Gabrielle Walsh has always enjoyed a strong worth ethic, commencing part time work at the age of 14 in a local milk bar. After leaving school she worked and studied for two years in nursing but decided her ambitions were directing her towards a slightly different caring vocation.
In 1985 at the age of 23 she joined the funeral services profession, working with the Giannarelli Group in Brunswick. Her first responsibilities were to keep the fleet of funeral cars washed and polished every day. She soon moved on working with Le Pine Funerals where she was trained how to arrange and conduct funerals, quickly becoming the first woman to arrange and conduct funerals in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.
She interrupted her career briefly in 1994 to marry her husband Keith and start a family learning ‘coffin wrapping’ with unique finishes at home in her spare moments.
Within a year she had started fulltime work again and opened the business Gabrielle Walsh Funeral Services. She started by running the business from home and then leased premises in Watsonia before moving to her current premises at 509 Greensborough Road, Greensborough. This took a little more time than expected as she chose to renovate an old Veterinary Practice, which involved a very slow process of council approvals. With three children Georgia 20, Tom 16 and Morgan 15, she spends most of her spare time with her children’s sporting commitments. In the rare moments, when time permits, she loves swimming and reading whenever she can.
Her business has won a deserved reputation for caring and professionalism, getting things done, and providing families with detailed assistance and support through every step of the funeral process. She still provides her special service of providing a range a unique coffin finishes for her clients.
Gabrielle is a passionate supporter of Variety the Children’s Charity, Watsonia RSL, The Salvation Army and many local sporting clubs.
When we asked her about the future, she explained: “I never think about the future, I just put all my energy into the present!”