Gerard C. Rinaldi

Gerard C. Rinaldi

Gerard Rinaldi, 48, of Port Richey, Fla., and Jefferson Township died Jan. 6, 2011.

Mr. Rinaldi took over his late father Joseph’s insurance business, The Rinaldi Insurance Agency, which he operated until 1994. Afterward, he became an award-winning writer for the U.S.A. Boxing News and traveled around the world covering championship boxing events and interviewing champions such as Roberto Duran, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Manny Pacquiao. He was also a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame and the Boxing Writers Association.

He attended Jefferson Township High School, where he excelled in sports. He was a champion wrestler in the 101-lb. class, setting an unbroken record in the town. He eventually became one of the top wrestlers in the state.

After graduation, he attended Florida Southern College, and then later transferred to Rutgers University, where he graduated with honors in history in 1986. While at Rutgers, he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.

A member of the American Legion, he was a highly respected World War II historian and enthusiast and had an extensive collection of original G.I. Joe action figures and accessories.

He is survived by his mother, Anne; twin brothers, Jon and Alex; and a sister, Rosemarie.

Services were held Jan. 14 with arrangements by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels, Dover. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Family Service of Metro-West or United Jewish Communities.

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