Alfred Certisimo

September 28, 1928December 26, 2018

Alfred Certisimo (Al Certo) 90 of Secaucus passed away Wednesday December 26, 2018 at the Maywood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Maywood NJ.

Al was born in Hoboken and was a longtime resident of Secaucus.

Al was a legend in New Jersey Boxing Community. He was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. He trained and managed many great fighters including world champion James “Buddy” McGirt. Al trained many fighters out of the Rocky Marciano Gym and Buffano Gym in Jersey City and in Gleason’s Gym in New York City. He volunteered at the Secaucus PAL for 15 years teaching boxing to the kids of Secaucus.

He was also a skilled Tailor and was the owner of Certo’s Custom Tailors in Secaucus for 60 years where he provided custom suits for many celebrities including former Giant head coach Bill Parcells.

Al was predeceased by his daughter Sandra Mullins and his brothers: Joseph, Jimmy, Arthur and Robert Certisimo his sisters: Emma Bartlucci, Blanche Monteforte and Antoinette Conti;

He is survived by his wife Esther Bernacchi Certisimo; his daughter Kim and her husband Richard Mewengkang; his brother Carmine and his sister Joanne Viggiano; his grandchildren Saxon, Cody Natasha and Anthony; and his 6 great grand children;

Visitation will be held Saturday December 29, 2018 from 2 to 7 PM at the Mack Memorial Home 1245 Paterson Plank Rod. Secaucus. Funeral services will be held Saturday evening at 6:00PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington on Monday December 31,2018 at 10:00AM


  • Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Funeral Services Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Committal Serves Monday, December 31, 2018

Alfred Certisimo

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Darryl Smith

December 29, 2018

Growing up i was really tiny. Al saw me getting picked on outside the tailors ny four bigger kids, he came outside and chased them away bringing me into his store. He gave me lunch and told me if they ever bothered me again to tell him he’d take care of it .I never forgot his kindness. We ve been friends ever since (58 years) R I P Al

Torres Savage

December 29, 2018

I never forget the boxing talks and the honor to been around a legend as Mr . Al certo . Rip u be sadly miss fratello , salute ! From Baltimore

Gene & Denise Buchmuller

December 29, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the family. Al and the the Buchmuller family had been long time close friends that shared many memories together. He will always be remembered fondly. Love ❤️Gene & Denise Buchmuller.

Jennarae Degroff

December 29, 2018

Growing up I was friends with Sandy and Kim. I spent alot of time at their home. My memories of Al were that he was involved with his children, a real family man and loving and supportive father. He made you feel like you were part of his family when you were in his home. He was a staple in town, Certos was a landmark, and when you came into Secaucus, you knew you were home when you saw the familiar Certo's sign. He was an influential part of the community and he earned respect from all who knew him. A Giant of a man and a legend, he will be remembered fondly and missed. Fly high Al.

Luis Lopez

December 28, 2018

Words can't express how much Al meant to me. He was my trainer, my manager, my grandfather and I will never forget all the love and wisdom he shared with me. I will love and miss you forever.

Luis Lopez