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 -Creran 

A 1900 Victorian Home, this building was purchased and converted into a funeral home by Mr. Howard Creran in 1952.

Mr. and Mrs. Creran lived upstairs and raised their family, as Mr. Creran started his business. As this business was becoming established, Mr. Creran also worked for Etherington Funeral Home in Gloucester City.

After Howard Jr. obtained his Funeral Directing license he began working for his father in the family business. Howard Jr. worked in both the Creran Funeral Home in Oaklyn, as well as the Etherington Funeral Home in Gloucester City.

In 1983 Mr. Creran and Howard Jr. purchased the Etherington Funeral Home from Mr. Etherington. In 1986 Howard Jr. became the sole owner of Creran Funeral Home. Then in 1998, Howard Jr. became the sole owner of Etherington Funeral Home. These two funeral homes became incorporated under Creran In in 1998. Creran Funeral Home remains a family owned and operated funeral home.



Our History -Etherington Funeral Home

Etherington Funeral Home is one of the oldest locally owned funeral homes in South Jersey. Since 1915, we have established a tradition of providing compassionate, caring service to those who call upon us for assistance with funeral planning.

We offer traditional funerals, cremation services, and conduct out-of-town funerals at competitive prices. With our lengthy history, we have had the privilege of serving many families.

We appreciate the trust given to us in caring for their family members. We have endeavored to operate in such a manner that our name symbolizes integrity. We have worked hard to earn goodwill in the community and our commitment is to carry on the tradition of trust


Our Valued Staff

Howard W. Creran Jr.

Howard W. Creran Jr., President, Owner and Funeral Director

NJ Lic. No. 3359
Howard was born and raised in Oaklyn, above the Creran Funeral Home, where his mother still resides. Howard is a 1974 graduate of Collingswood High School. He is also a 1977 graduate of Mercer County Community College, Mortuary Science Program. Earning his funeral director license in 1978. NJ Lic. No. 3359. Howard began working for his father and Mr. Etherington at Creran and Etherington Funeral Homes as an apprentice in 1975, and as a licensed funeral director in 1978.

From 1982 to 1998 Howard was a Medical Investigator with the Camden County Medical Examiners Office. In 1983 Howard and his father purchased the Etherington Funeral Home from Mr. Etherington. In 1986 Howard became the sole owner of Creran Funeral Home, and in 1998 he became the sole owner of Etherington Funeral Home, incorporating these two funeral homes under Creran Funeral Homes, Inc.

Howard is involved in many different organizations in Oaklyn and Gloucester City. A member of Gloucester City Small Business Association, and member of the Board of Directors. Member and past president of the Gloucester City Rotary Club, Past President of The Lion's Club of Oaklyn, a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club and member of the Board of Directors, a member and Past President of The Revelers Club, and lector at St. Joseph the Worker Parish and currently serves on the Board of Directors of People for the Poor, a non-profit that raises funds to assist the Homeless and Hungry throughout South Jersey.

Professional organizations include: member and current Immediate Past President of the West Jersey Funeral Directors Association, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, where he served on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Law and Legislative Committee, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a former Trustee of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, and a former member of the Long Range Planning committee of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association.

Personally, Howard is very proud of his four grown children and adores his 3 grandchildren. He enjoys golf and is a member of Tavistock Country Club, and has recently taken up sailing.


Patricia McConney

Patricia McConney, Office Manager

Patricia is the office manager at Etherington and Creran Funeral Homes since 1996. Pat manages all the case files, insurance paperwork, funeral home accounts, payroll and receptionist responsibilities.

A graduate of Triton High School, Pat worked for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1971 - 1986. She worked in the Law Department, Human Resources, and the Stewart Agency.

Married since 1976 to Chuck, they have three children and four grandchildren. Pat resides in Oaklyn.

Patricia is unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct funerals.