Claude R. Boyd–Spencer Funeral Home

448 West Main Street Babylon, NY

Associates

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    Robert Kranz

    Manager

    Bob has been with our funeral home since 2010 and has been serving families in the Babylon area as a licensed funeral director since 2012. With more than 30 years of business experience, he holds an associate’s degree in data processing from Nassau Community College; a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University; and a mortuary science degree from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, where he graduated cum laude.

    Prior to joining the funeral industry, Bob served as commercial collector for A.G. Adjustments in New Hyde Park, New York; accounts receivable supervisor and assistant vice president at Aon Risk Services in Melville, New York; and network administrator at Computer Science Corp. in Jericho, New York. In addition, Bob is a licensed Realtor and member of two professional real estate organizations. He is also a past secretary of the Nassau County Spina Bifida Association.

    Bob has been married for 34 years. He and his wife have 3 children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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    Jason Latka

    Funeral Director

    Jason Latka was born in New Jersey and raised in Floral Park, New York. He graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School in 1998 and obtained his degree in mortuary science from Nassau Community College in 2002. He joined the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes on April 21, 2015.

    Jason is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

    Jason enjoys watching and rooting for his favorite sports teams: the New York Rangers and the New England Patriots. He and his wife have 2 children and he especially enjoys spending time with them.

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    Peter M Franzese

    Funeral Director

    Peter was first inspired by the funeral industry at age 9 when he lost his grandfather. Before entering the mortuary field, Peter was an associate producer on the morning edition of News 12 Long Island and a high school English teacher. In 2012, he fulfilled his lifelong ambition and began his mortuary studies at American Academy McAllister Institute, graduating in 2015. Peter became a licensed funeral director in August 2016, beginning his career as a member of our team.

    Born in Flushing and raised in Richmond Hill and Deer Park, Peter is a 1996 graduate of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. He attended Hofstra University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism in 2000 and Master of Science in secondary education English in 2002. Peter’s first book, "Nettie: Tales of a Brooklyn Nana," was published in 2004.

    In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, going to the movies, and conducting genealogical research. Peter currently resides with his wife and daughter in North Babylon, New York.

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    Jennifer Ann Gagliano

    Funeral Director

    Jennifer Gagliano has been a licensed funeral director at our funeral home since 2012. Prior to her time in funeral service, she worked in the medical field. She holds a degree from the mortuary science program at Nassau Community College, is a New York State Notary Public and an avid animal lover. After the sudden passing of her younger brother and best friend, Jennifer realized how much of an impact her work makes on the families she serves. Her dogs are registered emotional support dogs and join her in serving families throughout the grieving process, as well as veterans who suffer from PTSD. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
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    Jade Martin

    Funeral Director

    A Long Island native, Jade Martin initially pursued a career in psychology to help individuals heal and persevere through life obstacles. During that time, she recognized the sensitivity surrounding those experiencing the loss of a loved one, and ultimately changed her path, becoming a funeral director. Jade aims to guide and comfort families throughout the process, acknowledging that grief takes on many shapes and forms.
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    Kevin P Shannon

    Funeral Director

    Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Kevin Shannon has been in funeral service since 2000. While working as a hearse chauffeur, he was impressed with the care and professionalism of the funeral directors he came to know. This experience inspired him to pursue a career as a funeral director.

    Kevin holds several degrees: a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, master’s degrees in counseling and business from Ohio University, and an associate degree in mortuary science. He is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

    His family has been a member of St. James Church in Seaford, New York, since 1974. Kevin is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and has been a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1976. In his spare time, Kevin is involved in the bagpipe band field as drumming instructor.