Thomas J. Tedesco grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ He obtained his mortuary degree from the American Academy-McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, where he met Greg Young. He served his apprenticeship with Flynn & Son Funeral Homes in Fords, NJ. In 1973, he moved to Brick Township, NJ to find a better home for his family. During this time he worked at Colonial Funeral Home in Brick Township, where he decided he would rather be self employed. After announcing his plan to build his own funeral home in Ocean County his employment terminated. While working on plans to open a new funeral home he was taken in by Al Kedzierski, Owner & Manager of Kedz Funeral Home in Toms River, who allowed Tom to develop his plan. In the late 1970's, Tom entered into partnership with Greg and founded Manchester Memorial Funeral Home in Whiting, NJ.