MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Anthony V. Cerchiara of Mt Vernon died Sunday, Aug. 25. He was 93.
Cerchiara was born Feb. 16, 1922, to Rocco and Maria Cerchiara. He grew up in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. He attended Evander Childs High School, Hampden Sydney College of Virginia, City College and the New York Law School where he was awarded his Doctor of Law Degree, Cum Laude. Volunteering in World War II, he was a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Deck, Engineering and Boat Group Commander. He was decorated for his service in China, Philippines, Asiatic, and Pacific together with operation ribbons and stars. Ordered to Stockton California, he was part of a team of officers assigned to decommissioning warships.
He was admitted to practice in the New York State Courts and Federal District Courts and was a certified circuit and county mediator of the Supreme Court of Florida. He served as an associate City Court judge in Mt. Vernon and some of his decisions were published in the New York Reports. He completed more than 50 years of service as an attorney. He was also a past Grand Knight, district deputy and lecturer of council #410. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Cerchiara is survived by his son, Anthony V. Cerchiara, Jr.; siblings, Vincent, Irene, Domenica and Yolanda; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lillian.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30 at the Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe Funeral Home . A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
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