GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. - Ernest S. Prince, the president and chief executive officer of The Urban League of Westchester County, Inc., died Dec. 8 at the age of 69. A funeral service was held on Wednesday in Mt. Vernon for the Goldens Bridge resident.
Under 37 years of his leadership, the Urban League became a premier social service and civil rights organization in Westchester County that helped disadvantaged citizens achieve self-sufficiency, obtain adequate housing, health care, educational opportunities, employment and training.
Prince was the recipient of the Westchester College Foundation Medallion, American Jewish Committee Westchester Chapter Human Relations Award, Xi Chi Omega chapter Outstanding African-American Man award and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Community Service Award.
He was born Nov. 7, 1942 in Alliance, Ohio to Rachel and James Prince. Starting in high school, he began to exhibit leadership qualities by holding numerous class offices at Alliance High School and athletic skills at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Beyond providing leadership to the Urban League, Prince was devoted to improving the quality of life for all citizens by addressing social inequity and assisting those in need.
He served as president for the Council of National Urban League Executives, Chairperson of Westchester County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Commissioner for the Westchester County Conditional Release Commission and Westchester Education Coalition, Vice Chairman of Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board, Westchester Fair Campaign Committee, African-American Leadership Forum and the Westchester County Department of Social Services Advisory Council.
Prince was also a devoted member of the New York State Human Rights Commission Advisory Council, Westchester Holocaust Commission, New York State Board of Regents Statewide Educational Gap Implementation Advisory Committee, Westchester County African-American Advisory Board to the County Executive, Westchester County Office of Employment and New York State Board of Education Committee of Practitioners.
He was also a charter member and served as the Sire Archon of Beta Zeta Boule Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, a historic African-American organization founded in 1904.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl, his daughters Lisa (C. Toby) Shorter and Michelle, his brother Mark and his wife Ingrid and three grandsons. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother George and his sisters Betty and Patricia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Urban League of Westchester County, 61 Mitchell Place, White Plains, NY 10601, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.
Friends were received on Tuesday at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City. The funeral service was held on Wednesday morning at Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.