Joseph V. Costello
NJ Lic. No. 3670
Joseph V. Costello, III (known as Jay to everyone), was born in Perth Amboy and resided in Woodbridge and Metuchen before moving to Edison in 1995. He is a graduate of St. Mary's Grammar School in Perth Amboy and JFK High School in the Iselin section of Woodbridge. Upon graduation from high school in 1980, Jay enrolled in the Mercer County community College Funeral Service program and simultaneously served a three-year internship with his father, Joseph V. Costello, Jr., as his preceptor. Upon graduation in 1983 from the program, Jay was employed by his father until 1992 when he and his wife, Suzanne, purchased the Runyon Mortuary from the Runyon family in Metuchen and renamed it the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home. In 2010, Jay’s Uncle Tom retired and sold Jay and Suzanne the Thomas Joseph Costello Funeral Home in Iselin. They renamed it the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home.
Jay is a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, where he and Suzanne had formerly served on the Baptismal Team. He is a member of the St. Francis Council No. 3272, Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree member of the Holy Innocents Assembly No. 1665 in Edison/Metuchen. In 2008 Jay was Knighted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by Edward Cardinal Egan, Bishop Archdiocese of New York.
Jay is also a member and past president of the Metuchen Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Club in 2001. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metuchen-Edison-Woodbridge-South Amboy YMCA and is a past president of the Board. Jay received the Sir Jack Hayward Award from the YMCA's International Committee in 2001. He was a former member and past president of the Metuchen Cemetery Association (Hillside Cemetery).
In 2002, the Metuchen PBA recognized Jay with their Community Service Award. Jay is also one of the few Silver Life Members of The Metuchen PBA.
Jay has been on the Dinner Committee for the Flame of Charity Dinner for the Diocese and served as Dinner Co-Chair in 2002 and 2003.
Jay and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Joseph V. IV and Catherine.