Alexander August Cella

February 4, 1934August 19, 2010

Alexander A. Cella of Great Notch passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on August 19, 2010 at his home. He was 76 years old.

Mr. Cella will be remembered at a Memorial Gathering on Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 2-4 pm at the LaMonica Memorial Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston. Funeral services were held privately. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or Smile Train. For those wishing to offer a tribute, please visit

Al was born in Paterson, NJ on February 4, 1934. He grew up in Cedar Grove and attended Bloomfield High School where he graduated in 1951. He also worked his way up through the Boy Scouts eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. Al was attending Fairleigh Dickinson University when he enlisted in the US Air Force during the height of the Korean War. He was a patriot who proudly served as a Flight Navigator until his discharge in 1955. He entered California Polytechnic Institute, the #1 Engineering School in the country, and graduated in 1958 with a BS in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering.

Al began his career with SWEPCO Tube where he worked until entering the business world on an independent basis in 1963. His business ventures have been all encompassing and directed primarily towards the world’s Energy Sector. His was the owner and President of PIPECO, Nuclear Power Products, Inc., and Universal Testing Laboratories. His International associations included Ansaldo of Italy, KWU/Siemens of Germany, and Sumitomo of Japan.

Throughout his career, Al made many friends and contacts all over the world and was highly recognized for his efforts and accomplishments. He received the “Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology” award and was the holder of numerous US Patents. He was a member of the distinguished Circumnavigators Club, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Metal, and the American Society of Testing Materials, to name a few.

Al was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Francesca Cella, brothers August and Albert Cella, and sisters Julia Guarini and Elisa Cella. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Elizabeth (Betty) (nee Hall) Cella, his loving children Ellen Sorensen, and her husband Mark, Kathy Cella, and Heidi Schwegler, and her husband Robert, his cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann, Amelia, and Robert, as well as his dog Lucky.

When Al wasn’t working, he could be found flying his private plane out of the Caldwell Airport or skiing. He especially loved the village of Zermatt, Switzerland. His greatest love was his family to whom he devoted his life. Al lived a full life and accomplished great things touching the lives of many. To those who came to know him, he was a gentle man with a kind and generous heart but to his family he was the world.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, August 28, 2010

Alexander August Cella

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Amelia Schwegler

August 23, 2011

I will miss you forever.

Angela DelliSanti

August 18, 2011

Dear Betty, Kathleen, Ellen & Heidi and grandkids. Its been a year tomorrow and tomorrow a day since my boss & friend went away.My heart is with all of you. I only hope your all doing ok. Like I said before my boss my friend the best. He is missed alot.
Angela DelliSanti and son Frankie
God Bless all of you again it will take some time for your hearts to mend. Me too.

Next time Ill write a letter to you at home.

Roger Burton

April 15, 2011

I go back to the Pipesales & Pipeco days with Chuck Vinzant, Collie Snyder, Joe Evans, Carl Rilk, Rick Wright, & so many Japanese associates, etc. I always admired and looked-up to Al & was so sorry to hear of his passing.
Roger Burton Lake Wales, FL

Kathy Cella

January 23, 2011

Hey dad, Its been a few months & we still can't comprehend you are gone. Mom misses you terribly, you were her life. Please help us to go on. Even as adults you were always our guiding light, it seems so dark now. I am doing my best here but never realized how much you did. Stay with me please I stil need you. I love you & miss you & you will always be my hero. Love you, Kas

Amelia Schwegler

January 22, 2011

I will miss you grandpa! I loved you!

John Healy

September 26, 2010

To Kathy & Family,
I'm sorry I never met your father Kathy, you're right, he was a man I would have enjoyed meeting. I can see where you get that desire for education and your love of people. Please don't ever lose that.
I'm sure we'll get together after all the loose ends are put in place and you can fill me in on all the details the obit left out, I would like to know more about your father.
You and your family are in my prayers.
Until we meet again, your friend,

Kathy Cella

September 25, 2010

Hi dad,
Its been over a month & I still can't believe your not here. I miss you every day. Please stay with me. I miss flying & skiing with you. Love you & hope your having a good time with the rest of the family in heaven. Don't get in too much trouble with Uncle AL ! Love you always, Kas

Susan Lynch

September 7, 2010

I just learned of your father's death. Although I never met him, I loved Marianne's stories about him and your family. I know the two of them are sharing laughs together. My condolences to your mother, you, and your whole family. Such a difficult year.
Fondly, and with prayers, Susan Lynch

Kathy Cella

September 3, 2010

Kathy Cella

September 3, 2010