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ACIERNO--Joseph Nicholas. It is with great sadness that the Acierno family wishes to announce the passing of its gentle patriarch Joseph Nicholas Acierno. Joseph, affectionately known as Chuck by his family and friends, died peacefully on April 18, 2012 after battling illnesses for many years. The beloved husband of Rosemarie for 58 years, devoted father to Lynne, John, and Mark, and grandfather to eight, he carried himself with understated elegance. Joseph was a graduate of Tulane University and Fordham Law School and served in the armed forces. For decades, he was an Icon in the New York transportation industry, was president of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade and was known for his deep sense of integrity and unflappable even tempered nature. He and his brother John transformed their taxi business into what was to become the largest black car and limousine business in the New York metropolitan area. The business is now carried on by the fourth generation of Aciernos. Although now gone, his spirit and family values will live on with those he touched. His family will receive friends at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ on Friday April 20, between the hours of 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 21, 10:00am at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills, NJ. Private entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would be deeply appreciated.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 20, 2012
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