Our Team

Our Team

Australian Heritage Funerals was established in 1998 by the McGrath-Colquhoun family and remains managed by Judith McGrath-Colquhoun.  Judith works actively in the day-to-day running of the funeral home. We are fortunate to be supported by a team of warm, caring and experienced staff.  Learn a little about us…..

Judith McGrath-Colquhoun

As the Manager of Australian Heritage Funerals, my overall priority is to ensure that we deliver exceptional service every day. That each and everything we do is of the highest standards and helps the families who rely on us.

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I love the variety and complexity of my work. Every day is different and an opportunity to help and support someone, to provide comfort during one of life’s most difficult times. That is very special to me and why I come to work each day. We receive wonderful letters of appreciation and verbal thanks on almost a daily basis and so I also find this work very satisfying on a deep personal level. I am very fortunate to work with wonderful caring people. Each contributes greatly to what we do and I am grateful to each and every one of them.
I am very involved with our community having served on the CentaCare Board for over 12 years, The Toowoomba Hospice Board for 5 years, the Zonta Club of Toowoomba Board for 2 years and as a past Treasurer of the Board of the Australian Funeral Directors Association, Queensland division. As well as a member of various other groups in Toowoomba, I also present educational sessions to many other groups, clubs and staff members of Nursing Homes, Hospitals etc every year.
I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends (often in various coffee shops!) or escape into the garden. Recently I decided to try something new so I am learning dancing, which I thoroughly enjoy.
My parents were both Funeral Directors, now retired, and although I originally worked as a teacher, I was drawn to Funeral Care and I am passionate about the work we do. For me, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else or doing anything else. I feel this is very special work and a honour and a privilege to work with our client families.

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David Jutsum

I am the Location Manager at Australian Heritage Funerals. Caring for and supporting our team so that they can compassionately and professionally care for our client families is a key priority. Working in the funeral industry, supporting families through grief and loss, and creating beautiful farewells for loved ones is an incredible privilege.

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I have always been drawn to roles working with people in need such as chaplaincy, pastoral care and managing non-profit organisations caring for youth and children. Working as a Location Manager at Australian Heritage Funerals is the perfect combination of my previous pastoral care and leadership experience.

I love this industry and the team I work with. Compassion, professionalism, kindness, respect, and dignity for all are key values that are reflected each day in the way our team engages with client families and cares for the deceased in our care. We have the honour of meeting and working with so many amazing people. I treasure the moments I share with client families, sharing precious memories during funeral arrangements, laughing at hilarious anecdotes shared, shedding tears together as we farewell a much-loved family member together – celebrating life.

Funeral service has taught me that life is a precious gift and I cherish my relationships with my children, friends, and family. I enjoy running, bike riding, watching movies and reading and, when I have the opportunity, I love escaping into nature: the bush, the mountains, or the beach.

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Glad

Following the sudden death of my late husband, I needed to get back into full time employment. Having dealt with the trauma of losing someone so dear,

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I felt I wanted to assist others. I am extremely passionate about my work and gain great satisfaction in my job and the feedback I receive from clients is always testament to this! I love the variety of tasks and the complexity of the details. I feel fulfilled at being able to help others through one of life’s most difficult of times. Don’t get me wrong there can be challenging times, but the Australian Heritage Funerals team is second to none, everyone is extremely hands on, considerate and helpful, and I see them all as an extension of my immediate family. During my spare time, outside of work hours, I enjoy the simple pleasures in life, family get togethers, gardening, walking and reading.

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Simon

Compassion and empathy and many years as working as a volunteer at the local Toowoomba Hospice is what inspired me to join the Australian Heritage Funerals Team as a Funeral Director.

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My respect for all forms of life, radiates into a comforting respect and deep compassion for the bereaved family and friends, and for the person who has died. I believe that the family environment created by the team at Heritage allows for personal ties with each and every family.

In my spare time, I love cycling, hiking, travelling, gardening, joinery and reading.

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Angela

I have had a passionate desire to work in funeral care since my early 20’s and, thanks to a long career in the travel industry, coupled with years of personal growth in my voluntary work,

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I am blessed now to be part of the team at Australian Heritage Funerals. It is the relationships I get to build with people that is the true highlight of my job – the aspect of this work that gives me the most joy. It involves uniting empathy and helping lessen people’s burdens in difficult circumstances; a blessing I so appreciate. In my spare time I like to walk, spend time with my two dogs, Max and Brenner and I am a member of a wonderful local church. I also love to sing and am part of the Toowoomba Gospel Choir. I often get asked how I can be around grief all day and I tell people that to help someone celebrate a loved one’s life, by planning their funeral, is as important as celebrating the milestones we share with those we love when they’re alive. The things I love most about Heritage Funerals are the wonderful family I get to work with and that I get to experience every part of the work we do.

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Tony

The caring work environment and the chance to offer compassion and respect to those in need are the main reasons that I joined the Australian Heritage Funerals team.

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I just love working in this role because I can provide compassion, dignity and care for people in need and during what may be some of the worst time in the lives, the passing of a loved one. In my spare time I like to spend time with his family and friends.

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Michael

This most rewarding work is an extension of and a seamless transition from my 22 years in pastoral ministry. As a Funeral Assistant, I am involved in the lives of people at their most vulnerable,

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as they experience deep loss. The attraction for me to join Australian Heritage Funerals is its family ethos, professional commitment and the personal engagement in the journey of those who are grieving, offering comfort and assurance, whilst giving meticulous attention to detail in the preparation of the service. I really appreciate the family atmosphere of Heritage and the close camaraderie with my co-workers. In my down time, I enjoy camping with my family and bike rides with my wife.

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Robert

There are a number of reasons why I love my job so much. Firstly, it is not your standard career path and secondly, I never dread the end of weekends or holidays coming to a close.

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I find in this position, time flies by and the role is so varied, that before I know it, another day is done. I often get asked by friends and colleagues, “How do you do it?” My answer is simple, I enjoy the fact that what I do is meaningful and to receive feedback from family members such as “Mum hasn’t looked this beautiful since…” and “You have been a wonderful help with…” makes it all worthwhile.

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