History & Staff

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Our History

Our History

The Weatherhead family had a furniture store in Botkins, Ohio. The cabinet maker, Jacob Weatherhead, also became a casket maker and eventually evolved into the community undertaker as he began to perform the services of a funeral functionary. He served as proprietor of his furniture store and undertaking business for many years.

Jacob's son, Elzy, wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. In 1883 he attempted to enroll in the Cincinnati School of Embalming . Professor Joseph H. Clark, who founded the school, refused to admit Elzy into the class of three students, saying that he was too young. Elzy studied at night, under the direction of one of the embalming class members and was successful in his studies. He became the first embalmer in his area of Ohio. He soon left Ohio to find a more productive undertaking establishment.

In 1900, Elzy Weatherhead bought an interest in Peter Romer's business in Orange, NJ, which dated back to 1853. It became known as Romer Weatherhead Funeral Home. The business operated as a partnership until 1914, when Frederick Romer passed away.

Herbert Weatherhead, Elzy's son, obtained his mortuary license in 1912 and guided the family enterprise through years of growth in Essex county. In 1914 the Weatherhead family opened a funeral home in East Orange on what would become the site of the Muir Department Store. In 1922 the business relocated to a beautiful Victorian house on Main Street across from the Military Commons near the center of Orange. The funeral home remained on Main Street for over 50 years before it became a prestigious community landmark. In 1977 the business was relocated to a quieter location on Park Avenue near the West Orange border.

Herbert's daughter, Rita Young, became one of the early group of women to enter the funeral service profession. She joined her fathers practice in 1937. Her son Gregory Weatherhead Young expanded the family business in 1976, when he opened Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, a contemporary funeral home in Brick Township, NJ. The shore area continued to grow.

Thomas J. Tedesco grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ He obtained his mortuary degree from the American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, where he met Greg Young. He served his apprenticeship with Flynn & Son Funeral Homes in Fords, NJ. In 1973, he moved to Brick Township, NJ to find a better home for his family. During this time he worked at Colonial Funeral Home in Brick Township, where he decided he would rather be self employed. After announcing his plan to build his own funeral home in Ocean County his employment terminated. While working on plans to open a new funeral home he was taken in by Al Kedzierski, Owner & Manager of Kedz Funeral Home in Toms River, who allowed Tom to develop his plan. In the late 1970's, Tom entered into partnership with Greg and founded Manchester Memorial Funeral Home in Whiting, NJ..

Our Valued Staff

  • Fred Whiteley

    Fred Whiteley Owner/Funeral Director/Manager NJ Lic. No. 4116

    Fred Whiteley has been an active member of the funeral profession since 1987, when he began working for a local funeral home in his hometown in Middlesex County. He served his apprenticeship with a Toms River funeral home while attending the prestigious American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, where he graduated with honors and served as President of his class. After becoming a licensed Funeral Director, he owned and operated a funeral home in Middlesex County for nearly twenty years until deciding to return to Ocean County. A longtime member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, as well as the Monmouth and Ocean County Funeral Directors Association, he is a 35 year member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and is currently a 3rd Degree Member at Our Lady of the Pines Council 9852, Whiting, and a 4th Degree Member of the Msgr. John F. Brady 4th Degree Assembly, South Amboy. He was honored by the Toms River Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2016, he was invested as a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and was recently promoted to the rank of Knight Commander. He was appointed by NJ Governor James McGreevey to a three year term on the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science in 2003, serving that term and an additional two years until his replacement was appointed. He has been an active member of the Sayreville Association for Brain Injured Children for 45 years, has been a member of the Association's Executive Board for nearly 20 years, and has served as President since 2017. Sayreville BIC provides a six week summer camp, as well as a Saturday morning recreation program and outings for special needs children and adults.

    He is the proud father of Mary, a 2021 honors graduate of Clemson University who is currently serving as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX; Maggie, who attends Saint John's University in Queens, NY; and Fred IV and Emma, who are students at Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River.