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|Richard W. McCriskin II, Director - N.J. Lic. No. 4564|
Ricky grew up in the family business of funeral service. Throughout high school and college he was often around offering assistance while at the same time learning the family trade.
A 1996 graduate from S.P.H.S., Ricky graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City in the spring 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. The following fall he enrolled in the Funeral Service Education program at Mercer County Community College and in the Spring of 2003 he graduated earning both his A.A.S. degree and his Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Service.
After successfully completing his National Board Exam in Funeral Service and the NJ State Board of Mortuary Science Examination, he became a Licensed Practitioner of Mortuary Science in the fall of 2003.
Back during his senior year in college, Ricky suffered a tragedy with the loss of his mother Kathy, who passed away at the age of 48 after a lifelong battle with aneurysms. Although her passing was difficult to deal with, it was also a learning as well as an understanding experience for him. Her passing provided Ricky with the knowledge and understanding of what it means to lose someone such as a parent but at the same time, also provided him with the profound truth of what it means to assist families in their time of need because he has been there himself.
Active locally, he is a member of the South Plainfield Business Association, an Auxiliary member of the South Plainfield VFW Post # 6763, B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2298, the South Plainfield Lions Club and sits on the committee of Our Lady of Czestochowa RC Church annual Feast of St. Anthony.
In addition Ricky is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association; the N.J. State Funeral Director’s Association and the Middlesex & Somerset County Funeral Director’s Association.
Outside of work he enjoys skiing during the winter, fishing, playing softball and golf, spending time with family and friends, following the local youth sporting programs and is an avid fan of the NY Giants and NY Yankees.
As of January 1, 2007 Ricky, along with Jimmy Gustafson - aka "Jimmy from McCriskin’s" reached a prestigious achievement when they were presented with the opportunity to begin the succession of the McCriskin Home For Funerals to the next generation.