H. Paxson Keates
There is a time when you like to reflect on the many influences in your pursuit of becoming a funeral director of over 50 years. I believe it began with watching my father and taking part in some of the out of town funerals on Saturdays when I was little. There was an adventure in traveling the back roads to some small cemetery and feeling that you were part of the experience. I never met my grandfather because he died before I was born. However, there were old tin types and photographs of him and the horse drawn coaches that piqued my curiosity. I am told that my great grandfather began his career in the funeral industry in 1862.
I am pleased to continue as a funeral director with 2 funeral homes, Jeffries & Keates in Northfield and Keates-Plum in Brigantine. We like to think of ourselves as being an integral part of the community. I have been a member and past president of the Atlantic City Rotary Club for over 50 yrs. I am also a mason and belong to the Trinity Lodge again for over 50 years. I like to play squash and have continued to do so having been a member of the old Haddon Hall Squash Club. I served on the Board of Shore Memorial Hospital for over 25 yrs and am married to Michelle and have 2 children. Charles Keates, Esq. of Philadelphia, Pa and Dr. Jennifer Baleeiro, a board certified pediatric oncologist, and her husband Carlos, a board certified pulmonologist of Chattanooga, Tn. and 2 grandchildren Carlos Paxson and Sophia.
Manager/Funeral Director of Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home and Keates-Plum Funeral Home NJ Lic. 4168
Rick is married to his wife Mariette who is employed as an Administrative Assistant at the Recreation Department of the City of Brigantine. They have two children Christopher and Katelyn and have resided above the Keates-Plum Funeral Home in Brigantine since 1998. He is a graduate of the Mortuary Science program at Mercer County Community College. Rick is a two time Past Exalted Ruler of the Brigantine Elks Lodge #2428. He has held several State positions and was recentLy appointed District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks Organization. He is also a member and treasurer of the Brigantine Lions Club. Rick is a parishioner and serves as a Lector at St Thomas Church in Brigantine. He enjoys NASCAR, watching the Phillies, going to the beach with his 96 Bronco and riding his jet ski.
Andrew B. Hoffman
Andrew graduated summa cum laude from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He received several awards marking his academic and clinical achievements. They include the John Rebel Award, presented to the students who have maintained the highest scholastic average, the William Musmanno Memorial Award which recognizes outstanding ability, attitude, commitment and achievement in a clinical setting.
Andrew did additional clinical work with Robert G. Mayer, noted author, consultant, and clinician in the mortuary field. He worked 16 years in Lancaster, PA at the Fred F. Groff Funeral Home as a funeral director and preneed counselor. While working there he received the Stager of the Year Award. Also while working at Fred F. Groff he chaired and coordinated many community events for the City of Lancaster such as; Lancaster Pet day, Halloween Safety Night, Thank a Vet Breakfast and various blood drives. He has recently moved to South Jersey to take up a position with Jeffries and Keates & Keates Plum Funeral Homes.
Linda has been the office manager at Jeffries & Keates Funeral Home since 2011. She has been a resident of Northfield since 1992, She attended East Stroudsburg University and lives with her two daughters who attend Rutgers university and West Chester University. She has been a member of the Northfield Planning and Zoning Board for since 2008.
A local resident born in Somers Point and raised in Linwood. Graduating Class of 1961 Ocean City High School. Served in the US Navy obtaining the rank of petty officer third class. Worked as a pipefitter and welder for 35 yrs with pipefitter local 322. Has been an active member of the NorthfieldVol Fire Co for 48 yrs, serving 28 as the dept chief. Married 52 yrs to his wife Alta Sue, 2 children, 3 grandchildren. Worked at Jeffries and Keates for 17 years.
Erland V.L. Chau
Erland has resided in Northfield, NJ for over 50 years. He attended Mainland Regional High School and has been employed as and educator of science for over 43 years. He received his BA in Biological Sciences from Jacksonville University in Florida. NJ teacher’s certification from Rowan University and Masters Degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, MI.
He has served as an elected Northfield City Councilman for 22 yrs and currently serves as mayor. He is an active member for the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company for 40 years, NJSIAA Track/Field, Cross County and Wrestling official, chairman of the Atlantic County League of Municipalities, first Vice President of the Atlantic County Council of Education Assc, and member of the Atlantic County Solid Waste Committee. He enjoys golfing, skiing, hunting, sporting clays, traveling abroad and politics.
Went to Mainland High School 1964-1967. After High School enlistedUS Navy 1967-1970. Egg Harbor Twp Police Dept 1974-2000. Completed several school and training skills, reaching the rank of Police Sergeant. Organizations include State PBA Mainland Local #77/ retiredState Policeman Benevolent Assc #600 Atlantic County Retired officer’s assc. Jeffries and Keates 2005-to present.
Born 1942 Camden , NJ and raised in Haddon Heights NJ 1942-1960. Attended University of Toledo 1960-1962. Married Shirley Brummet Dec 1961. Started work with NJ Bell 1965 and retired from Verizon in 1998 as 2nd Level manager engineering. Moved from Audubon Park, NJ to Egg Harbor Twp NJ 2014. Jeffries and Keates 2015 to present.
Kevin started his part-time career at Jefferies and Keates in 2014 when he was just 18 years old. As a full time student, Kevin dedicates most of his time at Stockton University where he is working towards a bachelor degree in Political Science. Kevin plans to one-day work for the New Jersey State Police, investigating fatal traffic collisions, and providing closure to grieving families. Aside from Jefferies & Keates, Kevin is an EMT with the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad and the Longport Volunteer Fire Department where he has served since 2014.