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Carmen Peter Cerbone


Carmen Peter Cerbone, age 75, of Wayne, passed Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

He was born and raised in Jersey City and when he was sixteen the family moved to North Arlington. Carmen graduated from Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington with the Class of 1960.

After high school he worked in the actuarial department at the Prudential Insurance Company in Newark and joined the National Guard in Newark. He left Prudential and worked at a men’s shop on Ridge Road in North Arlington that soon burned down. After the fire Carmen and a partner opened their own men’s shop in the town called J.Arnold. He would leave the men’s shop and found work with the Pavey Envelope Company in Jersey City and later the Mailwell Company in Jersey City. He would retire from the Prime Envelope Company in Teterboro in 1992.

Carmen met the love of his life, Linda, over forty years ago. They enjoyed each other’s company for over twenty-nine years before they got married in Las Vegas. They went to Vegas with a few friends and decided to “tie the knot” at the Little Chapel of the West. They didn’t tell anyone of their plans and Carmen called his daughter and said “I just got married in Vegas.

Carmen was a proud member of the Fidelians of North Haledon. He would spend hours at the un-official Men’s Coffee Gang located at the Dunkin Donuts on Valley Road in Wayne and the MacDonald’s on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne. He was a very social guy and just loved to be around people. Carmen was cheerful, warm, loved conversation, and will be loving remembered as a good guy with a sense of humor. He also enjoyed listening to doo-wop music and oldies. He loved Christmas each year as it brought family and friends together. He found great joy in watching the excitement as the kids opened their gifts, and Linda would open something special from him. He always said, “Just get me a card,” because time together was what he wanted.

Carmen’s family has fond memories of annual and sometime twice a year, trips to the Silver Beach Motel in Wildwood Crest. He loved the ocean, was great at bodysurfing, and enjoyed his trips to Curley’s fries, and horseshoes in the sand with annual beach friends. Most of all he loved to see the joy the Jersey Shore trips brought his daughter, and later his grandchildren.

He was the loving husband of Linda (Allen) Cerbone; devoted father of Susan George (his daughter from his previous marriage to Joan) and her husband Robert of Toms River; cherished grandfather of Janelle, Robert, Abigail, and Daniel George. He is predeceased by beloved brother Ernest Cerbone Jr. and by their beloved parents, Ernest and Susan Cerbone.

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

Funeral services will be held 10 AM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Memorial donations to the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad, PO Box 2004, Wayne, NJ 07474 would be appreciated.

Guest Book


Dear Linda & Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend Carmen. As you know, we go back to high school days & I have precious memories of our times together over those many years. Although we lived far apart from each other, we remained close in our love for each other. The first time I laid eyes on Carm was at Queen of Peace High School back in 1957 when he had just moved from Bayonne. He was so mature & sharp looking I thought he was a new teacher. We quickly became close & remained close all this time. I wish I had a chance to have one last conversation with him. I would have wished him safe journey Into our Lord’s open arms. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to be at the services but Maria & I send you my deepest condolences. God bless you.

John Barbieri


Dear Linda We are deeply saddened with the loss of our dear friend Carmen. The memories of all the good times we had at the Silver Beach Hotel and get togethers afterwards are precious. We will always remember the laughs we shared and his natural humor which came so easily. His memory will be eternal.

Tony & Camille Ajakie


Dear Linda, Susan and Aunt Joan - love you and thinking of you. Even though most of the time I spent with Uncle Carmen was when I was very young, he left a lasting impression on me as a kind, loving, fun and caring person. I know my Dad deeply cherished their friendship for all these years. I pray for all of you to be comforted by all the beautiful memories of your time with him. We were all lucky to know him.

Jane He


Carmen you where always a genuinely kind and caring person to will always be remembered with a smile and a warm memories of days shared ...i wanted to thank you for being so good my brother Ray and my Mom over the years and my Aunt Alberta and being a loving and caring Husband and friend to my cousin Linda.. Rest in Peace Carm

Anthony Roger


Dear Linda and Susan, So sorry for you loss, so many memories, Carmen will dearly be missed. Sorry we couldn't be with you, but our prayers are.

Mike and Joan Vieira

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