Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Smart Memorial Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
The caring and experienced professionals at Smart Memorial Home are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
J. Douglas Smart
Founder/Deceased June 3, 1941 - June 18, 2021
Doug grew up in Franklin, graduating from Franklin High School in 1960. He was one of six children and decided at a young age that he would like to pursue a career in funeral service. Not given the opportunity to work with a local funeral home Doug moved to Los Angeles, CA. He worked and lived at the Cunningham and O’Connor Mortuary in downtown Los Angeles from 1964 to 1968, with branches in Hollywood and Alhambra. After accumulating college tuition Doug enrolled in the California College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1967 with honors. He finished his apprenticeship at the Mortuary, becoming a licensed embalmer. Doug returned to New Hampshire in 1968 and worked for several years with Arthur Simoneau at Simoneau and Son Memorial Home in Laconia. He later worked on and off in retail clothing. In 1977 Doug purchased a very visible piece of property on busy Route 3 in Tilton and established his funeral home in 1978.
Brian D. Constant
Brian D. Constant, a Kingston, NY native, has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1998. He began his career with the Durfee Funeral Home in Fair Haven, VT and the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home in Castleton, VT. He moved to the Lakes Region in July of 2000, beginning his employment at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home.
Brian earned a degree in Arts from Sage College of Albany in Albany, NY in 1995 and also a degree in Applied Science from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY in 1998, becoming a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer the same year. He is licensed as a life insurance agent and is a Justice of the Peace for the State of New Hampshire.
Brian lives in Northfield with his wife, Kimberly. His daughter, Samantha is a graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI with a Bachelor in Forensic Science.
Austin K. Perrin
Funeral Director/ Embalmer
Austin Perrin is a 2013 graduate of Prospect Mountain High School in Alton and a 2019 Summa Cum Laude graduate of FINE Mortuary College in Norwood, MA. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and Licensed Life Insurance Agent. Austin and his wife Stephanie live in Gilmanton Ironworks with their four children; Alexis, Sophie,Charlie, and Henry. Austin enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.