Our Staff

Richard A Meyer, Co-owner
Rich was raised on a farm in Platteville, Wisconsin, attended St. Mary’s Elementary school and graduated from Platteville High School. Rich joined the US Army in 1969, serving in Korea. He has earned degrees in business management, accounting, and supervision. Rich retired as a United States Postmaster after 33 years of federal service. In retirement, he relocated to Tucson Arizona, where he worked as a parking and transportation supervisor at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The purchase of Goodwin Funeral Home brought Rich to Manchester where he joined St. Joseph’s Cathedral. He enjoys living in Manchester and looks forward to exploring New England.

Gary A Carolan, Co-owner/Director
Co-Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and embalmer in New Hampshire, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Gary was born and raised near Madison, Wisconsin where he worked in his parents hospitality businesses. He earned degrees in hospitality management and culinary arts prior to graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Il., completing his embalming practicum at Cook County Hospital Morgue. Gary was in management working for 12 years at Cress Funeral and Cremation Service, the largest family owned and operated firm in Wisconsin, based in Madison. He has been a consultant for Graftobian Make-Up Company for many years and is featured in the internationally distributed video produced specifically for the funeral service industry which displays the versatility and ease of cosmetizing difficult cases. Gary oversaw the Cress Infant Bereavement Program and had organized and presented panel discussions and funeral service options to religious organizations, hospice groups, and hospital nurses as both a consumer advocate and the transitions from health care to death care for the benefit of the survivors. After seven years working in Arizona Gary moved to New Hampshire to escape the heat. In New Hampshire less than a year, he was asked to assist in teaching at Dartmouth as an ongoing presenter for students enrolled in courses related to death and dying. Gary is looking forward to making Manchester his lifelong home and continuing his commitment to funeral service education.

 

Sean Peschel, Managing Funeral Director 

Sean has served families across the country and is now a valued asset for Goodwin.  He has 19 years of funeral service in large and small firms. He is also a United States Coast Guard veteran.

Emma G. Kelly- Apprentice

Emma was born and raised in New Hampshire.  She is the youngest of three siblings. Both her mother and father worked for a local police department for over 30 years.  Growing up she had the opportunity to see the significance of the hospitable labor her parents did every day.  Emma knew from a young age that she wanted to work hard and take care of others just like her parents had done all her life.  As she got older, she realized it was her calling and wanted to put her dreams in action.  She became more involved with the community and helping the ones around her by joining police explorers at the age of 14.  She became the Captain of the explorer post until she graduated high school in 2018.  Emma started with Goodwin in July of 2018 as a funeral assistant. In October she became a licensed apprentice.  Emma starts college at FINE Mortuary College in the Spring of 2019.  In her off time from Goodwin, Emma also DJs events such as weddings, school dances, etc.  She also enjoys collecting Beatles memorabilia, makings crafts, being with her family, adventuring with her two dogs, and writing.

Russell Poehlman, Funeral Assistant
Russell is a native of New Hampshire and has lived in Manchester all of his life. He was educated in the Manchester Public School System, Attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. Russ was employed for 35 years by the Manchester School District as a Music Educator and Band Director at the middle and high school levels. For the latter 20 years of his career, Russ was Director of Fine Arts for the city school district. Since his retirement in 2005, Russ has opened and operates his own landscaping business and works with the Goodwin Funeral Home as a Funeral Assistant.

Robert Paquette, Funeral Assistant
Bob was born and raised in Manchester and has been a lifelong resident of the area. He attended Manchester schools and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. A U.S. Army veteran, Bob served a year in Vietnam. He spent 33 years working in the telecommunications industry before entering funeral service in 2002. Bob has been with Goodwin Funeral Home since June of 2008. Bob and his wife Janice enjoy traveling and currently reside in Candia. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Bob enjoys genealogy, working on computers, bicycling, camping and the outdoors. But his favorite activity is spending time with family and friends, particularly the grandkids.

Leo LeBlanc, Funeral Assistant
Leo is a lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. He attended St. Anthony’s School for 10 years and graduated from Memorial High School in 1969. In 1970 he married Pamela Burnap and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. Leo’s career was in Law Enforcement for 27 years, with 22 years as a Police Officer and Sargent with the Manchester Police Department. After retiring from Law Enforcement, he worked for 11 years as a part-time Fire Inspector in Merrimack, NH. Leo began working as a Funeral Assistant with the Goodwin Funeral Home in 2003 and enjoys the history of the building and its evolution of ownership. In his spare time, Leo enjoys skiing with friends, woodworking and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Brent Stagnaro, Funeral Service Assistant
Brent is a Cincinnati native and has made his home in many places throughout the US but currently resides in Manchester, NH with his lovely and talented wife and two children. Brent has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Xavier U. and a Bachelor of Architecture from U. of Arkansas. Although project management and architecture is his vocation, his true passion is inventing and developing prototypes for useful innovations. He has patented (#US6959858) and marketed a useful mail receptacle for the elderly and physically disadvantaged. He takes pride in customer service and enjoys helping others. He is the husband of the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church located on Lowell Street. The main prerogative for Brent is learning and attempting new skills. Brent began working for Goodwin Funeral Home in 2012 and enjoys the kind and friendly atmosphere.