History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.


Our History

In 1924, John J. Inglesby and his wife Mary established Inglesby & Sons Funeral Home. At that time their home was located on Rogers Avenue in Pennsauken, New Jersey. His firm intention was:

"To treat you as if you belonged to our own family."

In 1936, Gerald A. Inglesby, one of their five sons who became funeral directors, joined the firm. By 1946 this area of New Jersey was beginning to grow. In order to better serve the families of the area, the decision was made to move to a larger location. They found a lovely location, known as the Strain Estate at Cove and Wyndham Roads. The Estate was noted for it's vineyards and pears, with northern access to the railroad line. At the time, the Pennsauken Police Station and Court House were located across the street. To this day, the Inglesby & Sons Funeral Home proudly serves our clients in this wonderful old Victorian home.

At the age of 77, in March of 1953, John J. passed away. This was one month after his grandson, John E., was born. Mary passed away in 1962 and Gerald became owner and manager. He and his wife, Ella, raised their five children in the upstairs living quarters. They undertook the renovation of the facilities by adding a second chapel, installing air conditioning, and additional parking spaces. During his life Gerry spent many years involved with local charities. He and Ella devoted a good portion of their lives to the growing of the business and taking care of their clients. After 53 years in the funeral service, Gerry passed away in 1989. Ella passed in July of 1991.

John E. Inglesby entered the business in 1972. He received his funeral directors license in 1976 and maintained the family traditions for over 35 years. After many years in service the Inglesby tradition continues with the David Lee Hernandez Jr, his wife Stacey and their family. We at Inglesby's are dedicated to our clients. We are also proud of our tradition of serving the families of Pennsauken and the surrounding communities. We have made a firm commitment to treat people with honesty and respect.

A Note from David & Stacey... 


We realize that you have a wide selection of funeral homes in this area to choose from, all offering caring compassionate services. At Inglesby & Sons we do more and have been doing it for almost 100 years. Here are some of the services and products we include on every funeral that other homes may not. How often have you heard the phrases “my mom was the best mom ever“, “sisters are special”, "daddies little girl”, “parents aren’t supposed to bury their children”, “Dad was a war hero, but he never talked about it.” We have heard these phrases for years, and many of us have lived through them, and they are all true. Especially true when it’s my family, or your family or every family we serve. Everyone is special, and every funeral is special. We make it personal. Most funeral homes in our area are family owned, but, do you meet with the owner? My father used to say “I want to deal with the person whose name is on the sign.”  When you call us you get the owner, my family lives here, Inglesby family did before me. My family and I have over 35 years of funeral arrangement experience. Quite often people begin a conversation with “you're going to think this is stupid question", but there are no stupid questions regarding funeral arrangements. Every funeral is unique; every funeral is special, especially with  the cremation and personalization options available. We make it easy as possible, realizing that funeral arrangements can be very trying and burdensome. Frequently families want a simple funeral. “Dad was regular guy, not the fancy type.” Or mom always said (my mom as well) “send me roses while I am alive, don’t waste the money when I am gone” or “no pomp & circumstance for me, cremate me and throw my ashes at the shore". Not many of us nowadays do not have a computer, whether traditional, laptop, smart or tablet. Some funeral homes do not have websites, which is surprising. We include  website obituaries, state of the art video (on line as well), unlimited prayer card photos, laminated book marks and prayer cards all at no additional charge. We included amenities:  little things such as bottled water, restaurant directions, door badge photos, free veterans flag cases, photo frames, laminated prayer cards & bookmarks. Unfortunately in NJ we are not permitted to serve or permit food in the funeral home. This law will probably be changing in the future. Our location is convenient, our price is fair, and we are 100 % honest, We are professional, we do not cut corners, our motto is “to treat all families as we would our own.” We adhere to, we stick and stand by it. Our caring staff and I thank you for visiting our website and look forward to earning your trust.


David Lee & Stacey Hernandez

Our Valued Staff

David Lee Hernandez Jr

David Lee Hernandez Jr, Principal

David Lee Hernandez, Jr, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, after graduating high school from Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, he relocated to Morganville, where he began his career as a mortuary science apprentice. David continued his studies where he earned an Associates of Science Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. He became a licensed funeral director in May of 2004, and later continued his education in Legal Studies at St. John’s University, New York.

