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                                                        Our Valued Staff
Thomas LaBerge
Funeral Director/Operations Manager
Email: jvernewoodfh@comcast.net Phone: (603) 436-1702
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Tom started working at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home
at the age of 21 under the direction of his father-in-law, Fred Ward, and continued for the next 33 years. With such experience, he has expertise arranging services for all
faiths and ethnicities as well as intimate knowledge of the surrounding communities. Outside of the office, Tom is active in freemasonry and is a member and Past Master
of St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56 F&AM; a member of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 F&AM; and a York Rite Mason. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Portsmouth and Dover; and a member of NH Consistory 32° of Nashua. Tom is married to Deborah LaBerge and they have two children and three grandchildren. He is a graduate of Mt. Ida College/New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and holds memberships in the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association, Maine Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Deborah (Ward) LaBerge
Office Manager
Email: jvernewoodfh@comcast.net Phone: (603) 436-1702
Debbie was raised in Portsmouth and is the daughter of the late Fred and Dorothy Ward. She started working at the funeral home while still in high school. 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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