Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 203-874-0268 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


David J. DeRubeis

David J. DeRubeis

Managing Partner / Funeral Director

David graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, prior to attending the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, where he graduated in 1977. His career in the funeral profession started with working for the David J. Hodder Funeral Home, which has locations in the Bronx and Yonkers, New York, and eventually purchased several funeral homes in Central Upstate, New York.

David became Managing Partner at Cody-White in 2001 and resides in the Laurel Beach section of Milford with his family. He is active in serving on various boards and committees for numerous civic organizations.


Thomas  J. Cody Jr.

Thomas J. Cody Jr.

Funeral Director

Graduating in 1964 from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, New York, Tom joined in his father's business in 1965 and has been active in the business for over 40 years. Though currently on a leave of absence, he is still very much a part of Cody-White. Tom is very active in the Devon Rotary in Milford and as a Corporator of the Milford Bank, as well as chairman of the Milford Graves Preservation Commission. He is the proud grandfather of three granddaughters.


Kevin W. Cody

Kevin W. Cody

Funeral Director

Kevin is a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, New York, class of 1968 and proudly served in the U.S. Army for six years. Joining his father, he has been serving the families of the Milford and Orange communities for over 40 years. He has served on the Executive Board of Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and is active serving on various boards and committees for numerous civic organizations.


Kyle C. Duke

Kyle C. Duke

Funeral Director & Cremation Specialist

Kyle moved to Milford in 2013 from New York, where he was a Funeral Director at a Jewish Funeral Home in Rockland County and became very knowledgeable with Jewish funeral customs and traditions. He also worked alongside the Chevra Kadisha of Rockland County to make sure all requests from families were met. Graduating from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in December 2006, he has been a licensed director since 2007. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys playing a round of golf and helping out as a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Amanda M. Veccharelli

Amanda M. Veccharelli

Funeral Director and Certified Celebrant

Amanda is a Milford native who graduated from Lincoln College of New England with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2013. Prior to joining the team at Cody-White, Amanda worked for various funeral facilities serving families of Fairfield County. Amanda is also our firm's Certified Celebrant. For those families who are more spiritual than religious, Amanda helps create a personalized funeral, memorial or celebration of life that is unique and focuses on the individual's life and legacy. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, attending local fairs/festivals and spending time with her family, friends and her Siamese, Stewie.


Rachel M. Webb

Rachel M. Webb

Funeral Director

Rachel has resided in Milford for the past four years. After graduating from SUNY Orange in New York, she went on to graduate from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, class of 2015. Her extended family has resided in Milford for over 52 years. In her spare time, Rachel loves to spend time with her family and friends, cook, sew, and sing.


Carly S. Ericson

Carly S. Ericson

Apprentice Funeral Director

Carly was born and raised in Milford. She graduated from Jonathan Law High School in Milford. She then graduated from Lincoln College of New England in 2016 with a degree in Mortuary Science. In her spare time, Carly enjoys hiking, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her family, friends, and her cat, Bailey.


Renate K. Eastman

Renate K. Eastman

Office Manager

Renate was with Cody-White Funeral Home for seven years before moving to Virginia. Five years later she is back in Connecticut. Previously, she managed the Treasure Chest at the Milford Senior Center for eight years. She is bilingual in English and German and enjoys reading, sewing, crocheting, and knitting.


James Cowan

James Cowan

Life Planning / Funeral Director Consultant

Jamie has joined our team with a focus on helping families navigate some of life’s most difficult challenges.

For the past 19 years, he has provided information and guidance to individuals and families on how to protect their assets against long-term care needs, such as nursing home confinement and Title 19 / Medicaid, as well as advance Funeral and Cremation planning and Veterans Pension Benefits. Jamie’s easy going personality and ability to communicate complicated issues using easy-to-understand language have made him an invaluable asset to our firm.

Having assisted thousands of families in protecting and keeping what they have earned, Jamie is also a frequent guest speaker at various community seminars and workshops discussing topics such as Funeral Planning, Medicaid, and Veterans Pension Benefits.


Lou Petti

Lou Petti

Pianist

A longtime resident of Milford who spent many years in New York and the United Kingdom in his youth, touring the world as a pianist and guitarist, Lou has an extensive repertoire, from classical music to jazz and more. He is also a vocalist, writes his own compositions, and was on the Ed Sullivan Theater Stage at age 19. Lou was musically trained in New York City. He also donates his time performing for many charities.


Funeral Assistants

Funeral Assistants

Our Funeral Assistants seated from left to right are, Andrew Ancel, Dennis Murray, Brian Burgh, Frank Tondora, and Charles Milazzo. Standing from left to right are Bradford Gessler, James Swift, Christopher Counihan, James Crocker, David DeRubeis Jr., and Robert Kosiewicz. John Geddes, Louis Petti, and Brenda Pineau are not pictured.


© 2017 Cody-White Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved.