Your Neighbors

Beyond their dedication to helping families honor their loss and celebrate a life, our staff are people living and contributing in the community.

Peter W. Ladner


Peter W. Ladner grew up in Easton, ME in the heart of Aroostook County, on his father’s potato farm.

After serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he entered funeral service in the employ of J.S. Waterman & Sons, Boston before purchasing Brackett Funeral Home in 1973.

Upon arriving, he quickly became a fixture in the coffee shops and eateries of Downtown Brunswick—and has hardly ever forgotten a face or a name of any family or friend he has met.

Peter is a member of the United Lodge of Masons, the Kora Temple Shrine, and Brunswick Area United Way; he has served on the Board of Directors for Androscoggin Bank, the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Tedford Shelter, and Brunswick Area Hospice. Notably, he formerly served as President of the Brunswick Rotary Club, Independence Association, and Brunswick Area Red Cross.

He maintains his residence at the funeral home. His youngest son, Brandon, of whom he is extremely proud, lives locally under the care of the Independence Association.

Peter enjoys biking, boating, or most any activity involving a group. He recently caught the golfing bug, and already recorded his first (of hopefully many) hole-in-ones at the Brunswick Golf Course.

Peter Ladner
Peter Ladner

Christopher C. Ladner

Managing Director

Christopher C. Ladner, though having grown up at 29 Federal Street, funeral service isn’t all he’s known. Following graduation from Colgate University, NY, he pursued a career in teaching, later earning a MALS from Wesleyan University, Ct. Following a brief professional detour into New York City publishing, Christopher moved his family back to Maine in 2003 to follow in his father's footsteps.

In recent years, you may have noticed him on the sidelines or behind a bench. He enjoys the challenges of coaching and promoting local youth athletics. Annually, he heads fundraising efforts for the Hockey Alumni Cup Weekend, which benefits Mt. Ararat and Brunswick hockey programs.

Christopher holds an Associate’s Degree of Mortuary Science from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, PA, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors and Maine Funeral Directors Associations. Formerly on the board of directors for the Brunswick Rotary, he currently serves on the MFDA board of directors.

He and his wife, Ann, along with their five daughters and several pets are grateful to be living and sharing their lives with the Brunswick community.

Christopher & Ann Ladner
Hockey Team

Gregory A. Giberson

Senior Director

Gregory A. Giberson, grew up in his family’s funeral home in Bingham, ME. He graduated from Valley High School in Bingham, continuing to earn a BS in Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, and completing his Funeral Service Education from the New England Institute in Boston, MA

A second generation funeral director, Greg owned and operated Giberson Funeral Home for 37 years with wife Ellen with locations in Bingham and Madison. He served several years on the board of directors of Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County.

Ellen L. Giberson



Along with raising their four successful children, she has involved herself in funeral service and community. She worked as an educational technician with Valley High School and was on the SAD #13 school board for many years. She served Giberson Funeral Home as both an office manager and attendant.

With their four children grown, Greg and Ellen sold Giberson Funeral Home and moved to Brunswick, both joining the Brackett Funeral Home staff in July of 2016. With Ellen also dividing time to care for local families in need of a nanny, the Giberson’s take any opportunity to experience the wonderful offerings of our community—enjoying the Downtown Summer Music Series and endeavoring to taste all of Brunswick’s assorted eateries.

Greg and Ellen enjoy living and working in the Mid Coast area. They also enjoy skiing, sailing, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Greg and Ellen
Greg and Ellen


Julia White

Attendant/Office Manager

Julia grew up in Kennebunkport and enjoyed sailing, biking and going to the beach. Her favorite summer jobs were working for Aunt Marie’s Ice Cream and the Kennebunk Book Port.


After studying art and music at Bard College and Maine College of Art, Julia went to work for FedEx, making deliveries in the Brunswick area, which led to her moving to the area in 1999.


Art and music somehow translated naturally into a career in finance. Starting at Bowdoin College in the HR department, she moved to Payroll then later becoming a Financial Analyst for the college.


Various hobbies over the years include flying, motorcycling, biking, hiking, quilting, running and has always fond of walking. 


Julia lives in Topsham with her daughter who attends college.

Paul R. Labbe

Robert "Robin" Lee

Attendant/Support Staff

Robert “Robin “ Lee grew up in Bath, ME.

Before entering funeral service in 1993 he worked at Bath Iron Works for over 20 years. Since then Robin has been in constant demand from several funeral homes in the mid-coast area, finally dedicating himself to the families of Brackett Funeral Home in 2008.

“Who doesn’t know Robin?” has a very short answer. If you haven’t been greeted on the street, in a shop, or on the golf course…then just give it time. Robin’s the definition of a “people person” and loves being out and about in the community. He enjoys anything car related, and is presently in the midst of restoring a 1948 Chevy coup. Not any surprise, he competed in local ice and stock car racing in his youth.

He currently lives in Brunswick near to his family and closest lifelong friends.

Robert 'Robin' Lee

Richard “Rick” Bray

Attendant/Support Staff

Richard “Rick” Bray retired from teaching after 37 years as a Technology Education and Industrial Arts instructor. He joined Brackett Funeral Home’s support staff in 2014. A talented and thoughtful carpenter, he’s created several furnishings we depend on daily in both our chapel and cemetery services.

He presently serves on the Region 10 Technical High School Co-op Board, frequently volunteers his time and talents to the upkeep of Baxter State Park, and is an active member of his church and their outreach services.

You’ve most likely happened upon Richard without knowing it on the Brunswick Town Mall—but he wasn’t skating or gathering at the Gazebo—He was the North’s company cook as a Civil War reenactor. This hobby has brought Richard, and his son Matthew, together on battlefields in Maine, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Richard, and his wife Beth, live in Brunswick and enjoy the treasures of family and the many kind faces who wander their Christmas tree farm every winter.

Rick and Beth
Rick and Beth


Matthew Burke


Matt grew up in Rockville Connecticut where his grandfather operated the Burke Fortin Funeral Home. He attended Colby College and earned a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Queens College. Prior to moving to Maine with his family, he taught for 14 years at the University of Kansas where he served as department chair. He now teaches sculpture at University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College.

He and his wife Melissa and son Angus moved to Maine in 2019 to enjoy the beauty of Maine through skiing, sailing and hiking.


Rick Hart



Rick grew up in Phippsburg. He's now living in Brunswick with his wife and has two daughters. He has two grandsons. He's been working part time for Bracketts for approximately 10 years. He retired from BIW after 45 years and  is now enjoying life to the fullest.




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