He acquired his first funeral home in 2009 and has grown to operate Jersey’s largest family owned funeral home company, known as “Jersey Memorial Group”. His holdings include funeral homes and cemeteries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, he also publishes a newspaper, “All Around Old Bridge” and is active in venture capital investments through 29029 Ventures, which focuses on emerging products and services impacting the mind, body and soul of local communities.

David is active in each community the funeral homes serve; he is Charter Member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Manalapan, member of Old Bridge Kiwanis Club, member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in Belmar, trustee and board member of the Old Bridge- Sayreville- South Amboy Chamber of Commerce, board member of Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber. He was recently elected to the foundation board of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy as the Vice Chair and Chair of Governance, as well as is a business leader in the Old Bridge Business Alliance. He has served as an officer in Middlesex Somerset Funeral Directors Association and is also a member of NJ State Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). His firms are nine-time NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Winners and was recently awarded the Best of the Best Award from NFDA as the top funeral home operator in the Country. He has been named Business Leader of the Year in 2016 by Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge as well as in 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce. Most recently he was recognized in 2018 with NJ Biz 40 under 40 as a young leader in business, and in 2019 by the Greater Monmouth YMCA as their Citizen of the Year. He has also been a guest speaker at NYU Schack School of Real Estate and Alan Creedy's Blue Ocean Tours. David, his family and team have been featured in Funeral Business Advisor and American Funeral Director Magazines.

He and his family attend Calvary Chapel Old Bridge and they volunteer in various ministry opportunities. A licensed funeral Director in New Jersey, he also holds funeral director and embalmers licenses in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as a Life Insurance Producers License. David enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacey and their three children, Sophia, David Lee III, and Abigail. He also enjoys competitive fitness, OCR, snowboarding, and golf.

John E.  Inglesby

John E. Inglesby, Emeritus Funeral Director

Contact me: [email protected]
NJ license #3228

St. Peter's Grammar School
Camden Catholic High School
Belmont Abbey College

Professional Background

Graduate of American Academy McAllister College of Mortuary Science-NY City, 1975
Received NJ State Funeral Director's License, 1976
Full Time Funeral Director for Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home since 1976
Manager/Owner Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home since 1989 (NJ Lic. #3228)

Professional Memberships

West Jersey State Funeral Director's Association
New Jersey State Funeral Director's Association
Member Thanexus, Inc.
Notary Public State of New Jersey
Member & president Lions club 2007-2008

Community Activities

Former Member and Past-president of Merchantville Rotary Club
Former PYAA Little League Coach
Member, Past-president, secretary and served on Board of Directors Merchantville Country Club 12 years
Member Pennsauken Lions Club
Member St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church and former Parish Council Member
Member Camden County Emerald Society
Member Knights of Columbus, St. Peter's Council #6735 and Bishop J. McCarthy Assembly

Awards and Recognitions

Society of Stewards and Award Diocese of Camden- Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio 2001-2007
Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian Award
Club Championship Merchantville Country Club, 1979 and 1981
Certificate of Recognition Pennsauken Township, 1999
Garden State Lodge No. 3 Certificate of Recognition, 2002
Citizen of the Year Pennsauken Lions Club 2000 and 2002

Personal Information

John is married to Kathleen (Kathie). He was raised in the Funeral Home and worked there since he was 14 years old. His interests include golfing, boating, swimming, community service, traveling, and entertaining.

Michael Vito Grandi

Michael Vito Grandi, General Manager

Michael V. Grandi began his career in funeral service in 1998. He is a 2000 graduate of the Funeral Service program at Mercer County Community College and became a Licensed Funeral Director in November of 2000. His skills in embalming as well as his care and compassion for people elevated him to a Management position with Waitt Funeral Home in August of 2001. Michael also holds a New Jersey Life Insurance License, giving his firm the opportunity to offer alternative funding options to consumers who wish to prepay their funerals. Michael is a 8 time recipient of the Pursuit of Excellence award, the highest honor received in the industry for excellence in funeral service putting his firm in the top 2 percent of funeral homes nationwide.

