Albert "Al" Salerno


Albert Anthony Salerno (Al), 88, of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ died peacefully at home on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from pancreatic cancer.  His love for his family and friends, firm belief in Jesus Christ, and devotion to St. Joseph supported him in his struggle and gave him peace before his passing. 

Al was born on October 6, 1928 in the Bronx, NY to his beloved parents Maria Camelia and Joseph Salerno.  He was blessed with a large and loving family.  He lived in the Bronx until he moved to Ho-Ho-Kus in 1972.  Al was the devoted husband of Rosalie Perniciaro Salerno who preceded him in death in 1987.  He was an extremely dedicated and loving father, grandfather, Godfather and uncle.  He is survived by his children Maria Salerno, Ann Salerno and Albert Salerno Jr.; son-in-law Scot Bateman; grandsons Luke and Alexander Bateman; brother Francis Salerno and many nephews and nieces.  

Al Salerno was a talented illustrator, cartoonist, and sculptor.  He graduated the School of Industrial Art (now the High School of Art & Design) in Manhattan in 1947.  He was a member of the National Cartoonist Society.  Throughout his career, he published cartoons in magazines including The New Yorker, Photoplay, Argosy and True Magazine.  He drew sports cartoons for The Catholic Advocate newspaper and political cartoons for the magazine, Work, a publication of the Catholic Labor Alliance.   He won many audiovisual awards for his work as art director at Ad Master in New York City.  He was the owner and art director of Accu-Visual in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ until his retirement. 

Al was a devout Catholic and was very active in the Church throughout his life.  He firmly believed in living his faith in and through his daily life.  In the 1950-60’s, he was a national leader in the Young Christian Workers where he studied the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and worked as an organizer for the Teamsters. He was a former parishioner of St. Gabriel’s Church, The Church of the Presentation, and most recently St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.  Over the years, he was active in many Church ministries including Cursillio, Marriage Encounter, Christian Family Movement, Charismatic Renewal, Bereavement ministries and ran a Catholic men’s faith sharing ministry, “St Joseph the Worker,” for 13 years.  He felt a deep calling to serve people and dedicated his life and time towards outreach to others. 

In his last months, Al was sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and countless visits from his family, friends, and Church communities.  Those who knew Al will greatly miss his loving presence, warm smile, inspiring faith, sense of humor, wisdom, insight, hugs and kisses.  They celebrate the fact that he is now at peace with the Lord and his many loved ones who have passed before him.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, July 31st from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 10 am at St. Luke’s Church, 340 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.  Interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, Al asked that donations be made to the Several Sources Shelters, P.O. Box 157, Ramsey, NJ 07446,, a foundation that provides shelter and resources to expectant mothers and their babies, as well as homeless, sick, and elderly women. 

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I'll miss my brother in Christ, What a gift he was to the Men's ministry and Men's Journey at Presentation! Had the talent to make us laugh and think deep about our faith. "Well done good and faithful servant" - Matthew 25:21
Vinnie Montini
I knew Al, as I worked at the Church of the Presentation Church. We shared many memories of the Bronx, he came from Vyse Ave. Al had a great sense of humor. He also was my dance partner at some of the senior meetings on Tues when they had musical entertainment. He was great raconteur. Al was admired by many, he was unique. Peace and Blessings in Heaven, Al, you deserved them.
Milli Stellatos
jGodfather, we loved you forever. You were the best. xoxoxoSheila and all!
Sheila mcGarry
Dear Al in Heaven, God blessed me when we met at the St. Luke's Men's Conerstone a few years back. This blessing included your example of unconditional love of family, faith, craft, and St. Joseph and your Italian heritage. You spoke with extreme compassion for each that I always attempted to absorb all you had to say. I love being with you at church, home and in the neighborhood. Your passion for life was evident by the way you smiled, greetings, flavored language and warm/strong embrace. You always stride to be the best version of yourself. You showed me how to love the Lord, have unconditional faith, the hunger and passion for the Eucharist and not fear death. I will keep you in my prayers and look forward to the day that we will meet again to continue our rich discussions of earthly events as well as the joy we experience at our resurrection with family and Christ. I love you......Roger Hughes
Roger Hughes
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