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|James A. Gustafson, Manager - N.J. Lic. No. 4205|
Jimmy began his career in funeral service at the age of 12 after the sudden death of his father in 1986. At that time, Jimmy was an ambitious young man helping elderly neighbors with small yard work tasks. Rich McCriskin, who was of great support to his family, had heard of Jimmy’s endeavors and asked if he would like to help in the same capacity around the funeral home. From there, his tasked and responsibilities grew to where he is today.
A 1991 graduate of South Plainfield High School, he continued his education at Kean University were he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Science and furthered his education at Mercer County Community College, where he earned an Associates of Science Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. After successful completion of his National Boards Exam, State of NJ Law Exam and a Practical Examination, Jimmy was awarded his Practitioner of Mortuary Science License from the State of New Jersey in July of 1996.
Born and raised in South Plainfield, Jimmy continues to reside in the borough with his wife Jessica and their two sons, Jack and Cole. He is currently a member of the South Plainfield Italian American Club, The South Plainfield B.P.O.E. Elks #2298, the Sons of American Legion Chaumont Post # 243, South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council # 6203, South Plainfield Education foundation and is a current member of the South Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustments, . He is a long time communicate of Sacred Heart Church and is an active member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and the Middlesex and Somerset Counties Funeral Directors Association. He has served on various boards, committees and board positions over the past 13 years and is slated to serve as the President of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association in September of 2012
In his youth, Jimmy was active with local sports, continued playing in high school and later played softball in several recreational leagues.
On January 1, 2007, a monumental accomplishment was granted when he and Richard McCriskin’s son, Ricky, where given the opportunity to begin the succession of the McCriskin Home For Funerals to the next generation.
Today, he enjoys being a proud husband and father as well as devoted to both his family and professional career,carrying on the values and traditions instilled by many over the years.