Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Thomas LaBerge Funeral Director/Operations Manager

Tom was born and raised in Portsmouth and is a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1983. Tom is married to Deborah “Deb” LaBerge, the daughter of Fred G. Jr and Dorothy L. Ward. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Tom has served families in the Seacoast area for over 35 years. He worked at J. Verne Wood previously for 29 years before returning in August of 2017, as the operations manager. With such extensive experience, he has intimate knowledge of both the funeral home along with the surrounding communities and he will continue J. Verne Wood’s commitment to personal, compassionate, and professional service. Tom holds licenses in both New Hampshire and Maine.

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Deborah (Ward) LaBerge Office Manager

Debbie was raised in Portsmouth and is a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1983. She is the daughter of the late Fred G. Jr. and Dorothy L. Ward. After graduating from high school she started working at the funeral home. As office manager, Debbie has a central part in daily operations and usually has the first contact with families we serve. Debbie married Tom LaBerge in 1983; they have two children and three grandchildren.

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Gary Graveline Sr Funeral Director

Gary was born in Ludlow, MA and moved to California after he married. He has more than 38 years of experience as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, serving in all phases of funeral service. He joined J. Verne Wood Funeral Home in January of 2020. Gary served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1994, and after Operation Desert Shield and Storm, where he served as a Chaplain’s Assistant and Graves Registration Specialist in Germany as part of the support forces, he decided to return to full time funeral service. He currently serves his community as a member of Rochester Lions Club. Gary has been married to his wife, Linda for 43 years. He has two children and six grandchildren.

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Darryl Frank Appentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Darryl is a life-long resident of the seacoast area. A graduate of PHS class of 1981, he has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications field holding multiple certifications. He started working at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home in 2017. Darryl has been married to Kimberly (Kent) Frank for over 20 years and they have two children. His hobbies include golf and coaching various sports throughout the Seacoast.

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Richard LaBerge Funeral Assistant

Rick LaBerge is a life-long resident of the seacoast area and is the brother of Tom. He is a graduate of PHS class of 1968, USCG 1969-1973, and electrical and logic electronics technical schools. After over 40 years in the telecommunication industry, he retired and served as a wedding photographer in the Seacoast area for 25 years. His hobbies include digital photography, golf, and skiing.

Thomas LaBerge

Funeral Director/Operations Manager
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Tom was born and raised in Portsmouth and is a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1983. Tom is married to Deborah “Deb” LaBerge, the daughter of Fred G. Jr and Dorothy L. Ward. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Tom has served families in the Seacoast area for over 35 years. He worked at J. Verne Wood previously for 29 years before returning in August of 2017, as the operations manager. With such extensive experience, he has intimate knowledge of both the funeral home along with the surrounding communities and he will continue J. Verne Wood’s commitment to personal, compassionate, and professional service. Tom holds licenses in both New Hampshire and Maine.

Deborah (Ward) LaBerge

Office Manager
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Debbie was raised in Portsmouth and is a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1983. She is the daughter of the late Fred G. Jr. and Dorothy L. Ward. After graduating from high school she started working at the funeral home. As office manager, Debbie has a central part in daily operations and usually has the first contact with families we serve. Debbie married Tom LaBerge in 1983; they have two children and three grandchildren.

Gary Graveline Sr

Funeral Director
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Gary was born in Ludlow, MA and moved to California after he married. He has more than 38 years of experience as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, serving in all phases of funeral service. He joined J. Verne Wood Funeral Home in January of 2020. Gary served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1994, and after Operation Desert Shield and Storm, where he served as a Chaplain’s Assistant and Graves Registration Specialist in Germany as part of the support forces, he decided to return to full time funeral service. He currently serves his community as a member of Rochester Lions Club. Gary has been married to his wife, Linda for 43 years. He has two children and six grandchildren.

Darryl Frank

Appentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Darryl is a life-long resident of the seacoast area. A graduate of PHS class of 1981, he has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications field holding multiple certifications. He started working at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home in 2017. Darryl has been married to Kimberly (Kent) Frank for over 20 years and they have two children. His hobbies include golf and coaching various sports throughout the Seacoast.

Richard LaBerge

Funeral Assistant
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Rick LaBerge is a life-long resident of the seacoast area and is the brother of Tom. He is a graduate of PHS class of 1968, USCG 1969-1973, and electrical and logic electronics technical schools. After over 40 years in the telecommunication industry, he retired and served as a wedding photographer in the Seacoast area for 25 years. His hobbies include digital photography, golf, and skiing.