Anthony Bongiovi started The Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan in 1944
Anthony Bongiovi served the town of Raritan for 65 years. In addition to operating The Bongiovi Funeral Home, throughout the years he was involved in many organizations. Here is just a brief list:
President of The Raritan Chamber of Commerce
Vice President of Bridgewater Raritan Board of Education
Grand Knight of The Knights of Columbus
Life Member of Somerville Elks
Member of Raritan Loyal Order of Moose
Member of Raritan Senior Citizen's Club
President of Board of Health

A true philanthropist - often when Raritan residents could not afford funeral services, he charged them very little or nothing at all.
He gave generously to the Basilone Parade. Without his support the parade would not be possible.
He also sponsored the book Raritan's Hero - The John Basilone Story
"He was a man of extraordinary
integrity and generosity who
continually gave of himself.
He led a life of service to others,
his community, and to those in need."

John Pacifico
Deacon at St. Ann's Church
"Raritan has lost a very
true dedicated business man,
family man, and friend."

Victor Laggini
Raritan Councilman
"It's hard to imagine Raritan
without Anthony Bongiovi,
as he has been such an
important part of the
town for over 60 years"

Jim Foohey
Former Raritan Councilman
Anthony Bongiovi was born on April 3rd, 1911. He attended the New York School of Embalming and Restorative Art. in New York City and graduated cum laude in 1937. He served a three year apprenticeship and served two years as a licensed practitioner at a funeral home in Highland Park.

In 1944 he formed a partner ship with Daniel Conroy of Bound Brook to operate The Conroy Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan. The location was 31 W. Somerset Street. (The building stills stands today, it is Dr. Patel's office.)
In 1951, Bongiovi purchased Mr. Conroy's share of the business and operated as The Bongiovi Funeral Home. In 1960, the funeral home was moved to it's present location at the corner of Bell and Anderson Street.