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Best of the Best - NFDA

Old Bridge Funeral Home was also pleased to receive the Best of the Best Award from NFDA. This recognition highlights the innovative ideas developed and carried out by the Pursuit of Excellence Award winners. Only 2 firms from across the USA were chosen from the Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients as the outstanding programs of the year. Best of the Best Award winners have developed quality programming that goes the extra mile for the families and communities they serve. Old Bridge Funeral Home is now considered the top funeral home establishments in the United States.

Perhaps what we are most proud of is NFDA honoring Old Bridge for creating and publishing the monthly newspaper "All Around Old Bridge", a hyper local, apolitical paper highlighting the people and businesses of Old Bridge. The paper also highlights monthly articles from elected officials including the Mayor, Council President and many of the department leaders informing residents of the progress and initiatives taken within the town. This program was created with private investment dollars at no cost to the tax payors of Old Bridge.


Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Home receive NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award Again!

Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Home's commitment to serving families has been recognized on a national level. Annually, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) honors funeral homes for their dedication to excellence. Old Brideg and Waitt Funeral Homes has been a member of NFDA and consistently receives the Pursuit of Excellence Award for outstanding service and professional standards. This award requires superiority in continuing education and staff development, family outreach, community service, professional association service and participation, and marketing and public relations. Only the top 1% of funeral homes receive this award nationally.


David Hernandez Jr., owner of Old Bridge Funeral Home, is named 2016 Business Leader of the Year by Old Bridge Kiwanis Club.

Old Bridge, NJ, May 13, 2016 (Newswire.com) -  When the Old Bridge Kiwanis Club decided to award their inaugural Business Leader of the Year Award, they didn’t have to go very far.  Their first recipient is David Hernandez Jr., owner of Old Bridge Funeral Home, and a fellow member of the Kiwanis Club....

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https://www.newswire.com/news/old-bridge-kiwanis-club-names-david-hernandez-jr-2016-business-leader-10984977


Inglesby And Sons Honors Veterans at the Tomb of The Unknown Solider

Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home had the honor of placing a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The wreath was dedicated in honor of those they have served here in New Jersey...

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A Funeral Home Success Story
March | April 2015

David L. Hernandez Jr., owner of Jersey Memorial Group, is truly a self-made small business success story. His foray into the funeral profession and funeral home ownership is not typical....

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2014 Johnson Consulting Group Excellence in Customer Service Award

Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home wins 2014 Excellence in Customer Service Award  

MORGANVILLE - The Johnson Consulting Group of Scottsdale, Arizona presented the Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home, Pennsauken, with the Excellence in Customer Service Award for achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction in 2014.  The Johnson Consulting Group is a nationally acclaimed funeral home consulting firm that developed and implemented the first of its kind JCG Performance Tracker™ to measure a family’s level of satisfaction with their funeral home provider. The Awards were presented to select JCG client funeral homes who achieved the highest Overall Performance Scores from responses to family satisfaction surveys sent to each family they served during 2014.  

“Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Home has been recognized as a leader in delivering exceptional customer service and has raised the standard for other funeral homes nationally to achieve this level of success” said Jake Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group.  

The Waitt Funeral Homes was founded in 1965 by the Waitt Family.  “Maintaining a tradition of quality service is our top priority. It is a privilege to uphold that tradition while helping those in their time of need” according to David L. Hernandez, Jr. Owner/Manager of Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home. Old Bridge opened its doors in 2007.

“Receiving this award is very humbling.  I credit our devoted and outstanding staff with their attention to detail with each and every family we serve” he continued. 

In addition to Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes, Hernandez operates Oceanside Memorial Home, Belmar, Inglesby & Sons, and Funeraria Hernandez in Pennsauken as well. 


At Work: Funeral home profession 'more of a ministry' - Nov 9, 2014

Joe Cooney, Courier-Post

David Lee Hernandez, owner and operator of Inglesby Funeral Home in Pennsauken and three others in North Jersey, doesn't view his profession as a job.

"It's more of a lifestyle," the 32-year-old notes. "It's 24/7, 365 days a year. "Death knows no holidays, birthdays, weekends.... | Continue Reading


Entire Jersey Memorial Group Awarded with National Recognition - Nov, 1 2014

Morganville, NJ – Jersey Memorial Group, founded by David Lee Hernandez Jr located in Old Bridge, which operated Oceanside Memorial Home, Inglesby & Sons, Old Bridge Funeral Home and Waitt Funeral Home have all been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with the 2014 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 151 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition in 2014, four of those under the direction of Jersey memorial Group. This is the third time in a row that Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes have won this award. This also marks the first time in the almost 100 year operating history that Inglesby & Sons has won, also brand new location Oceanside Memorial Home award in its inaugural year.

