Robert J. (RJ) Cericola
RJ Cericola lost his valiant battle with cancer on August 18, 2021. A well-respected member of the fishing community, RJ was born in Point Pleasant Beach and raised in Lavallette. He resided in Brick Township for the last 25 years. He always had an affinity for the ocean, bay and rivers that surround our area. A master sailor and accomplished outdoorsman, RJ owned and operated his business, F/V Backwash, since 1988. He also owned and operated Backwash Environmental which participated in clean-ups of waterways, here and up and down the east coast. RJ worked with Rutgers, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, and several non-profits to preserve and protect our waterways and was dedicated to environmental clean-up and conservation. RJ is a member of the Fishermen’s Dock Co-Operative in Point Pleasant Beach and was very proud to be on the Board of Directors of Save Barnegat Bay. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Greenway) Cericola, his dog Lassie, his turtle Tootsie, and his devoted sisters Valerie, Rhonda and niece Christina. He also leaves behind a countless number of friends and family whose lives he touched deeply. A memorial service and an open house celebration of life will be held on August 29th at the Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company, 40 Kittiwake Avenue, Lavallette, NJ noon to 5pm. Donations can be made in his honor to the Save Barnegat Bay Foundation.
All arrangements are private and entrusted to the care of the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 706 Highway 35N, Lavallette, NJ. Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
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