Luke Apthorpe & Family are focused on personal service. Our staff members are carefully selected as we believe our client families benefit from the service that each and every staff member has to offer.
Owner and Managing Director
Principal Funeral Director
Luke is the sole owner and director of the company.
Most funeral homes are passed down from generation to generation or owned by large national companies, but Luke Apthorpe & Family has been built from scratch by an ambitious young man, who at the age of 16 saw a need for quality care in his local community.
At the age of 20, in the year 2000, Luke Apthorpe opened his own company and funeral home, making him Australia's youngest funeral home owner.
Since then he has held Police Contracts serving the entire Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Lower Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter Valley and Port Stephens regions. He has also expanded his services to include his own monumental mason's division and a boutique florist shop.
In 2013, Luke was elected by his peers to represent the Australian Funeral Directors Association on the NSW/ACT Divisional Council, and Luke represents the Newcastle, Hunte rValley and South West Slopes regions of New South Wales.
Professional education and training undertaken by Luke has fostered additional skills and expertise that clearly benefit client families although they may not realise it at the time. Luke has studied many courses in Sydney ranging from Advanced Mortuary Skills & Restorative Art through to Grief and Loss.
Luke is a member of Blake's International Emergency Response team and in 2007 he travelled to the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa to assist with the Kenya Airways Flight 507 crash, and assist with the repatriation of the 105 passengers back
to 29 different countries.
The funeral home operates from a large purpose built facility in the Hunter Valley, and the company serves all suburbs of the Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Myall Lakes, Central Coast and Sydney regions, along with a trusted and experie
nced International Repatriation service.
Luke is actively involved in all aspects of the company, from conducting funerals, mortuary care, arranging flowers and installing monuments.
Principal Funeral Consultant
Employed Since 2006
Amos came from his music teaching background where he worked with many children, teenagers and adults, which allowed him to develop and refine special “people skills” which many of our clients appreciate. Amos is originally from Dungog and his family encouraged a musical education and Christian faith, and served as a musician at Dungog Baptist Church.
Amos is passionate about providing personal service and care and is dedicated to ensuring all our client families are given the highest level of care available. Amos is usually the first point of contact at Luke Apthorpe & Family and our clients warm to his sensitive and discreet personal service.
Amos has significantly contributed to Luke Apthorpe & Family’s strong and growing reputation.