Once you request the services of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
Our Care Team
A frequent presenter on end of life issues, Mark regularly conducts programs in the community, including Duke Divinity School, area churches, hospice groups and Duke Hospital’s CPE program. He is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, is a member of Durham Rotary Club, has served on the boards of Durham Nativity School and the Durham Arts Council, and was President (2015-16) of the international association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Mark is fluent in Spanish and has a heart for the Latino community. He is a devotee of art history, enjoys exercise, travel, playing the hammered dulcimer, and tutoring at Durham Nativity School.
“I am awe-struck by the profound occasions my co-workers and I are given to enter people’s lives in the midst of crisis – to help them search for meaning around the mystery of death and to offer vital support. Funeral service is a sublime and sacred vocation, deeply satisfying as we help others come to terms with loss and impart some sense of hope.”
Mike enjoys aerobic training and spinning classes. An avid reader who enjoys travel when schedule permits, Mike is a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers and Duke Basketball fan. He has two grown children, Brian and Katie. Mike is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Durham Kiwanis Club.
“Establishing trust, connecting with people and exceeding expectations are key ingredients in making a family feel “well-cared for” throughout the entire experience. Funeral service is unique in the sense that every Hall-Wynne staff member has the ability to form a long-lasting relationship friendship with a family who just a few days earlier might have been a complete stranger.”
“I consider myself lucky because I’ve discovered not only who I am but where I’m supposed to be. My life’s been led by the overwhelming desire to help others, something I did not fully understand until I began working at Hall-Wynne. That satisfaction continues to reinforce I’m in the right place.”
“I’ve always wanted to work with people, and can’t imagine doing anything I’d love more than exactly what I do now.”
“My work as a funeral director is deeply satisfying as people respond gratefully for help and guidance during a sad and stressful time. It’s a privilege to work with a sense of calling in such a noble profession as funeral service. Every day we get to make a difference in people’s lives and contribute to making our corner of the world better.”
Joshua H. Bugajski
Joshua is a certified cremation operator, a member of the National Society of Leadership & Success, a member of the American Humanist Association, of which he is a Certified Celebrant, and a Master Mason of the William G. Hill Lodge #218. He is also active in the “Death Cafe” movement advocating death education and positive death experiences.
He and his spouse enjoy travel across the state with their camper and two dogs, and raising unique breeds of chickens. Joshua is also an accomplished painter in multiple mediums but mostly enjoys watercolors.
“In elementary school, I knew I wanted to be a funeral director. This unusual career choice was influenced by the good experiences my family allowed me at the bedside of great-grandparents. Being sensitive to death and the importance of ritual, I even had funerals for my pets. After experiencing personal tragic deaths later, I felt called to guide others to the grave, to mourn, and share my own insights to facilitate positive experiences for families I serve.”
C. Michael Poole
“I’ve always thought of my career in funeral service as a ministry. I have been honored to have served thousands of families in my years of service at Hall-Wynne.”
He joined the Hall-Wynne staff in 2003 as the company’s in-house accountant and funeral service associate. Gene became operating manager of the crematory upon its construction in 2009. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Gene also owns and operates a tax and accounting business, holds a private pilot’s license, but mostly enjoys time with his four children and six grand-children. He is also a car and motorcycle enthusiast and can often be found in his Corvette convertible or on his Harley-Davidson cycle.
“Funeral service has allowed me to help so many friends and acquaintances through a difficult time. I especially enjoy helping people I have never even met deal with the loss of a loved one. The gratification and appreciation I receive from families exceeds anything I’ve ever experienced.”