Joseph P. Diaz
President & Manager NJ Lic. #JPO3841
Joe graduated from New York Military Academy in 1981, he continued his education at Mercer County Community College where he earned his Associates of Science Degree and the Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. The completion of his National Board Exam, State of New Jersey Law Exam and a practical examination. He was awarded his practitioner of Mortuary Science license from the state of New Jersey in February of 1987.
Joe was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey to Dr. Julio C. and Barbara (nee: Kunzman) Diaz MD, and resided in Kearny and Newark before moving to Cedar Grove with his family. Joe was past president of the Kearny Lions Club with his father who was also past president. Joe coached football for the Kearny Generals, and also coached soccer in Jersey City and Cedar Grove. In May of 2001, Joe received the second highest award given to an alumni at New York Military Academy the Meritorious Service Award. Joe served as second vice president and is presently serving on the Board of the Associates of Graduates at New York Military Academy, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, San Salvador Council No. 299 in Perth Amboy as a Third Degree member. Joe is also a member of the Middlesex & Somerset County Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.
On August 2, 2012, a monumental accomplishment was granted to him and his wife Donna, when they were given the opportunity to begin the succession of the Gustav J. Novak Funeral Home to the next generation.
Joe is happily married to Donna (nee: Porcello) and has two children, Joseph P., II and Samantha R. Diaz.