginning his career with funerals as a Salvation Army captain. Bryce is available in the Tuncurry office during business for arrangements and is well placed to attend to all your funeral related enquiries.