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Sylvano "Woody" Burroni

March 6, 1949 — March 26, 2023

Eastchester, NY

Sylvano Anthony “Woody” Burroni of Eastchester, New York, was 74 years old, born on March 6, 1949 in New Rochelle, NY to the late Teobaldo and Caroline (Camillone) Burroni. Woody graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1967.

Woody Burroni, the no-filter, straight to the point, hard as nails, against change of any kind, a fashion flare like no other, life of the party, generous, funny, hard worker, loyal, dedicated, and a man with a smile that would light up an entire room, passed on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

He married his true love, Genevieve D’Adamo, an administrative assistant, 51 years ago. They had two daughters Marcelle “Mel” Burroni, and Gena Burroni-Sanchez, married to “the son he never had” Michael Sanchez. He taught his daughters how to work hard, be independent, courageous and resilient.  He also taught them to fish, drive a boat and be the best person they could be. Woody taught by example and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends sharing a meal or attending a celebration.

Woody joined the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1971, serving in the rank of Staff Sergeant. He also took pride in his service during the Vietnam conflict, and loved our nation. He was a hero that fought for our country and our independence.

Woody was also a Master electrician that was often sought after for his knowledge and skills. He worked in the industry for 50 years, in private companies and with the Local 3 Union. He was extremely proud of his work on the historic Tappan Zee Bridge and he would explain to everyone, including people he just met, every detail about his experience.  

His second true love was his dog Max.  Max and Woody were inseparable.  Woody loved walking Max and waving to everyone in the “Circle.”  Their bond was pure, unconditional love.  He also deeply loved and admired his grand-dog Teddy, and would play with him for hours during visits.

Woody also loved Johnny Walker Black, his Chevy Impala and playing solitaire on his computer. He liked to make people smile and he enjoyed ringing his cow bell on any holiday but especially while he sat on his “veranda” watching the Eastchester St. Patrick’s Day parade.  Woody was also very passionate about golf.  He loved the game and especially the time spent with his besties on the golf course.  He truly excelled at the game. 

Woody had extreme displeasure over anything to do with modern technology.  We would chuckle over how much he despised his Iphone because it was no longer a flip.  When Woody was home, he had to be within arm’s reach of his oversized 1980’s TV remote, which became an utter nightmare when he was introduced to the smart-TV.  When he was finally able to turn his smart-TV on, he insisted on only watching M*A*S*H, Avatar for the 1000th time, or every movie prior to 1970.    

Woody will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, father-in-law, brother, uncle, relative and wonderful friend. He will be dearly missed; he was loyal, honorable, and as he put it, “speaking the truth”, he would often say when asked, how are you, “I am good – doing better than most”. 

Woody is survived by his devoted wife Gen, and his beloved children Mel, Gena and Michael, his cherished dog Max and grand dog Teddy; his sister Deborah DeRenzis and brother Richard, Burroni and wife Barbara.  Predeceased by his parents Teobaldo and Caroline Burroni, sister MaryEllen Zappier, brother John Burroni.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donation may be made to the Bronx Fisher House, K9s For Warriors, and Cancer Care.

A celebration of Sylvano Anthony “Woody” Burroni’s life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham NY on Thursday 30 March, 2023 4-8pm. A Funeral service will take place at Pelham Funeral Home the following morning at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Beechwood Cemetery. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

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