Friends, family and those in law enforcement will gather to remember the life of former Tuckahoe Police Chief Gerard Mignone. Mignone died on Thursday. The 73-year-old had been battling cancer.
Mignone had been a pioneer when it came to spearheading programs against domestic violence, as well as youth programs. He was one of the very first youth officers in the state of New York.
Currently, three of Mignone's four sons work in law enforcement. One is a detective with the Westchester County Police Department. The other two are now with the Eastchester Police Department.
Mignone was an Eastchester native, born back in 1939. He graduated from Eastchester High in 1957 and then enlisted in the Army.
In 1966, he joined Tuckahoe's Finest. From there, he worked his way up in rank. In 1993 he became the Chief of the police department.
Mignone's funeral mass will be held this morning at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale at 10 a.m.
Here is more on Mignone's life from Westchester Funeral Home:
Gerard Mignone entered eternal rest on January 3, 2013 at the age of 73. Gerard was born on April 17, 1939 and was the beloved son to the late Gerard and Assunta Rescigno Mignone.
Gerard was born and raised in the Town of Eastchester. He graduated from Eastchester High School in 1957. Gerard enlisted in the US Army in 1958 where he was stationed in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1961.
He joined the Tuckahoe Police Department in 1966. In 1971 he received an Associated Degree in Applied Science from Westchester Community College. In 1972 Gerard was promoted to Detective/Youth Officer, in 1985 he was promoted to Detective Sergeant, in 1989 he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and in 1993 he was promoted to the rank of Chief where he served until his retirement in 2003.
He was named Westchester County Detective of the Year in 1991 for his intelligent investigative skills and named Police Officer of the Year in Tuckahoe in 1989. Gerard was the Past President of both the New York Chiefs of Police Association and also the Westchester County Detective's Association. He has left his mark on much of the outstanding work and accomplishments of these organizations and has provided the impetus for many of their endeavors.
Gerard is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 49 years, his sons Gerard, Kenneth, Anthony, and Michael. His daughters in law Kim, Emily, and Tina. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren Katelyn, Anthony, Nicolas, Michael, Amanda, Olivia, Alexa, Sofia and Joseph.
He is survived by his brother's Rudolph, Peter, Lawrence and his sister Joanne Mignone Rosamond. He is predeceased by his sister Concetta Mignone Vigliotti and his brothers Francis and Edward.
Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday January 8th at 10am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scarsdale. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to EVAC, PO Box 482, Scarsdale, NY 10583.