Albert Cairo

Albert "Bucky" Cairo

Thursday May 26, 1932 - Wednesday September 16, 2020
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Loving Husband, Father, Brother, & Grandfather

Albert “Bucky” Cairo, 88 of Manchester, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Born in Newark, he lived in Belleville before moving to Manchester 16 years ago. Albert was a proud U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, a union electrician in Local 52/164, a past president and member of the Belleville Jaycee’s, the Belleville Kiwanis, and founder of the Belleville Barbell Club. He was also the trainer for the Renaissance Athletic Club in Manchester.

Albert is survived by his beloved wife, Mildred (Ruggiero) Cairo; his children, Thomas Cairo and his wife Alba, Bonnie D’Onofrio and her husband Ken, and Laura Volpe and her husband Rudy; sister, Dolores Nicolette Rinaldi; and 9 grandchildren, Skye Sauchelli and her husband Caleb, Christian Cairo, Jessica D’Onofrio, Jaime D’Onofrio, Erica D’Onofrio, Alyssa D’Onofrio, Nicholas Volpe, and Joseph Volpe. Along with his mother, Lucy Cairo, Albert was predeceased by his grandson, Ian Cairo.

The funeral will be Monday, September 21st at 8:30am from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, (, 267 Centre St., Nutley.

The funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Nutley at 9:30am.

The interment will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Sunday, September 20th from 2-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project,, would be appreciated.

Please keep in mind of all social distancing rules. In order to enter the premises, you must have and wear a mask. Only 55 people are allowed within the premises at any given time, so please be mindful of your time spent paying your respects so that others will be able to do so as well.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 9:30am
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 9:30am
    Holy Family Church
    28 Brookline Avenue
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Interment

    Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    350 Province Line Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Mark C. Morthier

Posted at 09:56am
I first met Bucky in 1981. I had just celebrated my nineteenth birthday. I had been weight training for about four years, and I had built up some muscle and strength, but I wanted to step up my game and learn how to do the Olympic lifts. Someone told me I should see Bucky Cairo at the Belleville Barbell Club.
As soon as I walked into the place, I felt intimidated. There were a group of men at the far end of the gym lifting massive weights over their head and then throwing them down onto the wooden platform with disdain. I was a somewhat shy and quiet kid, and I thought maybe this isn't for me. For a moment, I considered turning around and walking out, but it was too late.
A tough-looking middle-aged man with a USMC tattoo on his arm approached me, and I asked him if his name was Bucky. "Yes, I'm coach Bucky Cairo," he said. "Is your name Mark? I heard you might be stopping by. I understand you want to learn how to do the Olympic lifts?"
“Yes, sir,” I said, “if you have the time to teach me.”
“I always have time to teach those with a willingness to learn,” he said.
I began to feel a little less intimidated, and I was looking forward to showing him how much weight I could lift. Then he handed me a broomstick, and he told me to pretend it was a barbell. “This broomstick is what you'll be using to learn how to do the lifts,” he said. At first, I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't.
He worked with me for about three weeks using the broomstick as my barbell, teaching me the proper techniques of Olympic style weightlifting. All the while, he was coaching other lifters at the same time.
It took a lot of time and patience, but I eventually learned how to do the lifts, and I competed from 1981-1989. During my years of competing, I achieved some of my goals and had a lot of fun. I never qualified for a national competition, but that never stopped Bucky from coaching me. I never saw him turn anyone away who asked for help.
Bucky also had a great sense of humor, and he loved to laugh and have a good time. Besides helping me with my lifting, he helped me overcome some of my shyness and built up my confidence. I'll never forget him or the many years I spent lifting for the Belleville Barbell Club.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mildred, his children Tommy, Laura, Bonnie, and his grandchildren.

Jackie Donofrio

Posted at 01:26pm
Our condolences to the Cairo family. We are truly sorry to hear about Bucky's passing. May he rest in peace and give comfort to his family in knowing that he will be with the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Amen!

Jacqueline and Isabella D'Onofrio

Sandra Thomas

Posted at 12:44pm
I am so sorry to hear of Bucky’s passing. I always looked forward to seeing him stop at the front desk to say hello...when I return to work , I will miss him. We all have memories of him and I won’t forget him..take care of yourself. Fondly, Sandy

Dalkilic Family

Posted at 02:56pm
Dearest Laura and Family, wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Paula Hiltz

Posted at 08:35am
A long time ago on a cruise ship I met Bucky and he came to my rescue. Bucky and Millie have been through both of my marriages and the birth of my daughter. It’s been a wonderful friendship and I will truly miss him. RIP peace my wonderful friend. He always made me laugh even when I was really down. He was a special friend and it is a great loss to his family and friends. We love you Bucky! Bob and Paula Hiltz ❤️
friends. We love you Bucky and there will be an empty place in my life now that he’s gone.

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