Our Team

“For me it’s about learning everything I can about the person whose life we’re celebrating. While many people are modest about the significant achievements in their lives, I find nobody has lived an ordinary life and I will find their true essence to honour and remember that life.” Tom Dooley

A funeral is unlike any other event, it has to encapsulate so much in such a short period of time. That is why at Grace Funerals we say that… It is not a Day in Lifetime, – It is Lifetime in One Day

At Grace Funerals we have been celebrating and honouring lives with creative events for over 20 years. It is our level of care and innovation that sets us apart from other funeral directors.

Led by the Dooley family, we employ only the highest quality of Consultants who aside from having event planning experience are passionate about ensuring all of our client families receive the highest quality of service and the most memorable experience possible.

Tom & Asha Dooley have been in funeral service for the past 20 years. Prior to working in funeral service both Tom & Asha have extensive hospitality and event planning experience gaining here in Australia and also overseas in America, the United Kingdom New Zealand and the Middle East. Prior to working in funeral service Dale was a midwife and nurse.

Tom is the Director of Grace Funerals and when he isn’t meeting with a client family or on a funeral service he is overseeing all the other aspects of Grace Funerals. An active Rotarian he is often found working with our community.

Asha runs the operations of Grace Funerals and with our team of highly experience funeral directors and consultants ensures that every family receives the highest quality funeral service 100% of the time.

KEY PEOPLE

Tom & Asha Dooley are the father and daughter team who own and operate Grace Funerals. Similarly, they both commenced their successful careers in the events and hospitality industries, gaining extensive experience both overseas and within Australia.

They believe that their backgrounds are perfectly suited for meeting the needs of today’s funeral client.  Their “can do” attitude combined with their experience means that nothing is impossible when it comes to designing a personalised, beautiful and simple farewells.

TOM DOOLEY – Owner & Managing Director

Tom has almost 20 years funeral industry experience including holding the position of General Manager of NSW’s largest funeral business where he was responsible the operation of over 70 funeral homes. Prior to the funeral industry Tom held senior management positions within the hospitality and events industry where he was responsible for the staging of some of the largest and best known sporting and entertainment events throughout Australia.

For the past 15 years Tom has owned and operated funeral homes in Victoria and NSW. During this time he has been active within the funeral industry including, holding the positions of State President and National Councillor with the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA). Tom is active in the Grace business and he is also a highly regarded funeral Celebrant. Tom does the majority of Grace Funerals public speaking presentations.

ASHA DOOLEY – Owner & General Manager

Asha joined the family firm 3 years ago following a 10 year management career within the hotel and events industry in the USA, UK and the Middle East.  Asha is responsible for the day to day operations of Grace Funerals where she is actively and closely involved with our client families. Drawing upon her event experience Asha has introduced many innovations to the service offerings at Grace particularly those utilising the latest technology.

Asha has quickly developed a reputation within the Australian funeral industry for her original thinking and in 2015 she won the highly coveted annual AFDA Scholarship for her presentation of “Wow Funerals- the Future of Funerals”. Her prize was a study tour of the USA where she met and interacted with leading funeral professionals while learning of the latest trends. Asha is active with the funeral industry, she is a Councillor on the NSW Division of the AFDA. Asha is also sought after for her training skills and she regularly develops and presents webinars and training sessions for other funeral directors and their staff.

Dear Asha and Team,

 

When my son suicided it was the darkest time of my life. Your care, love and compassion helped to carry us through. You seemed to know exactly what we wanted and everything was handled with understanding and delicacy.

 

The service was a perfect tribute to his remarkable life. Your ability to accommodate our unusual requests (people signing the coffin and posting photo’s on it) meant that Sean received the farewell that I am sure he would have wanted.

 

Thank you all so much.

Linda Campbell
May 2017

It was such an emotional time for us but your professionalism and compassion helped enormously.

I haven’t been through this process before but it wasn’t upsetting as both Julie and Jo gave us such support and nothing was too much trouble.

I would definitely recommend Grace Funerals after our experience.

Carol & Rob
January 2017

The team at Grace Funerals, especially Asha and Tom, are wonderful people to work with. They provided professional, compassionate guidance through the funeral planning process, and my dad’s service was exactly how we envisioned. I would recommend Grace Funerals to anybody who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of needing to plan a funeral.

Nat Wells
April 2016

Not only were you all very patient but showed compassion in this difficult time. Tom we thank you and all your wonderful staff. The women looked so beautiful on the day and we were all touched at how everything fell into place. We think Dad would have been honoured.

Marie Walcott
July 2016

“Your professionalism, graciousness, love, comfort & support show to us at this most difficult time of losing our beautiful mother will never be forgotten. Every detail was handled with perfection, everything was very well co-ordinated in a very tight timeframe.”

Lorrene
April 2016

Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude to you and the staff at Grace Funerals. You kindness and assistance made the day a beautiful memory for us to reflect back on.

Pam
January 2016

The funeral service that you put together was absolutely perfect and was exactly what mum would have wanted. Please know that if I ever need a funeral director again you will be my first call.

Steve Nicholls

Grace Funerals were professional, compassionate and showed immense understanding throughout the whole process of my grandmother’s funeral. They came highly recommended by our Bishop and entire church community – and know I know why! Their service was outstanding and they showed show much attention to detail. Asha went out of her way to make sure the funeral was as beautiful and memorable as our nan while also carefully considering our budget and highly unique needs. The facilities had a wonderful ambiance and the day felt intimate, warm and welcoming. We had several extenuating circumstances that could have proven extremely difficult and stressful but Asha and her team really took us by the hand and handled everything for us. We can’t thank you enough. I would never go anywhere else now! I can’t recommend you highly enough!

Michelle Said
June 2017

Locations

Grace Funerals Emu Plains

61 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750

Grace Funerals Springwood

5 Raymond Lane , Springwood, NSW, 2777