We spoke with Stephen Stewart, the new Cemetery Manager for the Western region, about his new role at various Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria locations.
When did Liverpool Cemetery start?
Liverpool Cemetery was proclaimed in 1892 by the NSW Government. It replaced the Pioneer Cemetery, which has reached capacity. With 9.52 hectares on site, areas within the cemetery were allocated to local churches for the burial of their parishioners.
How did you first begin working in the industry?
I started working in the industry in 1987, when grandmother passed away. I wanted the opportunity to work outside and to learn new skills like digging graves, using the cremator and undertaking. From there I excelled in all aspects of Catholic cemetery services and loved working there.
What makes you passionate about your work?
I am passionate about my job because I feel I can help families in their time of need when it seems everything else has collapsed around them. I will do everything in my power to make sure their funeral at Liverpool, Kemps Creek and Greendale goes the way they plan it.
What facilities do you currently offer at Liverpool Cemetery?
We offer two chapels – a multidenominational chapel open to all, even if they are not cremated or buried within the cemetery, and a second chapel located in the St Padre Pio Garden Mausoleum that features a skylight.