BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Ero F. Rifelli of Bronxville, a man with a rich history of contribution to Westchester County, died Friday at the age of 87.
A two-time US Navy veteran, former police commissioner and hospital board member, Rifellis influence extended beyond his hometown and into Mount Vernon.
Rifelli was born June 27, 1924 in Thorold Ontario, Canada to Gaetano and Maria Rifelli. He attended Chicago Technical College of Engineering and Purdue University. He went on to serve as a member of the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. His contributions to society, however, did not stop there.
Rifelli took on the role of deputy police commissioner in Mount Vernon and became a member of the Mount Vernon Hospital board of directors. He received the City of Mount Vernon Service Award, Italian Civic Association Scholarship Fund Award, Boys Club of Mount Vernon's Man and Boy's Award and the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club Legion of Honor.
His professional accomplishments also include serving as president and founder of United Iron Inc. in Mount Vernon and president of Glero Realty. Corp.
Rifelli is survived by his wife Corrine, his children Richard, Randy, Renee and Rhonda and his brother, Alex. He was predeceased by his sister Vera Bonacorsi. His family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe Funeral Home . The funeral service will be held at Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association .
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