George T. Cerrigone unexpectedly passed away on Monday June 7, 2021 at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ.
Son of the late Alfred C Cerrigone and Ines Acocella Cerrigone. He was born on December 18, 1935 in Newark, NJ.
He later moved to Upper Montclair. He graduated from Montclair High School in 1953. George continued his education at Seton Hall where he graduated in 1957 with a BA in Education and later returned for a Masters degree in Asian Studies.
He served in the Army between 1958- 1962, reserves until 1964 specializing in meteorology.
He later moved to Long Valley in 1964 and lived there for 32 years until he moved to Hackettstown, NJ.
He worked for the Randolph school system as a Social Studies/History teacher for 24 years before retiring in 1986.
Following his retirement, he started a painting business.
Though he had left the classroom, George remained passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with everyone he came in contact with.
One of his main purposes in life was to remind everyone of all the men and women who have fought for our country to secure our freedoms. George was always the first to volunteer to speak on behalf of military servicemen at various events when needed.
He was an avid writer of editorials and articles for multiple online publications, printed publications, as well as TV network submissions. He was also a regular on WRNJ radio discussing politics, military and history.
Anyone who knew him, quickly became aware of his love of history, health and weather. He was usually writing an article about one of them.
Few knew of his musical talent. Much like his mother, he could play the piano by ear and pick up a guitar and do the same.
George is survived by Patricia and their three children: Chris of Colorado, Justine of Pennsylvania, Cecily and her husband Mark of NY, as well as his brother, Ronald of NJ.
Surviving grandchildren are Molly and Zachary of Colorado and cousins in the US and abroad.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation to the American Legion of Hackettstown, NJ
American Legion Blue Ridge Post #164
P.O. Box 332
450 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840