Howard W. Creran Jr., Funeral Director
NJ Lic. No. 3359
Howard was born and raised in Oaklyn, above the Creran Funeral Home, where his mother still resides. Howard is a 1974 graduate of Collingswood High School. He is also a 1977 graduate of Mercer County Community College, Mortuary Science Program. Earning his funeral director license in 1978. NJ Lic. No. 3359. Howard began working for his father and Mr. Etherington at Creran and Etherington Funeral Homes as an apprentice in 1975, and as a licensed funeral director in 1978.
From 1982 to 1998 Howard was a Medical Investigator with the Camden County Medical Examiners Office. In 1983 Howard and his father purchased the Etherington Funeral Home from Mr. Etherington. In 1986 Howard became the sole owner of Creran Funeral Home, and in 1998 he became the sole owner of Etherington Funeral Home, incorporating these two funeral homes under Creran Funeral Homes, Inc.
Howard is involved in many different organizations in Oaklyn and Gloucester City. A member of Gloucester City Small Business Association, and member of the Board of Directors. Member and past president of the Gloucester City Rotary Club, Past President of The Lion's Club of Oaklyn, a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club and member of the Board of Directors, a member and Past President of The Revelers Club, and lector at St. Joseph the Worker Parish and currently serves on the Board of Directors of People for the Poor, a non-profit that raises funds to assist the Homeless and Hungry throughout South Jersey.
Professional organizations include: member and current Immediate Past President of the West Jersey Funeral Directors Association, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, where he served on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Law and Legislative Committee, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a former Trustee of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, and a former member of the Long Range Planning committee of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association.
Personally, Howard is very proud of his four grown children and adores his 3 grandchildren. He enjoys golf and is a member of Tavistock Country Club, and has recently taken up sailing.
Megan Flaherty, Apprentice
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