Russell J. Beane, son of Donald F. Beane, joined the company in 1974 and is currently president of the firm. He graduated from Laconia High School in 1967 and Keene State College in 1971. He also attended New England Institute and graduated in 1974. Russell is a member of Laconia Kiwanis Club. Two of his three sons have continued the tradition and are working full-time for the firm. He is married to Carol Ann Akerman Beane.
Craig S. Beane, Licensed Funeral Director and oldest son of Russell Beane, graduated from Laconia High School in 1990. He received his associate's degree in mortuary science from Canton College in Canton, New York in 1992. After serving his apprenticeship, he was licensed as a funeral director and began working full-time for the funeral home in 1993. He is the fourth generation funeral director in the Beane family. Craig is a member and past president of Laconia Rotary Club, incorporator of the Taylor Community, incorporator of LRGHealthcare, incorporator of Belknap County Economic Development Council and member of the Belknap Snowmobile Club. Craig enjoys boating, snowmobiling and Nascar.
Curtis T. Beane, youngest son of Russell Beane, graduated from Laconia High School in 1995 and Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA in 1998. He is married to Jessica Paradise Beane.
Terry R. Jelley, Licensed Funeral Director, was born and raised in southern New Hampshire. He is a 1992 graduate of Goffstown High School and proudly served in the US Navy. Terry graduated from FINE Mortuary College in 2001 with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. Terry worked for almost fifteen years for the Bennett Funeral Home in Concord before joining Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services in 2011. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, a past master of Lafayette Bible Lodge #41 F&AM in Goffstown, a member of the Bektash Shriners of Concord and a member of the American Legion.
J. Normand Paquette, Jr., Licensed Funeral Director, graduated from Gilford High School and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA. His is the former owner of Simoneau-Paquette Memorial Home in Laconia, NH.
Ted Tunnicliffe, Licensed Funeral Director State of Massachusetts, relocated here from Massachusetts and was the former owner of MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home in Concord, MA.
Mary Legassie, Administrative Assistant - Office Manager, is married to Raymond Legassie.
Tara Wilson, Funeral Director Assistant
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Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home as originally founded in 1860 by Jefferson Gilbert. He offered many additional services, such as coffin making, paper hanging, picture- framing and manufacturer of window shades. Gilbert sold the business in 1887 to Jonathan L. Moore, whose son John B. Moore later joined the firm. In 1898, Lewis H. Wilkinson joined the Moores, taking ownership in 1905. He became a prominent citizen of the city, being elected mayor in 1921-1922. Wilkinson moved the Moore Funeral Home across town in 1910. Then, again in 1921, he moved once again to another section of town. At the same time, he changed the name of the funeral home to Wilkinson's Funeral Home.
Dana S. "Ace" Beane joined the firm in 1919 after service in the Army during World War I. He took over ownership in 1947, together with his sons Donald and Roger upon their return from World War II service. They then moved the business to its current location on Pleasant Street in the mansion known as the Mayo home - built and occupied by hosiery manufacturer Frank P. Hold from 1895-1904. Roger Beane worked for the firm until his retirement in 1982. Donald Beane was treasurer of the firm until his retirement in 1993.
Russell J. Beane, son of Donald Beane, joined the funeral home in 1974 and is currently president of the firm. He graduated from Keene State College in 1971. He also attended New England Institute and graduated in 1974. Two of his three sons have continued the tradition and are working full-time for the firm.
Craig S. Beane, oldest son of Russell Beane, graduated from Canton College in Canton, New York in 1992 with an associates degree in mortuary science. After serving his apprenticeship, he was then licensed as a funeral director and began working full-time for the funeral home in 1993. He is the fourth generation in the Beane family to join the firm.
Curtis T. Beane, youngest son of Russell Beane, graduated from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA in 1996.