Alfred A. Siss Jr. Esq.,73 beloved husband, father, and brother passed on to eternal peace in his home on October 23, 2018.
Born Nov. 13, 1944, to Dr. Alfred and Anna Mae Siss, he attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Paterson and graduated from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes. Alfred was a natural athlete, was nicknamed “Ramapo Al,” and he loved running track. He graduated Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and The National Law Center of George Washington University. Following law school, Alfred served in the National Guard. Alfred practiced law beginning in 1969 in Midland Park, Wyckoff, and North Haledon, and was a municipal judge in Midland Park, NJ. He was a loyal New York Giants fan and pursued his love of music and writing. A sonorous bass, Siss loved singing, in particular with the Hoboken Renaissance Singers and the Collegiate Chorale in New York City and at countless churches throughout the metropolitan area, often accompanied by his wife, a pianist, Dr. Merry Naddeo. He is also the author of the 2013 novel, “The Birthright,” a product of years of devotion.
A man of extreme intelligence, bold wit, and strong heart, he is survived by his wife, Merry, of Hoboken; three children, William Siss (Madigan) of Harwinton, CT, Emily Smolin (David) of Ho-Ho-Kus, and Greta Buerkle (Jason) of Holmdel; devoted stepson, Ricardo Fernandez, currently on a humanitarian mission in South Sudan; brother Eric (Cara) of Santa Monica, Calif.; sister Christine Keeler (John) of Wyckoff; and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the Lawton-Turso Funeral Home, 633 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Community Church of Hoboken, 606 Garden St., with interment to follow at the Bergen Crest Mausoleum, North Bergen, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be sent to the Trustees of Columbia University, please indicate “Lewy Body Dementia Research/IMO Alfred A. Siss Jr.,” in the memo line and mail to Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, Attention: Matt Reals, 516 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.