In the late 1980s, Ryan knew that if he was going to compete with other funeral homes in Toms River, NJ, he had to grow. That is when he made the decision to expand. And the key to his successful growth: “I saw what was happening in Ocean County with the retirement villages so I decided to expand onto St. Catherine Blvd.” In 1988 the St. Catherine Blvd. location was designed and built.
Ryan's next purchase became the Fischer Blvd. location and soon after our Bayville location, the O’Connell Funeral Home. Ryan purchased the funeral home and returned it to family ownership. That location is now called the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals – O’Connell Chapel.
As the county grew and the retirement community grew, Ryan’s business also grew. He purchased the DeBow Funeral Home in Jackson, N.J. “I went to Jackson because I saw the growth." From humble beginnings the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals can now boast to being the largest family owned firm in New Jersey with six locations in Ocean County.
In recent years, we’ve gathered together a staff of highly-qualified and deeply caring individuals to assist us in continuing our family funeral home's mission of providing excellence in service to families in their time of need.