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Our Heritage
J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel is an independently owned and locally operated funeral home offering a wide variety of Traditional Burial and Cremation options. Established in 1854, we have proudly served Portsmouth and the surrounding communities for over 160 years. That makes us the oldest funeral home and among the oldest continuously operating businesses in the Seacoast. In keeping with our long heritage, we pride ourselves in providing professional and compassionate service to everyone who walks through our doors.
Since 1949, the funeral home has been under the stewardship of the Ward family. George Bradford Ward bought
the business from J. Verne Wood himself and moved it from Buckminster House in downtown Portsmouth to our current location at the Benjamin F. Webster House. He added “Buckminster Chapel” to the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home name as homage to its former location. After George’s passing in 1973, his nephew, Fred Grant Ward, Jr. continued the family business. Today, the funeral home is operated by Fred’s daughter, Debbie LaBerge, and his son- in-law, Tom LaBerge. Together they maintain and expand a legacy of unparalleled service three generations in the making.
Benjamin F. Webster House - Our Current Location
Building Interior at the Entrance Buckminster House

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