October 21, 2022, at the age of 88, the Cerrito family lost their hero, George A Cerrito. He is survived by his beautiful wife Catherine, his 3 boys George, Joseph & Thomas and his 3 daughters-in-law Rose, Ellen and Rosanne. He had 9 wonderful grandchildren and was lucky enough to gain a few through marriage... Corren & Steve, Georgie, Dino & Ashley, Catherine & Tim, Paul & Jannean, Joey, Robert, Tianna, and Tommy. His 5 great grandchildren brought him so much joy- Vivianna, Jaxon, Penelope, Cameron and Giada.
George's story started on January 27, 1934 he was born in Queens NY as the fourth child of six from Paul & Delfina Cerrito and has been reunited with his siblings Peter, Theresa and Tom. He is survived by his sister Diana and brother Bobby. George enlisted in the air force in 1952 where he served his country in the Korean war. He was severely injured during this time, where he spent 4 years in and out of the hospital, and in that time had 172 surgeries. He was engaged at the time and wed the love of his life Catherine (Kitty) 6 months after being injured. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in August.
Over the years, Georges' injuries have inspired everyone he knew. He never wanted to be perceived as being disabled and once anyone ever played a competitive sport with him, they did not perceive him as disabled either. If you knew him, you may have run into him at the paddle board courts, bowling alley, golf course or bocce ball courts.
After retiring as a heavy equipment operator for the City of New York, he moved his family to Florida. As a father, he was hard on us boys. He taught us to stand on our own two feet and back each other up and stand up for what we believed in while always showing his love for us and his family.
If you would like, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Wounded Warriors or Children's Burn Foundation of FL on behalf of George Cerrito would be greatly appreciated.