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

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...

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.

  • Michael Vito Grandi CFSP

    Michael Vito Grandi CFSP Vice President of Operations

    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 10 time recipient of the Pursuit of Excellence award, and Hall of Excellence Inductee, the highest honor received in the industry for excellence in funeral service putting his firm in the top 2 percent of funeral homes nationwide. Michael Earned his CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) Designation October of 2019

    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

  • 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.

  • Kathleen Lombardo

    Kathleen Lombardo Accounts Payable Assistant

    Kathleen Ann Lombardo, for over 15 years, was a dance educator with the nationally recognized company, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School (ARB & PBS).

    In addition to teaching for the school, she also taught for ARB’s DANCE POWER, a dance educational residency. A program partnership between New Brunswick Public Schools & Piscataway Township Schools with ARB.

    In 2010 she became ARB’s DANCE POWER Coordinator and duties included supervising teachers, creating schedules and overlooking the program in it’s entirety.

    Currently, she is an elective teacher for Calvary Christian High School. She teaches Strength and Training and Dance/Movement classes for the 9th-12th grades and is also a substitute teacher for CCS.

    Kathleen attends Calvary Chapel of Old Bridge with her loving husband Michael and their two children, Caleb Louis and Abigail Grace. Her and her husband have served in CCOB’s Children’s Ministry as well as other ministries of CCOB.

    She loves spending time with her family and her church family.

    She has taken a turn in her career and has entered into the accounting world with Jersey Memorial Group and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this extraordinary team.