Our Warmest Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site.

​We have been honored to serve thousands of families living in the area with dignity, respect, and discretion. As a family-owned and operated organization, we actively support our community and help families through some of life's most difficult moments with the utmost care and compassion.

Through the years, we've been proud to play an important role in our communities. In many cases, we know your family and we share your grief. We are a small family-owned operation with personalized services every step of the way.

Our Heritage


Mr. Lewis Matthews was born in New Prospect, now know as Jackson. He moved to Asbury in the early 1880's after realizing the wagon-makers trade was not for him.

He situated his developing business at 27 South Main St., opposite the historic Ocean Grove Gates.

Arthur Matthews, eldest son to Lewis Matthews, succeded his father in the funeral business.
Matthews apprentice was a young Penna man by the name of Daniel L. Francioni.

Francioni divided his apprenticeship between the Matthews and Sexton Funeral Homes.

With the growing number of funeral services coming in, the funeral home was relocated from Main St. to 704 7th Ave, Asbury Park. At this time, the funeral home was named Matthews & Francioni Funeral Home.


In 1936, Thomas W. Taylor Sr. came to Asbury Park from Pennsylvania to carry out his apprenticeship.


Arthur Matthews passed away in 1941. 


After serving his county for four years during World War II, Mr. Taylor became a working partner of the business in 1943.

Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, wife to Thomas W. Taylor Sr. helped her husband in the funeral services at the age of 25 and continued to work hard for the next 75 years (Lady Attendant). 

In the early 1950's, D. Joseph Lopez, from Neptune, began his apprenticeship after serving in World War II. He became a working partner in 1960.


In 1960, the firm of Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home opened a second location at 1200 10th Avenue, Neptune.


Thomas W. Taylor Jr., only son to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, became a licensed funeral Director in 1972.

Thomas Sr. passed away in 1984 leaving the organization to his son and D. Joseph Lopez. His daughter, Carol Tesauro, became Office Manager and continued in this capacity for 30+ years.

In 1999, after proudly serving thousands of families living in the area, Thomas and Joseph permanently closed the doors of the Asbury location to direct focus on the growing business in Neptune. 

Valentine Miele, from Middletown, began working for the funeral home as a Trade Embalmer in 2009, shortly after receiving his Director's license. In 2012, he became a full time employee.

D. Joseph Lopez passed away in 2012.

Later that year, Thomas W. Taylor took over the business and continues to proudly serve the community today.


Arthur Matthews
Daniel L. Francioni
Thomas W. Taylor Sr.
Our Staff


Thomas W. Taylor, Jr.

N.J. License # 3058

Valentine Miele
N.J. License # 4853

*Tracey Taylor
Office Manager

*Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral 

arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals.

*Garry J Sanders

IT Director and Funeral Assistant

*Unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral 

arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals.

Our Facilities

Our time-honored facility offers families two locations to hold visitations and funeral or memorial services. Our chapels include several tables & areas to display pictures and favorite items for the visitation and/or service.

For funeral or memorial services, our chapel is non-denominational. We are also handicap accessible. 

Memorial Products


We have many different products to memorialize your loved ones, such as jewelry, urns, etc.

Please call for pricing and availability.

Veteran's Services

Our goal is to proudly gratify military veterans and their families who have spent their lives brilliantly serving our country. The family of an honorably discharged veteran may be entitled to a number of benefits. Let us assist you in acquiring, completing and submitting many of the required forms and documents necessary to obtain your burial benefits.