Caroline Killeen, office manager at TJ Scott and Son (Kilmore) has a beautiful and warm energy. So much so, that it’s easy to forget that TJ Scott and Son is a funeral business – and not Caroline’s living room.
Born and raised in Kilmore, Caroline travelled the world with her husband and three children for many years, before returning home. Kilmore may be long way from the excitement of Dubai and Hong Kong, but Caroline couldn’t be happier to be back.
“My husband and I wanted to give our children the same country childhood experience we had,” she explains. A trained screen make-up artist and flight attendant, Caroline joined the family funeral planning business, TJ Scott and Son, in May 2015. The business, which started in Kyneton in 1938 has three offices in Kilmore, Gisborne and Kyneton.
It is in its third and fourth generation of owner/operation, with Caroline’s cousin at the helm as general manager.
Founded by Thomas Scott, Caroline’s great grandfather, the business started with a simple hearse and utility.
Eighty years on, TJ Scott and Son operates with a fleet of vehicles, with a fully equipped mortuary and 100 seat chapel at Kyneton.
Being in this industry can be tough, especially when children and babies die. But it’s an area TJ Scott and Son are empathetic to, particularly given personal experience. Despite this, Caroline says she loves her work. “I’m passionate about providing people with support,” she says. “Also, in a semi-rural town, there’s a strong chance that I’ll know the family. This makes my work all the more meaningful.”
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