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Anthony L. Zanazzi

Anthony L. Zanazzi

Friday, June 29th, 1934 - Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Surrounded by his loving family, Anthony L. “Zookey” Zanazzi of West Harrison died on October 30th of cardiac disease. Tony was a dedicated husband, father, pop-pop, lawyer, and teacher. He was born on June 29, 1934 to Charles and Mary (Alfero) Zanazzi and grew up on Ferris Avenue in White Plains. He and his wife Grace (Napolitano) were married for 59 years and raised four children. He is survived by his wife and children Charles Zanazzi and his wife Telly Jorden, Maria Zanazzi Williams, Joya Harold and her husband William, and his son-in-law Stephen Woodberry. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jorden and his wife Anne, Emma and Jake Zanazzi, Rachel Williams, Charles and Grace Woodberry, and Anthony and Caitlin Harold. All of his grandchildren were a source of pride and happiness, and he will always remain their beloved pop-pop. He was predeceased by his parents and his loving daughter Roseana Zanazzi Woodberry.
Tony graduated from White Plains High School, Fordham University, Fordham Law School, and Columbia Teacher’s College. He was a head counselor at Camp Mohawk and went on to teach at White Plains High School where he was an Assistant House Director. At Harrison High School, his passion for teaching continued to evolve; he created a law-related education program, raised money to build a model court room, and coached the mock trial teams from Good Counsel and Harrison that won several county, regional, and state competitions. He became the Director of Westchester Mock Trial Competition, and in 1991 was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of law-related education in New York State. He always smiled when meeting former students who remembered him as “the best teacher I ever had.” He also practiced law in both White Plains and Harrison as a sole practitioner and with the firms of Zanazzi & Gardella and Bashian & Farber. He was an active member of his communities serving on the White Plains Human Rights Commission and both the White Plains and Harrison Boards of Assessment Review. He was a member of the Roma Athletic Club and Harrison Lions Club. He served in the Air Force National Guard and was deployed to Germany during the Berlin Wall crisis.
One of Zookey’s passions was baseball, and he was a die-hard Mets fan. He began playing baseball at White Plains High School and was on the American Legion team that won the New York State and regional championships and took second place in the national finals in 1951. In 1953, he was named most valuable player in the Westchester All-Star tournament. He passed his skills and love of the game on to many youngsters over the years, including his children and grandchildren. He coached the JV baseball teams at both White Plains and Harrison High Schools in addition to several youth recreation leagues. In 1991, he received the Joann R. Lucas Volunteer of the Year Award for his commitment to the betterment of young people.
He will be remembered for his love of teaching, coaching, practicing the law with honesty and compassion, but most of all, for his love of family. We will all miss him.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    Address
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York 10605
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    Notes
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home continues to adhere to all recommendations from the CDC and NY State Department of Health as to our disinfecting and sanitizing practices for keeping the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As ordered by the Mayor of the City of White Plains, a face mask or cloth face covering will be required to be worn to enter and at all times while inside our funeral home, and Social Distancing precautions are in place. We can accommodate up to 65 people at any given time in our funeral home. If there is more than that number we will ask people to wait outside of our facility until such a time that space becomes available. We ask that anyone attending a wake or service at our funeral home be prepared with a face mask and if you feel uncomfortable or are in an at risk category, please stay home for the safety of yourself and others. Please dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared with an umbrella, as you may be waiting outside before you enter.
  • Service

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Anthony of Padua Church
    Address
    85 Harrison Street
    W. Harrison, NY 10604
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  • Interment

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 12:15pm
    When
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 12:15pm
    Location
    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    575 Hillside Ave
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10603
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Posted at 07:00am
Charlie and family, thinking of you all at this difficult time. Be comforted by the wonderful memories of your dad. With love, Joanne and John
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Lucy Casamassima

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He was my law teacher at Harrison High School my favorite class by far and my favorite high school teacher. I am in the law field today because of his teaching. RIP Mr. Z thank you. My condolences to the entire family. Lucy Casamassima
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