Paul Anthony Daronco

  • Born: March 2, 1936
  • Died: October 20, 2020
  • Location: Yonkers, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul A. Daronco, a lifelong resident of Westchester County, passed away on October 20, 2020. Paul was born on March 2, 1936 to his parents Rose and Frank Daronco. He is predeceased by his brothers, Honorable Richard J. Daronco and Frank Daronco. Paul graduated from Pelham Memorial High School where he played football and ran track. While attending PMHS, he met his sweetheart and later wife, Margaret "Mickey" Rotanelli. Upon graduation, Paul attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and served two years in the U.S. Army.

Paul and Mickey were married, August 3,1957, and just recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Paul was a heating and cooling engineer. After retiring, he was a consultant.

He was his happiest on the water. Captain of his boat, he could often be found fishing the Long Island Sound and Montauk with his first mates Rocco "Rocky" Mazzola and Charlie Geitz. A man of action and community, Paul served the Town of Pelham in several capacities: Trustee, Mayor, and Town Supervisor. In addition, he served as a Governor of the New York Athletic Club.

Avid travelers, Paul and Mickey saw much of the world making new friends along the way. Their second home in Sanibel, Florida, was a welcoming destination for family and friends. Paul had many hobbies including wine making, a favorite at holiday parties. A generous man, Paul ensured his family experienced life fully and with unconditional love, from grilling his famous steak on the patio, cooking his infamous chicken soup, or celebrating with his loved ones at gatherings and family vacations.

Paul is survived by his wife Mickey, his three daughters Lori, Kathi and Maria, his eight grandchildren Jeni, Mike, Tommy, Sarah, Charlie, Brian, Cali and Julia, his two great-grandchildren Melanie and Paul (his namesake), cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church located at 575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor, NY on Friday October 23rd at 10:00am Interment will be private. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hey Uncle Paul,
Well this is your first Thanksgiving in heaven. Mom Mom is making polenta like you never tasted before. Every day is thanksgiving in Our Father's house I'll bet. Say hi to my Dad.
First Thanksgiving and Christmas Aunt Mickey, Lori, Kathy, Maria and your grandkids won't have you in body. A big void, but love never dies. The subject of our conversations would invariably turn to one of them, and it was always good news. I'm told we will all know each other in a new and better way when we meet up again through Jesus Christ.
Some of my fondest memories are the family barbeques as a kid, the laughing, and hollering, too much food, Uncle Frank on the piano. That Memorial Day me and Peter marching in the Pelham parade with the Boy Scouts, you and my Dad up ahead with the Trustees.
Always looked up to you Uncle Paul, big, strong, tough, super-duper athlete. But you also demonstrated the definition of what a real man is, a real Christian man. You walked the walk. Sacrificial, caring, and not afraid to cry for a loved one. The way you doted on Mom Mom. I would belly laugh watching her nitpick at you about some job you had just did for her, putting in a new bathroom, new gas stove, and you telling her to go fly a kite, then taking her to Saturday evening mass at St. Catherine's.
Or how many times you took care of your younger brother Frank Peter. You were always there for him. For me too. Taking me to the hospital when I took a swan dive off Mom Mom's couch, giving me good counsel when I needed it and.lots of laughs. How you where there for all of us when you lost your big brother. Yup, you were a good role model.
Bet the blue fish are always running up there. But Rocky and the Apostles will show you the hot spots.
See ya,
Richard Daronco

Posted by Richard Daronco - 1310 Velda Way, Wellington, FL - Family   November 25, 2020

Dear Mickey, Paul will always be missed by all who knew him. We have been friends for so many years and have had so many good times together. Hopefully he is on a boat with "Rocky" fishing somewhere.
I got into boating because of Paul both here and down at Sanibel Harbor, Fla. No one could make "Palenta" like Paul. "Rest in Peace my Friend" Pat Grosso

Posted by Pat Grosso - White Plains, NY - Friend   November 05, 2020

Dear Mickey and all the family, We are so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He certainly was a wonderful man and we know he will be greatly missed by us all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have such wonderful memories of Paul from running into him at DeCicco's, at his Mom's or just anywhere we would run into him in Pelham. He always had a big smile and a wonderful greeting! Michele & Kevin Ennis

Posted by Michele Ennis - Larchmont, NY - Family   October 26, 2020

I just heard the sad news. What a wonderful person, he will be missed.

Posted by Elaine Fetherston - Port Washington, NY - Coworker   October 26, 2020

Dear Mickey and Family,
I just heard of Paul's passing. Please accept my condolences. My memories of Paul include a huge smile, joyful laugh, and a great hug. You will be in my prayers at this time of transition.


Posted by Rosine Russo Alfredo Kekelis - St. Charles, MO - Family   October 26, 2020

Sincere sympathy to you Mikey, Lori, Maria and Kathi and the rest of the family. So sorry for your loss. A lovely man, we only met him a couple of times but I remember him well from the Black Sea Cruise and at later at your family gathering in New York. A lovely family man, so interesting and inspirational. God Bless in our prayers Carol, Beth, Catherine Race, United Kingdom. Oct 24 2020

Posted by Carol Race - Middlesbrough - Friend   October 24, 2020


We want to express our sincerest sympathy to Mickey and family on the passing of Paul.
Over the years, we had many fond memories. Memories are long lasting and are not easy to forget.
One of those memories was when he was Supervisor and I asked him to be our Santa Cause at our Court Clerks annual Christmas party. He dressed up as Santa Clause and greeted all the attendees and gave each a gift. This event became the talk of the Westchester Court Clerks Association.
Paul will be sorely missed by many.
Evelyn and John Cassone

Posted by Evelyn & John Cassone - Pelham, NY - Friend   October 24, 2020

You have my heartfelt sympathy Mickey, I know from experience this is not easy. My prayers are for Paul, you and your family at this time. I am reminded how far back we go..Thinking of the many Sunday evenings we spent at the Newman Club at St. Catherine's. Time goes by so fast and here we are. God bless! Florence

Posted by Florence Roche - PELHAM, NY   October 23, 2020

Lori, We are so sorry for your loss. I only had the pleasure of meeting your Dad a few times, but was so impressed with his energy, intelligence, kindness & the way he adored your Mom and you! He embraced your Steele family & it was evident that he was so very proud of you & your accomplishments! Your Mom, you & your sisters & all your family are in our thoughts & prayers! We hope that, in time, your wonderful memories of your Dad will bring you some comfort.
Love, June & Jim Schneider

Posted by June Schneider - Rockville Centre, NY - Friend   October 22, 2020


Mickey, I'll never forget Paul. I was my privilege to have sat on the Board with him for so many years. Lorraine and I remember him as a warm and jovial man who always had a smile on his face. He served our community for years and we are grateful for that. Paul will be missed. We are keeping Paul and your Family in our thoughts and prayers
May he Rest in Peace

Posted by Raymond & Lorraine Tabano - Yonkers, NY - Friend   October 22, 2020

With my sincerest sympathy to Mickey and the Daronco family. RIP Paul

Posted by MaryAnn Mirando - Bronx, NY - Family   October 22, 2020

Prayers to all the family. He certainly was a notable person in Pelham. God bless and peace.

Posted by Susan Arnau Belcher - Sunset Beach, NC - Friend   October 22, 2020

I will always remember the good times we had , Dee and Vic Paul and Mickey . You will be missed Paul. You were fun and lively and admired by all. Say hello to Vic for me,,,he has been waiting for you.

Posted by Dee Benisatto - Bronxville, NY - Friend   October 22, 2020

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