Our Team

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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B. Edward Bryant President / Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
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Laurie A. Bryant Secretary & Bookkeeper / Certified Crematory Operator
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David E. Bryant, CFSP Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Funeral Celebrant / Certified Crematory Operator
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Katherine E. Souther Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
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John C. Lacasse Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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William “Bill” Maddalena Funeral Assistant
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Robert “Bob” Pelchat Funeral Assistant
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G. "Barney" Valliere Funeral Assistant
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Keith “Lefty” Enman Funeral Assistant
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Gary Brooks Facilities Maintenance
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Maxx Bryant Chief Comfort Officer
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Bertrand E. Bryant In Loving Memory
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Timothy C. Beaulac In Loving Memory

B. Edward Bryant

President / Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
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Born in West Stewartstown, Ed resided in Colebrook before moving to Berlin in 1966 with his family. A graduate of Berlin High School class of 1979, Ed spent some time in other fields before entering funeral service. A graduate of New England Institute in Boston, Class of 1984, he joined his father, Bert in the business in 1981. Ed and Laurie were married in 1991 and raised two children David and Brianna.

When not working, Ed enjoys spending time hunting, snowmobiling, and working with his antique Farmall tractors. He is a member of the Berlin Kiwanis Club, Evening Star Lodge #37 F&AM of Colebrook, Bektash Shrine, New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and is a past member of the Executive Board of the NH Funeral Directors Assoc.

Laurie A. Bryant

Secretary & Bookkeeper / Certified Crematory Operator
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Born in Berlin and graduate of Berlin High School class of 1979. Laurie graduated Concord Hospital School of Nursing in Concord, NH Class of 1982. Laurie spent time working in Farmington, ME and Bangor, ME hospitals, before returning to Berlin to work at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, AVH Home Health & Hospice Services, and Coos County Family Health Services. As the funeral home continued to grow, Laurie left nursing to work full time as the firm’s secretary and bookkeeper, and now oversees the firms crematory operations.

When not working, Laurie enjoys spending time quilting, knitting, and embroidering. She is a member of the Berlin Material Girls Quilters Guild, serves on the board of directors of Androscoggin Valley Home Care and is a communicant of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

David E. Bryant, CFSP

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Funeral Celebrant / Certified Crematory Operator
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Born in Berlin and a lifelong resident, David graduated Berlin High School the class of 2011. David joined his parents in 2012, attended FINE Mortuary College and graduated in 2016. David lives in Berlin with his fiancé Hannah and dog Maxx.

He is recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Certified PrePlanning Consultant (CPC) which is considered the standard of excellence in Funeral Service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance. A graduate of the Insight Institute, David is a Certified Funeral Celebrant. In such a capacity David can officiate funeral and memorial services.

In September of 2021, David attained the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Acadamy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.  The CFSP designation is the highest professional designation attainable in the funeral service industry.  David is one of less than 10 Funeral Directors in the State of New Hampshire to receive this designation, and the only one North of the Lakes Region.

David and Maxx serve as volunteers at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.  David is a member of Gorham Sabatis Lodge #73 F&AM, Bektash Shrine, National Funeral Directors Association, 100 Club of NH, Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxillary and serves on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association.  Previously, David served as an Emergency Medical Technician for Gorham Fire & EMS and Berlin EMS, Inc., and on the Board of Directors for the Androscoggin Valley Fish & Game Assoc.

Katherine E. Souther

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer / Certified Crematory Operator
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A native of Eastham, MA, Katherine joined our team in July of 2018 after working as a Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer for a large firm on Cape Cod for the past several years. Katherine graduated FINE Mortuary College in 2016 and remains licensed in Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire. She is fluent in English and Russian and she is currently studying French and Mandarin. Katherine is a member of the Berlin Kiwanis Club and Marie Rivier Association.

John C. Lacasse

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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John retired as Fire Chief of the Berlin Fire Department.  A gradute of FINE Mortuary College Class of 2007, he has worked in a part time capacity with us for many years.  

William “Bill” Maddalena

Funeral Assistant
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Bill has been a member of our team for over 25 years. A United States Navy veteran, Bill served on the Berlin Fire Dept. for over 20 years, retiring in December 2016 with the rank of Captain. Bill serves as an instructor for the State of NH Division of Fire Standards and Training at their Concord and Bethlehem facilities. Bill has won national awards for his cooking skills and has appeared several times on national television. Bill enjoys hunting, four-wheeling, cooking, and running his catering business Smoke Showin’ BBQ with his wife Kim.

Robert “Bob” Pelchat

Funeral Assistant
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Bob has been part of the Bryant team for over a decade. A United States Air Force veteran, he was born and raised in Berlin where he resides with his wife Louise. Bob worked in the cable and communications field.

Bob is a communicant of Good Shepherd Parish where he serves in various positions, a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), Berlin Kiwanis Club and has served many other boards and organizations throughout the years.

G. "Barney" Valliere

Funeral Assistant
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Barney serves the citizens and visitors of Berlin as a Lieutenant for the Berlin Police Dept. He resides in Gorham with his wife Sue. When not working Barney enjoys spending time riding his motorcycle, skiing, camping and traveling the world.

Keith “Lefty” Enman

Funeral Assistant
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Lefty retired from the Berlin Police Dept and currently works part time for the Coos County Sheriff’s department. Lefty enjoys hiking the white mountains, hunting and riding his motorcycle.

Gary Brooks

Facilities Maintenance
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Gary grew up in Berlin and is currently a resident of Dummer.  A graduate of Berlin High School Class of 2011, he has helped us with a variety of tasks including transportation, maintenance, and assisting with funerals.

Maxx Bryant

Chief Comfort Officer
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Maxx was adopted by David at about 3 ½ months old from the Conway Area Humane Society. He has obtained his AKC Canine Good Citizen designation and is a Certified Therapy Dog with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Maxx is in our office most days to greet those who come in. He also spends time at visiting hours when available to greet people coming into the funeral home.

When not working, David and Maxx regularly volunteer time at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, visiting patients and staff. The pair has also assisted local first responders during Critical Incident Stress Debriefing meetings in the area, and remain committed to assisting in this role. They also have spoken at Androscoggin Valley Hospital and other local events about the work that therapy dogs do. If you are interested in having David and Maxx come speak at your event, email David.

While Maxx is a Certified Therapy Dog, he is still a dog and is known to be quite a ham!

Bertrand E. Bryant

In Loving Memory
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Bertrand E. Bryant passed away in June of 2020 at the age of 89 after a period of failing health.  Bert's career in funeral service spanned six decades and he instilled a very high standard of service in his family and our team.  His legacy continues through his son Ed and grandson David, who continue to serve Northern New Hampshire's communities with the highest standards of care.

Timothy C. Beaulac

In Loving Memory
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Tim passed away in June of 2020 at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with kidney cancer.  A kinder man and better friend is impossible to find.  He served as a valuable member of our team for several years after his retirement.  He is sorely missed.