During the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic that left 675,000 in the United States dead, John J. Quinn, Sr. was a teenager responsible for driving horse-drawn wagons to assist in the removal of the dead from their residences. This led him to become involved in several funeral establishments, and eventually, he opened John J. Quinn Funeral Home in Orange. When John, Sr. died in 1955, his son, John J. Quinn, Jr., took over and built a successful business serving the residents in the Oranges.
Meanwhile, Wes Hopping opened the Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston, New Jersey in 1945. After World War II, several people began leaving the busy metropolitan areas and moved into new affordable homes in the previously rural area of Livingston and the town began to grow. As Wes made plans to sell his establishment, John, Jr. realized the future potential of this thriving community. Hopping Funeral Home was purchased in 1962 and an aggressive construction project began immediately to increase the size of the Hopping Funeral Home in order to serve a growing community. The success of the two funeral homes allowed John, Jr. to build larger buildings on the Toms River, first in the 1970’s and again in the 1980’s to the current location on Mule Road.
John, Jr. and his two sons, John J. Quinn, III and Kevin Quinn, purchased more funeral homes in Bergen, Hudson, Sussex and Ocean Counties in the 1980’s. It was at this time that the original Hopping Funeral Home became the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. In 1997, the funeral homes joined the network, which would become the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services.