Our Team

Willie Matthew – Company Director –

5th October 1923 to 28th August 2018

 

We celebrated the life of Willie (our Boss / Dad / Grandad) on Friday 7th September 2018.
One of life’s great characters, he will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all.

Shelia Matthew Milne
Company Director

32 years’ service

Willie’s daughter, Sheila was born in Kirkcaldy and attended Sinclairtown Primary School and Viewforth High School before gaining a degree in Psychology and Business Studies at Edinburgh University.
After working in Personnel at Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, Sheila joined her dad in the funeral business 1989.
She passed the Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1991 and spent some time working with an all female funeral company in Perth, Australia in 1993. Sheila is married to Graham and lives in Kinghorn with their dogs and hens. Also they get the occasional visit for food from their three ‘children’ who are at university.

Ross McComiskie
Manager

22 years’ service

Ross joined Crosbie Matthew in 1999 and is proud to be one of the youngest to attain his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2004.

In 2020 Ross was promoted to Manager, where he organises the logistics and looks after our team.

He was raised in Kirkcaldy attending Capshard Primary School then Kirkcaldy High School. He still lives in the town with his wife Jolene and their sons Callan and Blair, and a cheeky little chihuahua called Pepper.

Lauren Matthew
Memorial Specialist / Administration

11 years’ service

Willie’s granddaughter, Lauren has been with Crosbie Matthew since 2010.

She lives in Kinghorn with her partner Rennie and dog Yogi (Newfoundland).

Lauren passed her Diploma in Funeral Directing in April 2016 but is not a fulltime funeral director. Lauren is more focused on the memorial, accounts and administration side, which she loves designing and coming up with new ideas for our brochures etc.

Mark Daly
Senior Funeral Director

16 years’ service

Mark started his career in Bereavement Services back in 1997 as chapel attendant/technician at Kirkcaldy Crematorium. He joined Crosbie Matthew in 2005 and holds a Diploma in Funeral Directing. Mark looks after our Glenrothes funeral home.

Mark is married to Tracy, lives in Glenrothes and they have four sons, one daughter and ten grandchildren. Oh, and let’s not forget their other boys, Alfie and Leo (the dogs). He has taken up golf. Although at present he looks better in his golf gear than he is at playing he has high hopes.

Michael Salmond
Funeral Director

12 years’ service

Michael left school in 2007 and went to college to study Uniformed Services for one year before starting work for the Fife Group in removals. He started working on a casual basis for Crosbie Matthew in 2009 before being taken on in a full time position and gaining his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2017.

Michael enjoys going to Bannatynes Gym and doing as many sporting activities as possible.

He also enjoys nights out with family and friends.

Michael and his wife Laura have a new addition to the family with their son Harry who was born March 2020.

Shaun Oliver
Funeral Director

24 years’ service

Born in 1956 and originally from Doncaster, Shaun moved to Kirkcaldy in 1980 after leaving HM Forces. He is married with two daughters, now living in Kinghorn.

Shaun joined Crosbie Matthew in 1997 having worked at Kirkcaldy Crematorium. He prides himself on being bi-lingual speaking both Yorkshire and Scottish.

Kerr Milne
Funeral Operative / Trainee Funeral Director

1 year service

Kerr Milne, (Willie’s grandson/Sheila’s son), started working at Crosbie Matthew as a young lad on a Saturday morning, washing cars and helping in the workshop. He has been an RNLI Kinghorn crew member since the age of 17.

After graduating from Aberdeen University, Kerr has come on board as a funeral operative, driving on funerals and supporting our funeral directors. In his spare time, Kerr likes to play football, go to the gym, and do some running, cycling and hill walking.

Devin Maclean
Trainee Funeral Director

Started August 2021

Devin knew from when she left school in 2016 that the funeral industry is where she would want her career to be. She had a six-week block of work experience in a funeral home and has now been in the funeral industry for two years.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her two dogs Biff and Benji and travelling to places with her partner, Cameron. Devin has recently joined the gym and is doing a skydive for charity this year.

Gavin Scott
Trainee Funeral Director

Started August 2021

Gavin left Kirkcaldy High School in 2001 going on to serve an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. He joined Crosbie Matthew in 2021 after seeking a career change and seeing our Facebook post advertising for a funeral director that sparked his interest. He has never looked back since.

Gavin is born and bred in Kirkcaldy where he lives with his wife Stacey and his son Josh.

Matthew Morrison
Funeral Operative

6 years’ service

Matty joined Crosbie Matthew in 2015 as a Funeral Operative and has quickly become a valuable part of the team. In his free time he enjoys a round of golf and plays at Dunnikier Golf Course on a regular basis.

