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Ernest Peter Nufrio

June 2, 1928 - September 2, 2014
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DISTINGUISHED PHOTOGRAPHER ERNEST P. NUFRIO Ernest Peter Nufrio, 86, formerly of Rockaway, New Jersey and Clermont, Florida passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2014 at the Celebration Hospital in Florida. Ernest is survived by his wife Lorraine of 60 years, sons David Nufrio and Marc Nufrio, daughter Caryn [Eric] Nufrio Lerman, and loving grandchildren Edward and Andrew Nufrio, Ryan Nufrio, Patrice and Michael Chiaramonte, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Ernest was a loving father, husband, uncle, grandfather, and a true friend to all he met and encountered on life's journey. Born June 2nd, 1928 in...
DISTINGUISHED PHOTOGRAPHER
ERNEST P. NUFRIO

Ernest Peter Nufrio, 86, formerly of Rockaway, New Jersey and
Clermont, Florida passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2014 at
the Celebration Hospital in Florida. Ernest is survived by his wife
Lorraine of 60 years, sons David Nufrio and Marc Nufrio, daughter Caryn
[Eric] Nufrio Lerman, and loving grandchildren Edward and Andrew Nufrio,
Ryan Nufrio, Patrice and Michael Chiaramonte, and many nieces, nephews
and extended family. Ernest was a loving father, husband, uncle,
grandfather, and a true friend to all he met and encountered on life's
journey.

Born June 2nd, 1928 in Newark, New Jersey, early boyhood
passions included flying model airplanes and working at the local movie
theater. Graduating Central High School in Newark, he enlisted in the
U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Second World War. Achieving the rank
of Corporal, his four year tour took him to China and the Pacific,
eventually returning to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where he served as a
bugler. At the end of military service, Ernest returned to New Jersey
attending Seton Hall University, finishing with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematics. Marrying his sweetheart, Lorraine who lived
across the street in Newark, Ernest lived life to the fullest, working
hard and having fun upon moving to Millburn, New Jersey. While working
at Public Service Electric and Gas Company, the lure of photography,
then just a hobby, took hold, and Ernest's creativity and talents
would blossom into an eminent professional career that would last for
more than 60 years.

Initially working out of his home in 1953, he began with black
and white photography, and often times used the bathtub in the family
bathroom as a print washer. Self taught, he worked for years as a
candid man with various studios, and thereafter began more formal
studies at the New York School of Photography and Germaine School of
Photography in New York. He completed his photographic education at the
prestigious Winona School of Photography in Indiana. Ernest studied
classical portraiture under internationally renowned Master Photographer
Joseph Zeltsman.

Opening his own studio in 1970 as Photography by Ernest in West
Orange, Ernest quickly gained a reputation as maverick, unafraid to try
innovative equipment or techniques. Adding a full in house color lab,
one of the first major studios to do so, he took control of the entire
photographic process. Working with family and many other skilled
individuals, who were both co workers and dear friends, and with his
sons and eventually his grandson's talents, he shaped one of the
largest family owned event photography businesses in New Jersey, still
operating today as Ernest Studios. Participating with the Lions Club and
Rotary, Ernest contributed charitably to improve others lives, and many
annual spaghetti dinners and other functions were attended. Coaching
basketball for his children or supporting other youth sports, it seemed
there was always an Ernest sponsored league playing somewhere!



Active with the national and state Professional
Photographers Association, Ernest always maintained the highest
standards and served as a Past President, State Delegate, and State
Print Chairman which fostered numerous professional and lifelong
friendships. Accepting Court of Honor awards and blue ribbon
recognition, he captured subjects locally or on photographic treks
through Europe and North America. Ernest mentored, exchanged ideas and
frequently influenced numerous other photographers to make them better
with their craft. Challenges in diverse settings took Ernest to
locations from northern Alaska to photograph a wedding, to the Jersey
Shore for a family portrait. The work helped validate Ernest's
industry reputation, the ability to precisely and creatively photograph
a commercial, candid, or portrait project, calmly and in control, making
clients feel at ease anywhere, anytime, while producing memorable
images!

Accordingly, Associate Fellow and Full Fellow of Photography
degrees, the Professional Photographer National Award, and Mr.
Professional Photographer of the Year Award were bestowed by his
contemporaries. Significantly, Ernest himself photographed numerous
personalities and sports figures including John D. Rockerfeller, former
Presidents Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford,
comedian Henny Youngman, media personality Regis Philbin, hockey legend
Slava Fetisov and the Stanley Cup, and childhood idol and baseball great
Yogi Berra. Historically he produced the Honorable Sylvia Pressler's
judicial portrait on location in Hackensack, a digital image and first
of its kind, creating a dignified lifelike representation which hangs at
the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton, New Jersey. Part historian, part
artist, what others did not often see, Ernest captured with creative
vision, all while quietly moving in and out of the background of
people's lives.

Ernest remained current with trends into the digital age, while
forging timeless personal photographs for thousands of celebrants and
clients. With his wife of over 60 years, Lorraine, a former school
teacher and studio manager at his side, they maintained a philosophy to
provide affordable photographic services, now to many second and third
generation returning customers. Although his profession in sorts
remained his hobby, when he had time he enjoyed golfing with friends,
reading, talking politics, watching sports, be it Yankee baseball,
football or ice hockey; yearly trips to Disney or spending time in
Florida relaxing. Being with his beloved family and grandchildren
surrounded by friends and even pets was his favorite and always made him
smile, be it holidays, sporting events, a meal, activities or any family
milestones which brought him true joy and provided an escape from being
behind the lens.

A graveside service is planned for Monday, September 8th, 2014
with visitation at 11 am and a 12 noon graveside service at the Woodlawn
Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha,
Florida 34734 [www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com] Ernest will be laid to
rest with full military honors. An additional future memorial service
and repast with family and friends will take place in New Jersey at a
later date and time to celebrate Ernest and his life.
















"It was an honor to know the great and mighty Ernest. He will forever be my biggest idol. Rest easy old pal." Matt Peterson (Rockaway, NJ)

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