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 at J. Verne Wood for nearly four decades. As operations manager, with his extensive experience and intimate knowledge of both the funeral home and the surrounding communities, he provides thoughtful and detailed services to families with empathy and compassion. Tom holds licenses in both New Hampshire and Maine.
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 assistant 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.
Darryl is a life-long resident of the seacoast area. He is a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1981 and more recently, a graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services, Class of 2022. Darryl started working at J. Verne Wood in 2017 and as an intrical member of the funeral home team he will continue to serve families with personal and compassionate care. Darryl is married to Kimberly (Kent) Frank, also of Portsmouth and they have two children.
Chris joined our team in June 2023. He is native of Lowell, MA and a third-generation Licensed Funeral Director from a well-known funeral directing family. Chris comes with over 30 years’ experience in the funeral industry, beginning in his childhood years growing up in his father’s funeral home. He began his education at the New England Institute of Funeral Service at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA; and he completed his associate degree in Funeral Service with the American Academy McAllister Funeral Institute in New York City. Chris takes great pride in assisting families in their greatest time of need, and his attention to detail assures families their loved one will be honored with compassion, dignity, and respect. Chris is happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Stephanie, and later in their marriage, they had a daughter in 2017 and a son in 2019. As owners of a classic 1966 Cadillac, they can be seen (as a family) attending various cruise-nights, car shows, events and parades throughout New England in-season. Chris loves anything outdoors, especially the beach, and frequents the family trailer on the Maine coast. Chris is licensed in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mary Carey is a retired Portsmouth High School English teacher who also works as Concierge at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle. Her mother, Eileen Dondero Foley, and her grandmother, Mary Carey Dondero, both served as Portsmouth mayors.
Mary Carey is happy here at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home and loves to provide warm smiles and comforting hugs to our guests.
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.