P. Gilbert Mercurio passed away on Sept. 27, 2021 in White Plains. He was born on Aug. 2, 1943. A graduate of Regis High School and Columbia University, he was a 1968 combat veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He married Sharon Kay Finley in 1970, who survives him.
For 31 years (1980-2011) he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Westchester County Board of Realtors. Mercurio was very active in his Realtor association management profession. He served on many committees of the New York State Association of Realtors including Executive, Finance, and Legislation. He is the founding chairman of the Association Executives Committee of that organization. He was a member of the State and Local Issues Committee of the National Association of Realtors and he holds the Omega Tau Rho designation of that organization, signifying exceptional service.
From 1973 to 1980, Mercurio was Director of Research and Planning for the Westchester County Association and the World Trade Club of Westchester. Previously he was an urban planner for a private consulting firm as well as the Bergen County and Westchester County Planning Departments, the latter from 1970 to 1973, during which time he worked on and authored parts of the county’s initial master plan titled “Urban Form.” His urban planning degree is from the School of Architecture of Columbia University.
Mercurio has an extensive record of participation in the business and civic life of Westchester County including former service as a Director of the Westchester Housing Fund, Westchester Housing Forum, Westchester Equity Fund, and Westchester Partnership for Economic Development; Chairman of the Urban Centers Task Force of the Westchester 2000 project; President of a White Plains neighborhood association; member of the original County Commission on the Homeless, White Plains Planning Board, Housing Action Council, and White Plains Housing Information Service, among many other organizations. He also served as a trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sharon, children: Claudia (Alex); Curtis and Douglas and grandchildren: David, Emelia, Gavin, Logan, and Quentin. A memorial service for Gil will be held on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, 2 Maple Ave., White Plains from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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