MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- William S. Panaro, 85, a lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, died Dec. 28, at his home.
Panaro was born to the late Salvatore & Veronica Panaro. He was a 1949 graduate of F.E. Bellows High School, where he enjoyed playing his trumpet in the band and playing on the football team. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he received the Combat Infantryman badge, the Korean Service Medal with one bronze star and the United Nations Medal.
Panaro worked as a police officer for 38 years for the Village of Pelham Manor and received numerous awards and citations for his dedicated service.
He is survived by his wife MaryLouise Panaro; children, William S. Panaro Jr. (RaeJean), Alice Murphy (Paul), Margaret and Christine Panaro; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, and Jonathan Recchia, Katelyn and Kyle Panaro, Walter, Luke, and Charlotte Murphy, Jacqueline, Bernadette, Nicholas and Theodore Gross; sisters, Doreen DelBianco (husband Joseph), Lydia Adriana Grier (husband Harry).
He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Antoinette and Charles R. May.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 767 E. Boston Post Road. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vito's RC Church followed by interment at Greenwood Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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