Since 1933 Peabody Funeral Homes & Crematorium has been family owned and operated.
Throughout the years our goal has been to provide helpful and caring service to families planning for the death of a loved one. It remains our top priority today.
Whether you are planning in advance or at a time of death, we can assist you in arranging the service that is right for you.
Here to assist you are:
Erik Peabody - Owner & Licensed Funeral Director
Erik is the eldest of the Peabody sons. He grew up in Derry in the family business graduating from Pinkerton Academy in 1985. He continued his education at New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, earning his Associate’s degree in Funeral Service. After graduating in 1987 Magna Cum Laude he joined his grandfather and father in the family business. Erik has been certified by the Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator. Erik is active in the community as well, serving as a member of the Derry Rotary Club. He has also received the Paul Harris Fellow award for community service. Other memberships include NFDA, NHFDA, CANA, and the Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce. Erik married his wife Carrie in 2001 and lives in Auburn with their twins, Kylie and Ryan. They enjoy traveling, spending time at the family camp, snowmobiling, and skiing.
Craig Peabody - Owner & Licensed Funeral Director
A native of Derry, Craig attended Derry schools and was a 1987 graduate of Pinkerton Academy. During high school he worked at the funeral home alongside his brother Erik, their father Glenn and grandfather, Bert. Following high school Craig graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New England Institute, a mortuary college in Boston. In 1994 he married Jennifer (Tolan) Peabody, also a Pinkerton Academy graduate and office manager at the funeral home for nearly 20 years. Craig and Jenn live in Londonderry and have two sons, Jacob and Travis. Craig, Jenn and their boys enjoy camping, skiing, snowmobiling and spending time in the White Mountains of NH. Craig is a member of the NFDA, NHFDA, CANA and the Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce.
Amy DeVries - Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Amy was born and raised in MA before moving to NH in 1996. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998 from Mount Ida College, Newton, MA. In January 1998, Amy began working part time for Peabody Funeral Home, becoming a full time employee in July and began her apprenticeship shortly thereafter. In 2000, she became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of NH. She continued to work for Peabody Funeral Homes until May of 2005 but returned in 2010 after taking a few years off to start a family. Amy has been married since 2004. She and her husband, Dana, have two children; a daughter Lillian and a son Miles. Amy enjoys a wide variety of crafts, including crocheting and sewing, but cherishes most the time spent with her children and husband.
Jim Gage - Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Jim has been in funeral service since 1998, and is a 2001 graduate of the Funeral Institute of the Northeast, and a member of the Delta Epsilon Honor Society. Jim has been a licensed NH Funeral Director since October 2001, and joined the staff of Peabody Funeral Homes in December of 2010, having previously served with two other funeral homes in Southern NH. Jim was certified as a cremation operator in 2009 by the Cremation Association of North America, and is an accomplished funeral technician. Jim is a native of New Hampshire, and lives in Goffstown with his wife Maureen. They have five children between them, and are raising two grandchildren. Jim enjoys military history, especially the Civil War, music and time with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife welcomed their 3rd grandchild in December of 2011.
Jamie Sweatman - Funeral Director & Embalmer
Jamie is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Class of 1992. He has been a funeral director for 20 years, and is honored to assist families in their time of need. Jamie has been certified by the Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator, and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He enjoys the four seasons of New England, skiing in the winter and spending time on the Cape in the Summer.
Jennifer Peabody - Office Manager
Jennifer, who moved to Derry shortly before high school, is a 1986 graduate of Pinkerton Academy. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In 1992, she began working part time for the funeral home while also employed by a biotech company in Massachusetts. Her position of Office Manager became full time in 1993, working alongside Craig and his brother Erik. Married in 1994, she and Craig have two sons, Jacob and Travis. She enjoys time spent with her family on the beaches of the Cape, camping and snowmobiling in northern New Hampshire and following her boys’ activities. She likes to read, play cribbage and do crossword puzzles.
Marc Bechard - Funeral Assistant
Marc Bechard resides in Merrimack, NH with Carmel, his wife of 18 yrs. Marc joined the staff at Peabody Funeral Homes in April of 2011 after retiring from the Town of Merrimack as a Firefighter/EMT-I, where he worked for 26 yrs. Marc is currently certified as a crematory operator by the Cremation Association of North America. Marc and his wife are motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy other outdoor activities.