He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association which he serves as a Trustee, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. His community involvement is wide spread and he is a charter member and has served 3 years as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Marlboro, 2 years as its secretary and now is the current Treasurer. Michael has remained a member of the Matawan Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce since 2001 and is currently a member of the board. He is a member of the Matawan Italian American Association and supports its charitable endeavors. He sits on the Supervisory Committee for Entertainment Industries Federal Credit Union. In 2013 he became a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop John C. Reiss Council #15964 and earned his 4th Degree November 2, 2014. Michael is a communicant of St. Clement Church in Matawan and is part of the Lector Group. In his spare time he enjoys boating and playing golf. Michael is an avid toy train collector, his collection has been featured numerous times in various publications and well as a content contributor to magazines.

Michael continues to share his experience, knowledge and insight in funeral service, with the staff and families he serves.

"The pride comes from helping each family generate their own creative ideas which leads to the meaningful funeral that represents the life well lived, for those they loved."-Michael V. Grandi

Karen Lamb

Karen Lamb, Funeral Director

Karen Lamb joined our team at the Inglesby & Sons in April 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of the Funeral Service program at Mercer County Community College and became a Licensed Funeral Director in January 2014.
Karen is an active member of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Joseph C. DePasquale

Joseph C. DePasquale, Advanced Planning Director

Joseph C. DePasquale was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. And has been a resident of Manalapan for the last 25 years. Joe and his wife Keri, have three children David, Nicole, and Emily.
Joe became a Licensed Funeral Director after selling his own business and following his life long dream of becoming a Funeral Director. Joe feels the most important aspect of his career is being there for those families who need him during their time of grief.
Being a Funeral Director has been the most rewarding for him, not only spiritually, but knowing that when a family looses a loved one, he can be there to help and guide them through one of the most difficult times of their lives. Joe believes if he can make that transition just a little bit easier, his calling in life has been answered.

Stacey Hernandez

Stacey Hernandez, Special Events Coordinator

Stacey Hernandez, joins our team as our special events coordinator. She is responsible for the many community events that are held within each of our home's local areas. She works diligently to create and implement programs that are dedicated to the memory of loved ones and for the families they leave behind. She was instrumental in creating one of our most cherished events, the Holiday Ornament Program, which is held every year.

Stacey also works as a licensed Radiologic Technologist in the Meridian Health System. A graduate of Marlboro High School in 2000, she later received her degree with honors in Health Sciences.

Stacey is a member of the Manalapan Kiwanis Club and attends Calvary Chapel Old Bridge.

She enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and daughter Sophia Gabrielle and son David Lee III. Stacey is not licensed or able to make arrangements, embalm or direct funerals.

Lisa Ruiz

Lisa Ruiz, Funeral Director

Lisa Ruiz joined Jersey Memorial Group as an intern and quickly became an integral part of the team. She became a licensed funeral director and is fully bi-lingual in English and Spanish, she leads Funeraria Hernandez and specializes in repatriation services of loved ones to their home countries.

In her spare time she actively grows monarch butterflies, and raises awareness of butterfly conservation.

Paul  Milano

Paul Milano, Funeral Director

Paul was born in Philadelphia, but has been a South Jersey resident since 1977. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to be a funeral director to help those in their time of greatest need. Paul graduated from Gloucester Community College with his Associates Degree in Science, and later graduated from Mercer Community College Mortuary School with his mortuary science degree. Since receiving his license to practice mortuary science in 1983, he has been a licensed funeral director for over 30 years in the state of New Jersey.

Paul has renovated the building, adding increased handicapped accessibility, as well as many decorative renovations and enlarging the parking lot. Mahaffey - Milano Funeral Home is also a provider of the New Jersey Prepaid Funeral Trust Fund.

Paul is a member of the West Jersey Funeral Directors Association, Mt. Ephraim Rotary, Mt. Ephraim Sons of Italy #2362, a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #6469, a former member of the Catholic School Board for Annunciation, and a member and usher for the Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Ephraim. He lives with his wife of 24 years, Kathleen, and they have two children, Paul Jr., 22, and Victoria, 19.