Nicholas J. Grillo
Owner/Manager - N.J. Lic. No. 4795
Grillo was born on May 1, 1981 in Jersey City he graduated from Holy Rosary
School, Jersey City, he was raised in a close-knit Italian American community,
the center of which was Holy Rosary Church, the first Italian parish in the
State of New Jersey. It was at Holy
Rosary and in downtown Jersey City where Nick, at a young age, met many of the treasured
friends he still has today.
In 1995, he
went on to Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington. By the age of 17, Nick
accepted his first position as a Parish Music Director/Organist for St.
Joseph's Church, East Orange. This was the beginning of many years in
Liturgical Music and active participation in the Church, both in music and in
In 1999, at the
age of 18, he was named Chairperson of Holy Rosary Church’s Annual Italian
Street Festival, today known as La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, a title he
still holds today sharing, it with two others.
During his 15 years with the festival, it has grown into one of New
Jersey's premiere Italian-American Street Festivals, drawing thousands of
visitors each day to this 5 day “feast” of great food, entertainment and summer
fun (www.LaFestaItalianaJC.com). Also in
1999, Nick took the next steps in his education, entering Caldwell College to
obtain his BA in Music & Liturgical Studies graduating in 2005.
In 2002, he
received the Sesquicentennial Award from the Archdiocese of Newark for
outstanding service to his parish and community. After serving for several
years as Music Director and Organist for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the
Ironbound section of Newark and St. Cecilia Church in Kearny, Nick returned in
October of 2013 as the Organist and Music Director of his parish, Holy Rosary
Church, Jersey City.
developed a great love for serving others through his music ministry and through
his work with La Festa Italiana, Nick, even early in his career, sought out
additional ways to share his talents. Immediately
after he graduated from Caldwell College, Nick decided to consider a future in
Funeral Directing. In 2005, he began his
internship with the Introcaso- Angelo Funeral Home in Jersey City. Working here
gave Nick the opportunity to serve his downtown community and the people of
Holy Rosary in their time of need. He
entered the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, in New
York City and graduated in August of 2007.
He was honored in 2011 by the Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage and
Festival Committee, as a "Puerto Rican for the Day" in the 51st
Annual Parade, for his support and contributions to their cultural events.
of 2014, he received special recognition award for his dedicated service to
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark and the people he serves. In
March of 2015, he completed the acquisition of the Levandoski Funeral Home of
Bloomfield, NJ. Now, Levandoski-Grillo
Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Nick hopes to bring the same level of
service he provided in Jersey City to the people of Bloomfield and the
surrounding area. In June of 2016, Nick
in partnership with a friend started the Zuasola-Grillo Filipino Funeral
Service, a fully operational funeral home catering to the cultural needs of the
Filipino Communities of New Jersey.
individual, Nick has devoted nearly all of his spare time to various
organizations throughout Jersey City and Hudson County. He works tirelessly to promote Italian
American heritage, Jersey City, and his parish.
He holds various positions in numerous organizations, including the
newly-established Columbus Day Parade Committee of Jersey City, through which
he, with the help of his executive board, has successfully grown the parade and
committee from scratch. He is the
immediate Past- President of the Jersey City Chapter of UNICO, a national Italian American Service
Organization, which strives to promote "Service above Self",
something Nick has always tried to achieve. UNICO Jersey City has raised tens
of thousands of dollars for charity during his tenure.
to the many committees on which he serves, Nick also contributes generously to
other worthy non-profit organizations in Jersey City and Hudson County. Some of the causes in which Nick takes
special interest and to which he has made noteworthy contributions are the
Hyacinth Foundation of New Jersey, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Coolies
Anemia, Hospice and Palliative Care services, and educational scholarship funds. He attributes his ability to give so
generously of his time, talent, and treasure to the tremendous support of his parents,
family, friends, and committee members.
currently serves as:
of La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, Inc.
Founding Member of the Jersey City Columbus Day Parade Committee
of UNICO - Jersey City Chapter
of the Hudson County Funeral Directors Association
the Dante Alighieri Society, Jersey City
UNICO – Bloomfield Chapter
Advisor for the Archdiocese of Newark – Blue Mass for Law Enforcement
Casa Colombo, Jersey City
the Maria SS. Dell'Assunta Society of Holy Rosary Church
the Holy Name Society of Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, NJ & Our Lady of
Mount Carmel, Newark, NJ
the National Italian American Foundation
the Associate Member Division of the Italian American Police Society of New
the Essex, Union, West Hudson Funeral Directors Association
the National Funeral Directors Association
the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association