Frederick V. Acerra, Sr.
AGE: 88 • Long Branch
Frederick V. Acerra, Sr., 88, of Long Branch died peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Born in Long Branch he was a lifelong resident. His love of baseball earned him the title of All State Short Stop for Long Branch High School. Frederick was a member and short stop of the famous Acerra Brother Baseball Team, Long Branch. The team was honored at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. The Acerra team won the Long Branch City League Champions for ten consecutive years. Frederick was scouted by numerous Major League Baseball teams, the "Yankees" being one of them. He was also a member and Past Commander for the VFW, Brighton Memorial Post, #2140, Long Branch and a member and Past Exalted Ruler for the Long Branch Elks, BPOE, Lodge #742, Long Branch. He worked over 40 years for Monmouth Consolidated Water, Shrewsbury, where he retired as a Commercial Service Supervisor.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Eleanor Hurley Acerra in 1991. Surviving are his children, Donna Urmey of Long Branch and Frederick V. Acerra Jr. and his wife Barbara of Brick; grandchildren, Anthony Urmey and his fiance Katie Fitzgerald, Michael Urmey and his wife Jacklyn and Cory Acerra; a brother, Edward Acerra of Long Branch and a sister, Frances Christopher of West Long Branch as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Acerra's memory to BPOE, # 742, Crippled Childrens Fund, 150 Garfield Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740 would be appreciated. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 29th, from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Hoffman Funeral Home, 415 Broadway, Long Branch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 am Monday, December 30th at Holy Trinity RC Church of Christ The King Parish, Long Branch. Interment will be private.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 27, 2013.