Gerard C. Rinaldi
From Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
From an IBRO obituary:
- Gerard C. Rinaldi 48, former boxing writer and historian, died at his home in Port Richey, Fla., on Jan. 6, 2011. A native of Jefferson Township, N.J., Gerard attended Jefferson Township High School, where he excelled in sports. He was a terrific athlete and champion wrestler in the 101 lb. class. Gerard Rinaldi eventually became one of the top wrestlers in the state, placing in the districts and winning, among other awards, the coveted Tri-County Christmas Tournament Trophy. He was still considered the greatest 101 pound wrestler in Jefferson Township history, where his records still stand. After graduation, Gerard attended Florida Southern College, and then later transferred to Rutgers University, where he graduated with honors in history in 1986. While at Rutgers, Gerard was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, and became one of the most popular fraternity brothers of his generation. Upon his college graduation, Gerard took over his late father Joseph's insurance business, the Rinaldi Insurance Agency, which he operated until 1994. After his tenure in insurance, Gerard became an award-winning writer for the U.S.A. Boxing News, and traveled around the world covering championship boxing events and interviewing legendary boxing 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, the Boxing Writers Association, and the American Legion. As a member of the American Legion, Gerard was a highly respected World War II historian and enthusiast, and he also had an extensive collection of original G.I. Joe action figures and accessories. Gerard Rinaldi is survived by his mother, Angela; sister, Rosemarie; twin brothers, Alex and John, along with two nieces and seven nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved father, Joseph G. Rinaldi (1983).