History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

On October 26, 1947, a group of 25 men and women, met for worship in the house of Mr. & Mrs. Hyers, in Allenwood, New Jersey. They formed the nucleus of what would eventually become The Gospel Tabernacle.

By February, 1948, services were moved to the First Aid Building in South Belmar (now Lake Como). That year a building fund was started with a gift of $5, a lot on Main Street was purchased, and in November a down payment was made on a former government-owned war surplus building that had once been used as a civilian mess hall. The congregation purchased the building for $1,000, which included transportation and placement on a foundation. The structure was originally supposed to be 90 feet long but because state laws would not permit transportation on the highways of a building of that length, it was cut down to 54 feet. Later, as the church fellowship grew, In the summer of 1957 construction began. The new building was built up and over the top of the original chapel and it included a new sanctuary, a baptismal and classrooms were added. The building stayed in this condition for nearly 55 years.

In October of 2012, Grace Tabernacle was purchased by David Hernandez and his family to convert the church into a state of the art funeral home. Two weeks later Hurricane Sandy devastated the area with a direct hit on Lake Como and the towns along the Jersey Shore. It was after seeing the devastation to our town that a new purpose and design was applied to the construction of the funeral home. Changes were made to create an atmosphere that captures the beauty of the surrounding "shore" area and natural light with each sunrise over the ocean. Construction began once again on the Grace Tabernacle building, converting the building into the future Oceanside Memorial Home.

In October of 2013, construction completed and the doors opened to families in need. Oceanside Memorial Home opened to immediately begin receiving the trust of families in need. Oceanside Memorial boasts a 250 seated chapel, family centers, elevator, and is one of the most state of the art facilities in the area.

Although facilities and accommodations are important, Oceanside Memorial is made of much more than brick and mortar.  Each funeral director believes in the value of honoring every life with dignity and respect. We believe in the CARE OF PEOPLE. It is this philosophy that was the foundation of Grace Tabernacle, and is the foundation of Oceanside Memorial.  

The Hernandez family will continue to work to earn the trust of the families in the Shore area, similar to the thousands of families that have placed their trust in us for over 48 years with our other homes, Waitt Funeral Home in Morganville and Old Bridge Funeral Home in Old Bridge.

lake como funeral home

Our Valued Staff

David Lee Hernandez Jr.

David Lee Hernandez Jr., Principal

David, known to many as “David Lee” began his career in funeral service at the age of 12, traveling to work with his mother in a cemetery to chase geese off of the grounds. David continued to help his mother throughout the summer months until he became 18. After Graduating from Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, he moved to Morganville, where he lived above the Waitt Funeral Home. David began to work at the funeral home and started his internship in 2001. After attending Brookdale he continued his studies at Mercer County Community College where he earned an Associates of Science Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. He became a licensed funeral director in May of 2004, and later continued his education in Legal Studies at St. John’s University, New York.

In January of 2006, construction began on the future site of Old Bridge Funeral Home, the area’s newest and largest funeral home. In 2007 the funeral home opened and immediately began serving the families of Old Bridge Township, Matawan, Spotswood and surrounding areas. In 2009 both funeral homes’ ownership was acquired by David and his family. Most recently, the former Grace Tabernacle Church in Lake Como (South Belmar) was purchased and after an extensive renovation, Oceanside Memorial Home opened to server the families of the Jersey Shore.

David is active in each community the funeral homes serve; he is Charter Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Manalapan, member of the Old Bridge- Sayreville- South Amboy Chamber of Commerce, Matawan Aberdeen Chamber and Greater Spring Lake Chamber. He has served as on officer in Middlesex Sommerset Funeral Directors Association and is also a member of New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association. He attends Calvary Chapel Old Bridge and serves as an Usher and in various ministry opportunities. In addition to being a licensed funeral Director in New Jersey he also holds funeral director and embalmers licenses in Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as a New Jersey Life Insurance Producers License. He is also a Notary, a service provide free to the community.

David enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacey and daughter Sophia. He recently has grown an interest for Campanology with a primary focus on Church Bells. He also enjoys snowboarding and golf.

David and his family 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."

Michael Vito Grandi

Michael Vito Grandi, Manager Waitt Funeral Home

Michael V. Grandi began his career in funeral service in 1998. He is a 2000 graduate of the Funeral Service program at Mercer County Community College and became a Licensed Funeral Director in November of 2000. His skills in embalming as well as his care and compassion for people elevated him to a Management position with Waitt Funeral Home in August of 2001. Michael also holds a New Jersey Life Insurance License, giving his firm the opportunity to offer alternative funding options to consumers who wish to prepay their funerals. Michael is a 8 time recipient of the Pursuit of Excellence award, the highest honor received in the industry for excellence in funeral service putting his firm in the top 2 percent of funeral homes nationwide.

He is a member of both the National Funeral Directors Association and the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. His community involvement is wide spread and he is a charter member and has served 3 years as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Marlboro, 2 years as its secretary and now is the current Treasurer. Michael has remained a member of the Matawan Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce since 2001 and in 2011 had served as a member of the board. He is a member of the Matawan Italian American Association and supports its charitable endeavors. He sits on the Supervisory Committee for Entertainment Industries Federal Credit Union. In 2013 he became a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop John C. Reiss Council #15964 and earned his 4th Degree November 2, 2014. Michael is a communicant of St. Clement Church in Matawan and is part of the Lector Group. In his spare time he enjoys boating and playing golf. Michael is an avid toy train collector, his collection has been featured numerous times in various publications and well as a content contributor to magazines.

Michael continues to share his experience, knowledge and insight in funeral service, with the staff and families he serves.

"The pride comes from helping each family generate their own creative ideas which leads to the meaningful funeral that represents the life well lived, for those they loved."-Michael V. Grandi