Kerry Horsburgh
Administration

22 years’ service

With a History Degree from Edinburgh University Kerry successfully obtained a post graduate diploma in Secretarial Studies. She has worked in administration roles for over 30 years. She joined Crosbie Matthew in 1999 and works part-time supporting the funeral directors in a clerical and administrative capacity.

Kerry and her husband Derek live in Kinghorn. In her ‘spare’ time she plays tennis at both at Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn Tennis Clubs and enjoys swimming and gardening.

Laurie Baldie
Accounts/Adminstration

18 years’ service

Laurie was born and bred in Kirkcaldy. She spent over 20 years working in the accounting field before joining Crosbie Matthew in 2003.
She works part-time as a clerical administrator and is also responsible for preparing the management accounts.
Laurie has two grown up children, two granddaughters and a grandson.

Hazel Watson
Adminstration

6 years’ service

Hazel joined the administration team in the Glenrothes office in 2015. From her background working in the Victoria Hotel she has a lot of experience in customer service. In her spare time she enjoys travel, Zumba, and the great outdoors.

Christine Spalding
Administration

3 years’ service

Before joining the Crosbie Matthew team in 2018, Christine worked for 14 years in a Hospice in Edinburgh.
She has 2 children, 5 grandchildren and enjoys choral singing, reading, travelling and crosswords.
Christine looks after families in our Dalgety Bay funeral home.

Hayley Lindsay

Adminstration

Started August 2021

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Hayley then moved to Glasgow to complete a Post-Graduate certificate in Human Anatomy where she discovered her passion for caring for the deceased.

This led Hayley to pursue a career in the funeral industry where she can care for the deceased and their families. She is now a full-time Administration Assistant and occasional Mortuary Assistant with us.

Hayley lives in Kirkcaldy and enjoys spending time with her dog, Rufus, and partner Murray (in that order).

Connie Dixon

Adminstration

Started August 2021

Connie left school in 2008 and went onto study radio broadcasting at college before graduating from the University of Sunderland. In between studying she was desperate to stretch her legs, so took off for America to work in a girl scout camp for two summers, spending time afterwards travelling with friends she made along the way.

Working as a florist for the past five years, she took a great interest in the funeral side of things before moving over to join Crosbie Matthew.

Connie lives in Glenrothes with her husband Nathaniel and their dog, Lucy (cockapoo) who makes the rules. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and baking.

Carrie Thomas
Mortuary Technician/Embalmer

3 years’ service

Carrie grew up in Edinburgh and began embalming in 2000 as a summer job while she was a student. After gaining her degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design she soon realised she was better suited to a career in the funeral industry. She has been working as an embalmer since then and completed her embalming diploma in 2014, joining the Crosbie Matthew team in 2019.
Our ethical approach means that she uses natural and environmentally friendly methods, and only embalms when absolutely necessary.
Carrie lives in Edinburgh with her daughter so spends most of her free time negotiating with a toddler.
She is also a keen musician.

Bob McComiskie
Driver

9 years’ service

Bob joined Crosbie Matthew in 2012 after his retirement from the Ministry of Defence.
Having had a career in the MoD spanning almost 40 years he now enjoys his new found role as a part time Funeral Operative. It’s a perfect fit with his other activities of gardening and DIY.

Bob lives in Kirkcaldy with his wife Lorraine. He has two children and two stepchildren as well as eight grandchildren.

Alex Mackie
Driver

6 years’ service

Alex was born in Kirkcaldy, 1946, educated at the East and North Primary schools and 6 years at Kirkcaldy High School. After a few years working in a biochemistry medical laboratory when he qualified, he joined the family building business in 1974 and after his father retired in 1977 ran the business for 41 years.
He is married to Trish with six sons and twelve grand-children.
After retiring in 2015 and eager to keep working part-time he joined Crosbie Matthew in 2016.
​He enjoys assisting in all aspects of a respectful and professional funeral service.

We all live locally, and therefore know and understand the local community. We are all committed to supporting families in the Fife area (eg we have conducted funerals in Kirkcaldy, Cardenden, Auchtermuchty, Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour, Glenrothes, Thornton, Leslie, Kinglassie, Falkland, Freuchie, Dalgety Bay, Rosyth, Inverkeithing, Hillend, Dunfermline, Duloch) and beyond.

As a small, family owned business we do not answer to shareholders and, unlike some larger, corporate concerns, we are not pressured to jeopardise service to increase profits. Crosbie Matthew are proud to be a Funeral Director in Fife.