Meet our Multicultural Team

George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals has extensive experience providing a wide range of multicultural services.

Over the years, our funeral directors have assisted with a variety of cultural and religious services, from Chinese Buddhist to Christian, Russian and Serbian Orthodox funerals amongst others.

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Luteru Reupena
Pacific Islander community

Luteru is Australian born with a rich Samoan heritage. Also know as “Chief Faitau” after been bestowed with a orator title and fulfilling the Traditional Tatau-Tatoo journey in 2012. Luteru is a also a qualified Carpenter that volunteers building and carving Pulpits/ lecterns for local Pacific Island churches.

Together with experiences and culture understanding can provide unique pacific island funerals. Luteru can carter to Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands, Niue and other Pacific Islands. 

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Martin Gomes
Asian & Indian community

Martin joined the funeral industry in Singapore in 1967 and migrated to Australia in 1979 and has worked in the funeral industry in Sydney and Brisbane all this time.  Martin’s vast experience in the industry brings a strong knowledge of our various diverse multicultural communities. 

Martin has a deep understanding of our Asian communities and their respective faiths, including Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Catholic, Atheist and Sokha and the importance of rituals, customs and traditions.  Over the years Martin has also worked closely with our Hindu, Sikh and Bahai communities. 

As some families prefer to repatriate their loved one to their homeland, Martin has developed extensive knowledge of international repatriation requirements and has strong relations with the various Consulates.  

Martin particularly enjoys helping first generation families meet their embedded rituals and practices as closely as possible as allowed by local laws and sharing his knowledge with second generation families.   

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Jun Li
Chinese community

Jun migrated to Australia 31 years ago from China. Speaking fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, she understands firsthand how difficult it can be to deal with the language and cultural barriers presented to a family when they have lost a loved one and are looking to arrange a funeral. She specialises in assisting those looking to arrange a funeral which honours Chinese heritage, customs and traditions.

Since arriving in Australia Jun has always had a close involvement with the Brisbane Chinese community. For over 25 years Jun worked as a migration agent, working closely with families looking to start a new life in Australia.

Her passion is her community and she is proud and grateful for the families that she has been able to serve and help celebrate a life of a loved one. 

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Barry McIntosh
Orthodox community

Barry has dedicated the last 25 years of his life serving families in Brisbane.  He is recognised in the Orthodox Churches (Greek, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Macedonian, Romanian, Lebanese & Ethiopian) for respecting the Eastern Orthodox funeral and burial rites and understanding their various protocols.  He has also a strong supporter of a number of Orthodox community events across South East Queensland through sponsorship and attendance. Barry is also a volunteer at the senior citizens and circle of friends group at the Mt Gravatt community hall.  When asked what he believes is the most important part of his role, Barry says it’s providing customer service in a professional manner to deliver a memorable service for every family.

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Jake Howes
Jewish communtiy

Jake is part of our team based at George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals at Kelvin Grove and has a continued long-standing relationship with the Jewish community, working closely with the  Brisbane Chevra Kadisha Jewish Burial Society for the last three years and respects and assists with Tahara (purification) and burial of persons belonging to the Jewish faith in accordance with Jewish laws and customs.  

He feels truly honoured to be given the opportunity every day to guide families through one of the most difficult experiences of their life and to ensure they farewell their loved one the way they want to.

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