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Albert J. Gatti, 58, Of East Brunswick, First Responder On 9/11

Albert J. Gatti Jr.
Albert J. Gatti Jr. Photo Credit: Provided

Albert J. Gatti Jr. of East Brunswick died at home Saturday from cancer related to his work at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was 58.

Gatti was one of many first responders who searched for survivors after 9/11.

He was employed by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. During the next two years, Gatti actively participated in the cleanup in lower Manhattan.

He retired in 2016 after 28 yrs and fought cancer the past five years.

He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis, who died in 1969; his son, Daniel Gjertsen, who died in 2007; and his father, Albert Sr. who died in 2015.

Gatti is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lillian; children, Alyssa Gatti and Christian Gjertsen (Theresa); his granddaughter, Fiona Grace; mother, Antoinette Gatti; brothers, Philip and Michael (Margaret); sisters, Elisa Borg and Barbara Wighton (Robert); and many nephews and nieces. 

He will be missed by his beloved pups, but especially by Bandit, who was his most loving companion.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 185 Applegarth Road in Monroe Township. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or Tunnel to Towers (

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