More information about the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association’s website, www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.   

Old Bridge Funeral Home,  2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732-607-9500

Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service,  501 Hwy 79, Morganville, NJ 07751 732-566-5300


"Oceanside Memorial Home in Lake Como enters the competitive local funeral home market" - January 30, 2014

Written by: Susan Bloom | Special to the Asbury Park Press

A career in the funeral industry is not for everyone.

Between the long, often unpredictable hours and the constant exposure to death and despair, "some people can't wrap themselves around seeing this every day - it's hard," conceded David Lee Hernandez Jr., owner of Oceanside Memorial Home in Lake Como. "But it's about being a caregiver and taking care of people. This isn't a job, it's a calling." | Continue Reading


2013 Johnson Consulting Group Excellence in Customer Service Award

Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home wins 2014 Excellence in Customer Service Award  

MORGANVILLE - The Johnson Consulting Group of Scottsdale, Arizona presented the Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home, Pennsauken, with the Excellence in Customer Service Award for achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction in 2014.  The Johnson Consulting Group is a nationally acclaimed funeral home consulting firm that developed and implemented the first of its kind JCG Performance Tracker™ to measure a family’s level of satisfaction with their funeral home provider. The Awards were presented to select JCG client funeral homes who achieved the highest Overall Performance Scores from responses to family satisfaction surveys sent to each family they served during 2014.  

“Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Home has been recognized as a leader in delivering exceptional customer service and has raised the standard for other funeral homes nationally to achieve this level of success” said Jake Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group.  

The Waitt Funeral Homes was founded in 1965 by the Waitt Family.  “Maintaining a tradition of quality service is our top priority. It is a privilege to uphold that tradition while helping those in their time of need” according to David L. Hernandez, Jr. Owner/Manager of Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes Funeral Home. Old Bridge opened its doors in 2007.

“Receiving this award is very humbling.  I credit our devoted and outstanding staff with their attention to detail with each and every family we serve” he continued. 

In addition to Old Bridge & Waitt Funeral Homes, Hernandez operates Oceanside Memorial Home, Belmar, Inglesby & Sons, and Funeraria Hernandez in Pennsauken as well. 


Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes Receive Back to Back National Recognition for Innovative Programming, Outstanding Community Outreach - Oct 23, 2013

Morganville, NJ – Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes has been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with the 2013 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 150 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition in 2013, placing Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes among an elite group of funeral service providers. “Having won this award for the second straight year, shows the commitment of our family and valued directors to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.”, stated David L. Hernandez Jr., Owner and Funeral Director

Last year, David L. Hernandez Jr., guided his team meet each family's needs with personalized and detailed services. Adding upon that was the desire to grow into additional community outreach programs, His desire to help each community has led him and his team to this years Pursuit of Excellence Award.

 To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Participants are also required to adhere to a Pledge of Ethical Practices.

More information about the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association’s website, www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.   

Old Bridge Funeral Home,  2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732-607-9500

Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service,  501 Hwy 79, Morganville, NJ 07751 732-566-5300


May 2013 Clean Business Award

Old Bridge Township has named and presented the Township Award for Clean Business and Curb Appeal to the Old Bridge Funeral Home. This certificate is presented to one business in the township of Old Bridge that meets the strict guidelines of Green Practice and exemplifies facilities Management.


Janurary 2013 Above and Beyond

It is with our pleasure that David L Hernandez, Jr.,  funeral director and owner of Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes, has been recoginzed by the leadership of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge with the  "Above and Beyond"  plaque. In recogintion and appreciation to David L. Hernandez, Jr, for faithfully ministering to families who have lost loved ones. Calvary Chapel Old Bridge can safely trust that the Old Bridge Funeral Home will always provide compassionate, trustworthy and attentive care to the families of our fellowship.


2012 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence

Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes Receives National Recognition for Innovative Programming, Outstanding Community Outreach

Morganville, NJ – Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes has been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with the 2012 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 164 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Homes among an elite group of funeral service providers. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Participants are also required to adhere to a Pledge of Ethical Practices.

“Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Home’s participation in the Pursuit of Excellence Award program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE. “This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home’s front door.”

David L. Hernandez Jr., Owner and Funeral Director believes he and his staff strive to meet each family's needs with personalized and detailed services. His desire to help each family has led him to his motto of, "Each life has a story, and that story deserves to be told through meaningful tributes and celebrations of life."

More information about the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association’s website,www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.   

Old Bridge Funeral Home,  2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732-607-9500

Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service,  501 Hwy 79, Morganville, NJ 07751 732-566-5300