OBITUARY

Acerbo, Edward Frank

Pearl River, NY recently of Sparkill - Tappan Location

The Acerbo Family mourns the loss of their patriarch Edward Frank Acerbo of Pearl River, NY and most recently of Sparkill, NY who passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 10th at the Dowling Gardens Residence. He was 93 years young.

Our father was born in the Bronx on August 14th, 1926 and was the only child to Frank and Florence Acerbo. Growing up he spent many happy days with his friends at the Polo Grounds watching his favorite baseball team, The New York Giants.

After graduating from Evander Childs High School he enlisted in the US Army to serve our country during World War II, where he was stationed in the Philippines. He was a proud member of The Greatest Generation.

On September 26th, 1953, our father married his soulmate and love of his life, Catherine Clarke at St. Pius Parish. They moved from the Bronx to Pearl River in 1968 where they raised their seven children. There was much love and happiness in our home on Pearl Crest Court, everyone will always remember the great parties after the Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

Our father was a hardworking man who held multiple jobs over the course of his lifetime to provide for our family. However, the job our father was most proud of and loved the most was his 33 years of service as a New York City Fireman. He worked in many firehouses throughout the Bronx, but spent most of his career at the Twin 52 Firehouse in Riverdale. He even managed to find time to go back to school to become an Optician, and worked at Econ’s Opticians in New City for over 20 years.

Dad had many great passions in his life. At 40 he learned to ski and enjoyed many wonderful ski trips with his daughters Cathy and Patty. At 60 he learned to play golf, and continued to do so into his late 80s. He loved spending his Saturday mornings at Hogan’s Diner with us, which we eventually referred to as “The Family Breakfast Club” where he was the captain of and a charter member. He was an avid New York Mets fan. During the 1986 World Series he made his TV debut on Tom Brokaw’s NBC Nightly News about his passion for his Mets and how he was unable to attend Game 2 of the World Series because his daughter Mary was getting married that same day.

Later in life, our father married Helen Downey at St. Margaret’s Church on April 26th, 1997. Together they enjoyed many happy times in Florida as well as the Jersey Shore.

Our Dad was so proud of his family, and we were so proud to call him our Dad. He was a wonderful father who had a special relationship with each one of his seven children. He was our role model and he loved spending summers with the family at his beach house at Seaside Park.

Ed is survived by five of his children; Mary Dizzine (Gary), Patty Long (Jim), Chris (Maria), Michael and Eddie. He is also survived by his son-in-law, John Cicalo (Cathy predeceased) 10 grandchildren and one great grandson, Jack Edward.

He is predeceased by his first wife Catherine and second wife Helen, and his two children, Thomas Acerbo and daughter Catherine Cicalo.

Our father was a great man who lived a wonderful life. He had a great will to live and a strong Catholic faith. He was a loyal friend and will be sorely missed by all.

Many thanks to the staff at Dowling Gardens, A&T Healthcare, and a special thank you to his devoted Caregiver’s Eunice, and most recently Rebecca whom, with the help of his loving daughter Mary, stayed by his side until the very end.

Private services will be held for the family. There will be a Mass and celebration of our father’s life in the future. Donations can be made to Dowling Gardens (190 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY 10976) in memory of our father, Edward Acerbo. Arrangements handled by Moritz Funeral in Tappan, NY.