John Mercurio

John Mercurio

April 9th, 1928 March 30th, 2020

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Obituary for John Edward Mercurio

John Edward “The Judge” Mercurio
John Mercurio, also affectionally known as The Judge, passed on the morning of March 30, 2020 just shy of his 92nd birthday. A longtime resident of Eastchester, he was known for his big heart, his green thumb and his incredible homemade pizza.
John was born in the Bronx, New York to Mariano and Carmela Mercurio on April 9, 1928. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gilda and his daughters Lynn Mercurio, Kathy Touris and Gina (Joseph). John was predeceased by his son, John Mark, and was a father figure to many. He was the beloved grandfather to Melissa (David) Vigue, Alexandria Touris, Kaitlynn Mercurio, Danielle DiMartino, Bianca DiMartino and John Mariano Mercurio and great grandfather to Olivia Mae Vigue and Lily Marie Vigue.
John was the Superintendent of Parks for the City of Mount Vernon for more than 40 years putting his love of all growing things to work for the city he called home. He studied botany at the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Gardens. As a young man, John served his country, enlisting in the U.S. Navy deploying to the South Pacific during World War II from 1946-1947.
As an adult, John was dedicated to and very proud of the family he built with Gilda. Outside of his love of family, John was a home chef, gardener extraordinaire and a true artist whether drawing portraits of friends, landscapes or mouse cartoons for his grandchildren. He owned and loved dogs over the years and even trained the squirrels and rabbits in his yard. When not cooking a classic Italian delicacy, John could be found holding court in his driveway, chatting with neighbors and friends. He will always be remembered by those whose lives he touched daily.
Due to the present situation, we are unable to have a traditional funeral. We thank all who would have wanted to pay their respects. A celebration of a life well lived will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude. Online condolences can be given at

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yohanny polanco

I am extremely sorry for your lost, keeping John and his family in my prayers.
(Yohanny from PCSB bank)
Comment | Posted at 08:50pm via Condolence

Karen A. Schivley

My family will miss John, one of the sweetest men in the world. Our son Tommy has grown up knowing John since he was a toddler. We will always look towards the driveway when we walk or drive by. Condolences to the family. The Schivley's
Comment | Posted at 09:50pm via Condolence

Ron Iaboni

John was a gentleman’s gentleman! He taught many a person the finer things in life. I will always have a special place in my heart for him. Bless him, for allowing me to have known him
Ron Iaboni
Comment | Posted at 03:41pm via Condolence

agnes touris

Enjoyed our conversations about gardening and dogs, two mutually favorite subjects. Great guy.
Comment | Posted at 08:31am via Condolence

Maja Giuliano

So sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of John. We shared many conversations, and waves as we passed the house on our way to ours. Our prayers are with Gilda and the Family.
Bob and Maja Giuliano
Comment | Posted at 10:32pm via Condolence

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