Salvatore J. Pernice
Salvatore J. Pernice, CFSP, was born in Passaic, N.J. He graduated from Passaic High School in 1973, attended William Paterson College and then attended mortuary school at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, N.Y. with a scholarship he received from the Passaic County Funeral Directors Association. He graduated mortuary school in 1976 and was licensed by the State of New Jersey in 1977.
Salvatore began serving his apprenticeship in 1973 with the Powell Funeral Home in Passaic. He went on to become a trade embalmer for many funeral homes in the Bergen, Passaic and Essex county area, while also assisting with autopsies in many of the Tri-State hospitals. He also was the livery service for the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office for many years. He began doing trade work for Van Emburgh-Sneider in 1980 covering nights after 5 pm. He became owner of Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home in 1994, changing the name to Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice in 2000.
He is currently involved with many local churches in the area, and has been for many many years supporting them in many different aspects as needed.
Salvatore is a member of the Passaic County Funeral Directors Association, NJ State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association; he is also a licensed funeral director in New York and Florida. He is an honorary member of the Bergen Highlands Rotary Club, former coach of the Upper Saddle River/Allendale Jr. Football Association, a former Lodi High School football coach, a bereavement facilitator with Presentation Church, Past President of the Ramsey Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey UNICO, Ramsey Business Association, Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, and a School Resource Police Officer who taught the DARE Program to 5th grade students.
Salvatore was joined by his son's Salvatore Jr. and Nicholas who also work at the family business as licensed funeral directors for many years now, along with his daughter Melanie who is the office secretary. His wife Joan McGeechan Pernice has had the role of office billing for the past 25 years.
He still enjoys working and spending much time deserved at his home in Arizona, while still traveling back and forth to NJ overseeing day to day operations.
In closing, if you ask him what stands out most in his 48 years in the funeral profession it was the evening of September 11, 2001 where by orders of the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office, he led a team along with four men and himself (Bill Waxman, Steve Pink, Tommy Giordano and Keith Morgan) into ground zero to begin the task of recovery of those who were killed in the tragic World Trade Center attack of 9-11, a memory that he says will be with him forever.