John Michael Acierno

John Michael Acierno, 78, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Born in Newark, NJ on October 12, 1942, he was the son of the late Bernadette Ferris Acierno and Rocco Acierno.

A longtime resident of Milltown, NJ, John graduated from Woodbridge High School. He spent his career protecting his community as a New Jersey State Police Officer. He also owned and operated Acierno, Inc.

John was currently serving as the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus – Annunciata Council #8759.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed by all.

John is survived by his wife, Carol Ross-Acierno; daughter, Brooke Acierno (Michael Reid) of Bordentown, NJ; son, John M. Acierno, Jr. (Jennifer) of Arkansas; three grandchildren, Liam Acierno Reid, Jonathan Acierno, and Nicholas Acierno; and his brother, Toby Acierno (Betty) of Stuart, FL.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Einhorn.

A Catholic funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020, at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo with Deacon Al Hallatt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a cause dear to John’s heart, the Special Olympics (2200 Gateway Centre Blvd Ste 201, Morrisville, NC 27560 or online at

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at