JOHN M., of Bryn Mawr, formerly of Villanova, 87, a two-war veteran and retired commercial real estate broker, died on January 12, 2013.
Mr. Mirkil, a lifelong resident of the Main Line, attended William Penn Charter School and St. George's School in Newport, R.I. He left school to enlist in the Marine Corps during World War II, and served two tours.
After the war, Mr. Mirkil completed his secondary education at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, and earned his Bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an active member of the Delta Psi and St. Anthony Hall fraternities.
Mr. Mirkil returned to active duty in the Korean War. He was awarded the Naval Commendation Medal with Valor for exemplary service on the Intelligence Staff of a Marine Aircraft Group. He retired from military service with the rank of Captain.
Beginning in 1947, Mr. Mirkil devoted his entire career to the real estate profession, specializing in commercial real estate, and became sole proprietor of Mirkil & Co. He served as President of the Philadelphia Board of Realtors, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and National Director of the Society of Industrial Realtors. Mr. Mirkil remained an active broker until retiring in 2008.
Mr. Mirkil was an avid racquets, squash and tennis player. He was a member at the Philadelphia Racquet Club, Merion Cricket Club, and Gulph Mills Golf Club.
He is survived by his stepsister, Ruth T. (Henry) Hallowell, his son, Jay R. Mirkil, his daughter, Jean "Nini" M. (Jeffrey) Sakaguchi, and grandchildren Elisa Mirkil, Jack Mirkil, and Cooper Sakaguchi.
Graveside Service was held at 11 A.M. Monday, January 21st, at Oakland Cemetery, 1042 Pottstown Pike in West Chester.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 1/22/2013.
Published on Philly.com on Jan. 22, 2013