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History

Saul Funeral Homes, Inc. first opened its doors to serve the small community of Hamilton Square, NJ in 1899. Warren T. Saul purchased the company from Randolph Forman West. The original building was located next to the Saul Colonial Home on Nottingham Way. In addition to offering funeral service, Warren T. Saul provided livery service and casket finishing to those he served. It was common practice during that period to customize casket finishing to a family’s wishes, and this service was done at the funeral home.

Warren T. Saul's two sons, Melvin E. and William L., joined the business in 1928 and 1935 respectively. With the passing of Warren T. Saul in 1931, the brothers co-managed the business very successfully and in 1940 expanded it to a second facility, the Saul Memorial Home located on Greenwood Avenue. The Saul Colonial Home was constructed on its present site, and the original building next door abandoned. With the ever-increasing size of the business and the desire to continue the family tradition, their children joined the two brothers. Melvin's daughter, Elizabeth L. “Betty Lou” Saul, joined the funeral home in 1959, followed by W. William “Bill” Saul in 1964.

Growth and expansion continued as the Saul Memorial Home was enlarged to include a second story selection room and clinical area. In 1973, the Saul Colonial Home at Hamilton Square was remodeled, and a wing was added. The decade of the 80s created a unique challenge for the Saul Funeral Home. In May 1981, William L. Saul passed away and Melvin and his daughter, Elizabeth, retired. Shortly thereafter in September 1983, the Glackin Funeral Home in Hightstown was acquired. Being the only member of the Saul family working at the funeral home, Bill Saul was left with a major staffing challenge. He realized if the funeral home was to continue, he could not do it alone. To succeed, he must hire the finest staff of professionals he could assemble. In 1987, Bill's wife, Nancy, left teaching in Hamilton and joined him at the funeral home. Her administrative and organizational skills helped the company to set the stage for further expansion.

In 1991, the A.S. Cole Son & Co. of Cranbury was acquired. In June of 1992, Bill and Nancy's children, Scott and Kimberly, joined the firm, making them the fourth generation to carry on the family name and tradition.

In 1999, Scott and Kimberly became the owners of the company. As the fourth generation in funeral service, they along with their staff of 9 full time and over a dozen part time employees continue the tradition of serving the families in all of the surrounding communities.

As funeral service choices continues to evolve, you can count on the caring staff of Saul Funeral Homes to provide you with the best service, as well as the most unique types of funeral services to the community it so proudly represents.


History of A. S. Cole Son & Co.

In 1858 Alexander S. Cole became the owner of a furniture maker company that supplied caskets to the residents of Cranbury. When young Alexander acquired the business, he began to offer additional services to the families, and it soon became known that A. S. Cole was the undertaker for Cranbury residents. Years later, Alexander's son, William S. joined his father to improve the range of services and at the turn of the century, the funeral home became known as A. S. Cole Son & Co. At that same time, Isaac C. Hoffman, Alexander's son-in-law joined them.

Serving as both a furniture and funeral establishment for many years, the funeral home phased out the furniture aspects of the business in 1937 under the ownership of William C. Hoffman and Fred L. Hoffman, the sons of Isaac. These two men continued to prosper as A. S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Directors. Most funerals at that time were held at a family's home, and what few that were not were held at the residence of Mrs. Isaac C. Hoffman, located across from the present funeral home. William C. Hoffman acquired full ownership in 1951 and perpetuated the tradition of service and excellence established by his grandfather nearly a century before.

In 1973, Mr. Hoffman sold the funeral home to Mahlon M. Thompson. His daughter, Christine A. Thompson joined him in 1980. Together, they modernized and expanded the funeral services available to the residents of Cranbury and the surrounding communities of Central New Jersey. In 1991, Mahlon Thompson retired, and A. S. Cole Son & Co. was acquired by W. William Saul owner of Saul Funeral Homes, a family-owned funeral home located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. In June of 1992, Bill and Nancy's children, Scott and Kimberly, joined the funeral home, making them the fourth generation to carry on the family name and tradition.

In 1999, Scott and Kimberly became the owners of the company. As the fourth generation in funeral service, they, along with their staff of 9 full time and over a dozen part time employees, continue the tradition of serving the families in all of the surrounding communities.

As funeral service choices continues to evolve, you can count on the caring staff of Saul Funeral Homes to provide you with the best service, as well as the most unique types of funeral services to the community it so proudly represents.


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