Meet Bill Boglioli

Today, more families in Long Branch choose Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home when making funeral arrangements for a loved one. These same families will tell you that Bill Boglioli is one of the most caring people you’ll ever meet—a man who has guided them through life’s saddest moments with grace, compassion, and kindness. And for Bill, these relationships are at the core of his career of service as a funeral director.


His Inspiration Came Early


Unlike most of us, Bill knew his life’s calling as a child. A Long Branch native, he frequently visited his grandfather in Blairstown, NJ, and the two would visit family friends who owned a funeral home. It was not long before Bill developed a fascination with, and a passion for, the business. By the time he was 17, in 1977; he had begun working for Woolley Funeral Home and has never left this “second home.”

After attending Monmouth College and graduating from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City in 1982, Bill began his formal practice as a licensed funeral director at Woolley Funeral Home. When longtime friend and owner Bruce Woolley died suddenly in 2009, Bill took over as manager, and in 2011, he bought what is now called Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home.

Known for his patience, sincerity, and attention to detail, Bill works closely with families on every aspect of their funeral arrangements. From the moment they call, he takes the planning and logistical burdens off their shoulders, leaving them the space and time they need to grieve and be supported.

Bill is the exclusive contact for the families he serves, and very few tasks are ever delegated or subcontracted. He considers it both an honor and a privilege to be there for each and every person who walks through his door. For Bill, the funeral home is more than a business–it’s his life’s purpose.

Hobbies, Interests, Family Ties and Civic Responsibilities


Knowing the importance of work-life balance, Bill will be the first to tell you that golf, working-out, and listening to Bruce Springsteen are three things which help him to relax. An avid golfer, when asked what he loves most about the game, he quickly says, "everything." Bill especially appreciates the words of Bobby Jones, Jr., the famous early 20th century amateur American golfer who retired over 80 years ago. "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life." He goes on to explain why. "You get bad breaks from good shots; "you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies."

When asked, it really comes as no surprise that "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" is one of Bill's favorite Springsteen songs. "It's got upbeat, positive lyrics, and an easy, soulful grace. No matter the kind of day I'm having, listening to this song turns it around."

Bill is happily married to the former Denise Jackson, and they have two sons, Chris and Scott. In addition to enjoying his busy family life and passionate interests, Bill has always been very active in his community. This record of service was acknowledged on the state level in 1997, when then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed him to the Governor’s Property Tax Commission. During that same time, he was also appointed to the Attorney Fee Arbitration Board by the New Jersey Supreme Court.


In Service to the City of Long Branch and to his Profession


Locally, Bill's record of public service includes the 12 years he served on the West Long Branch Council, and the 11 years as chairperson of the Police Committee. He is also a former member of both the West Long Branch Zoning Board of Adjustment and the United Way of Monmouth County.

Today, Bill's civic responsibilities include his work as a member of the Advisory Board of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

Bill is a past president of the Long Branch Rotary Club, having also held the position of treasurer. Today, he has returned to the duties of that important position, which involve the management and accurate reporting of the organization's finances. Bill is also actively involved in the Long Branch Elks Lodge #742, the Ocean Township Italian American Association, the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association, and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Long Branch.

In addition to these many civic responsibilities, as a member of the Service Corporation Board of New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, his insights and experience are invaluable in guiding the future of funeral service in the state of New Jersey. For more information about the many services available at Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home, visit the Services page, or call Bill directly at (732) 229-0122.

To discover more about Bill Boglioli and his commitment to the families and the community he serves, read "A Lifetime Career".

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