MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Benito "Benny" Protano, a longtime resident of Mamaroneck died Friday, May 27. He was 81.
Born in Roccasecca, Italy, on May 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Bernardo and Bernarda (DeSantis) Protano.
He emigrated from Italy at the age of 19 and was a hardworking man who enjoyed using his hands to help others. He worked as a tile-setter and was the owner of Woodbine Tile in Mamaroneck until his retirement. He was a member of the Alessandro Manzoni Lodge 258 Order of Sons of Italy in Mamaroneck for over 50 years.
He is survived by his five children, Carol Ann Canonico (Anthony), John Protano, Laura Sprovieri (Larry), Diane Knowles (Brennen), and Katherine Imperiale (Anthony); 12 grandchildren, Amy, Katie, A.J., Ben, Michael, Larry, Jamie, Valerie, Alexa, Nicholas, Camryn and Danielle; his longtime companion, Irma Tramontelli; a brother, Franco; a sister, Dora; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Rose Protano; a daughter, Bernadette “Della” Protano; and a sister, Lilliana Abbatecola.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 31, from 4-8 p.m. at the Westchester Funeral Home, Inc., 190 Main St. Eastchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vito’s Roman Catholic Church in Mamaroneck. Entombment to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale.