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Ernesto Cedro


Ernesto Cedro “Capt. Cedro”, age 68 of Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Capt. Cedro was born and grew up in Madrid Surigao del Sur in the Philippines. After graduating from St. Michael High School, he originally attended college to study to be an engineer. He quickly realized that engineering was not for him so, without ever telling his mother, he switched his major and in 1969, he earned his Associates degree in Nautical Science from the Philippine Maritime Institute. He immediately took a job as a cargo ship seaman and launched a twenty three year career traveling all over the world on cargo ships, working his way up to the rank of Captain and Master Mariner. It was through this job that Ernesto got the nicknames “Capt. Boy” and “Capt. Cedro”. He loved his work and because of it, having the opportunity to see the world. His travels took him to a vast array of destinations including China, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.

Capt. Boy had an uncle – Uncle Nick - who was actually a little bit younger than him. Uncle Nick wanted to take a girl named Annabelle Cericos out on a date. Annabelle suggested that Capt. Boy join them and take her sister Imelda. The four of them went out for dinner followed by a night of dance at a local disco. This first date took place in 1980 and Capt. Boy and Imelda really took a liking to each other. They continued to date but, because Capt. Boy was always at sea, in 1984 they decided on a quick marriage by the justice of the peace while Capt. Boy was home for a short while. A year later their daughter Aimee was born.Four years later, on Monday, April 18, 1988, they got married again! How many people do you know who get married twice… the same person? This time they exchanged their vows before God, family and friends at the Sacred Heart Parish in the Philippines. Capt. Boy went back to sea once more and sailed on cargo ships for four more years. In the meantime, Imelda had already immigrated to the United States. She suggested that Capt. Boy come home for good so they could be together all the time. So in 1992, Capt. Boy walked away from his job as a ship captain and came home. Soon after, he and Imelda were blessed with a second daughter name Katherine.

Capt. Boy took a job with AmSpec Services of Linden, NJ as a petroleum tester and inspector. He worked there for 18 years, retiring in 2010 at age 62. His company respected him so much, they asked him to help them out on occasion as an independent consultant and Capt. Boy consulted with some other companies too.

Capt. Boy was very proud of his Philippine heritage. Since he was born on Philippine Independence Day, he always took that day off from work to attend the parades celebrating the occasion in Jersey City and Passaic Park. He also served as President of the United Surigueños Association of America (USAA). This was an organization of other Filipinos whose mission was to reach out to fellow Surigueños Filipinos residing in the USA and to civically extend help to the needs in their home provinces of Surigao in the Philippines. Recently, Capt. Boy had also become a member of the Knights of Rizal – a Filipino version of the Knights of Columbus. On a lighter note, Capt. Boy loved to sing. He was a balladeer who enjoyed going with family and friends to clubs to serenade them with his beautiful voice. His favorite sport was boxing. You could often find him in front of the television watching his favorite boxers, like Manny Pacquiao.

Above all else, Capt. Boy was extremely dedicated to his family. He loved having them all together for special holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter, and for all these occasions, Capt. Cedro was always the chef. A parishioner of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Wayne, Capt. Boy’s faith in God was very dear to him.

Capt. Boy will always be remembered as a loving and caring and devoted husband, father and brother. He was an excellent provider. Funny and outgoing, he was always available to offer advice or to help his family and friends in any way he could.

Capt. Cedro is survived by his beloved wife Imelda; his two adored daughters: Aimee Kristine Cedro of New Orleans, LA and Katherine Cedro of Wayne; three dear siblings: Ludivina Espineli, Susana Ong, and German Cedro – all of the Philippines; and several dear nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 8:45 AM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from the funeral home then to Annunciation R.C. Church, 45 Urban Club Road, Wayne, where a 10:00 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.


Guest Book


We are very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. May the good Lord bless you and give you strength. We are here for you and we mourn with you.

Victor and Merly Clemente


Embracing our memories becomes our crown for sorrow remembering happier times. As we reflect on the joy within our memories may we look towards our friends and family for the peace of Christ. God Bless!

Louis & Carmelita Janda


I extend my deepest sympathies to the Cedro family. May the soul of Captain Cedro be at peace with our Heavenly Father. The entire Amspec family will miss him.

Andres Sosa


May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Roland David


Worked with Ernie At Hudson Tank Terminals..great guy..pleasure to work with..sorry for ur loss

Ernie ...Hudson Tank Terminals Inc.


So sorry to hear about Ernie I met him in the 90's at Hudson Tank I was working at Caleb Brett he was at Inspectorate . When John Zacco started his Company and then got sick Ernie , Graham and myself was doing his jobs we would be at Hudson tank doing a multi grade veg, oil ship and his beeper was always beeper was always going off I would laugh and say Bert needs you for a #6 barge. I never seen a Inspector work so hard he earned my respect.The last time I saw him was at lunch a few years back with Romeo and Ramondo ,I would ask Romeo hows Ernie doing he was one of the great ones . Sail on Captain. Tom Rizzo Intertek ( Retired )

Tom Rizzo

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