Arthur A. Pizzuto passed away on Sunday evening, April 11th, 2021, near his new home in Bridgeville, Delaware at age 64. He was a longtime resident of both the Bronx and Cortlandt Manor, New York.
Born in the Bronx on October 3rd, 1956 to his loving parents Juliet Gloria and Arthur J. Pizzuto, he spent his younger years growing up in the Indian Village neighborhood of Morris Park and attending Mount Saint Michael Academy. He went to college at the University of Delaware, where he was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, creating lifelong friendships and memories with his fraternity brothers and their families.
After meeting his future wife, Sandra Diana, at her brother’s wedding, their story began. They married in 1987 and immediately moved to Cortlandt Manor. Their family was completed with the birth of their precious daughter Laura. The three of them had many adventures together and later added their fur baby Ginger.
His career as both a sales and marketing professional in the health care industry ended at Montefiore Medical Center, where he retired after 10 years. Along the way, he created a vast network of professional relationships that quickly turned into friendships. He was truly a friend to all – he treated the restaurant waiter just the same as the company CEO. When you met Art, you knew you’d just made a lifelong friend, and, if you needed him, he’d drop everything to lend you a hand.
Volunteer work kept his days full – working PGA, LPGA, and USGA golf tournaments as a marshal, area captain, and chairman for over 40 years. He was also extremely involved in the Church of the Holy Spirit as a trustee, member of the finance committee, founder and organizer of the annual golf outing fundraiser, and head usher. In addition, he was very civic minded and led many campaigns to improve life for his neighbors in Quarry Acres as president of the homeowners association.
Art was an excellent golfer, as evidenced by his 2 hole-in-one’s proudly displayed in his home. His other interests included the Yankees and Lionel trains. One of Art’s many dreams was to walk a balloon down Fifth Avenue in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 2019, he fulfilled that dream.
In early 2020, Art retired. He and Sandy had a home built right off the 8th green of a beautiful golf course in Delaware. Art was truly living his dream. Every morning he woke up next to his wife of 34 years, played a round of golf (no matter the weather), continued to improve his Lionel train table, and had endless rounds of texts and calls to family and friends. He was looking forward to volunteering at two more golf tournaments this year. They had become even sweeter since he had been able to convince his wife to join him several years earlier.
Art, a loving husband, father, son and brother, leaves behind his wife Sandra Pizzuto, his daughter Laura Pizzuto, his mother Juliet Gloria Pizzuto, his father Arthur J. Pizzuto, and his sister Karen Pizzuto-Sharp, as well as his brothers-in-law Owen Sharp and Lucciano Diana, his sister-in-law Denise Diana, his nephews Marco and Nicholas Diana, and his godfather Gene Stendardi and wife Olga Stendardi. Not to mention his large extended family of cousins both near and far. Art was predeceased by his beloved uncle, Father Alfred Pizzuto, who put the first golf club in his hand, and his dear aunt and uncle, Camille Barbara and Carl Frusciante.
Visiting will be Friday, April 16th, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, in the Bronx. Family and friends who would like to attend the visitation virtually may click the following link at any time during the visitation hours Pizzuto Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at 10 AM at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 1969 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. Due to COVID restrictions, there is very limited seating. We ask for your understanding.
Please join our family as we remember Art’s contagious smile, social personality, warm laughter, and kind and generous spirit, which brightened all of our lives. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following charities in Art’s name.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
I will never forget Arties kindness to me while hospitalized at Mt Sinai hospital in NY. After surgery I could not reach my husband who also worked at a hospital and Artie called his sister Karen who patiently and diligently found my husband. Art was a gentle and sweet soul.and although I had not seen him in many years, I will never forget his kindness toward me.. Rest in peace Art.
Art was a true friend ,brotherlike, capable of fatherly advice, with college frat bother loyalty. To experience Art was to begin to unravel his Scared Soul. Art shared lots of stories and I will miss them . Volunteering at Golf Tournaments is where Art put me under his Wing eventually moving me thru the ranks to become my partner in Chairing LPGA ShopRite, USWomans Open and AreaTeam Fed Ex . Everyday was an adventure filled will Professionalism and many laughs… I have a Golf Ball Size Hole in My Heart that will be filled with all your memories .RIP Art
Play Well Enjoy Heavens Fairways and Greens . . .
I first met Art during one of the Barclays tournaments and worked with him at several tournaments as well as playing some golf. Truly a great and gracious man and he will be missed!
Art was one of my “golf uncles”. I truly looked forward to every single year coming together to work LPGA/PGA events together. He was always passing by to see which players golf ball I had collected that hour or checking in on me, always with a smile on his face. As I graduated college and was unable to participate in as many tournaments, Art would make sure to send me a quick text just to check in. When I graduated college I began my career with Macy’s; I would love getting the frequent text messages from Art asking if I had any luck to get him to be able to fulfill his dream as a balloon handler at the Thanksgiving Day parade. Nothing made me happier when I got that picture text message of him proudly carrying that balloon in the parade. Art was a wonderful person and will truly be missed.
First met Art at the original Barclay’s in Ridgewood. Always welcoming to us “newbies”, and he showed us through word and deed, how to be a team leader, care for his troops of volunteers, and above all eternally cheerful. We’ll miss him, but will feel his presence on the course.
I am honored to have met him and known him.
Rest in Peace.
Recently we became friends at Heritage Shores. We played together nearly every morning . He was one of the good guys. RIP Arthur.
I have fond memories meeting and working with Artie when I started work at Linde Homecare in Elmsford NY in 1979. Artie was almost always in a good mood, always had a good word to say and jokes, and had nick-names for most of us at the branch. We had a softball team and he nick-named me “Too Long”…..which stuck with many of the guys there and I eventually got a NYS license plate stating that. That was all due to Artie! He loved playing practical jokes as well. He really was a pleasure to work with. I stayed with Linde Homecare for almost 15 years. Arties dad, Art Sr,, was one of the best presidents of a company I ever worked for. Art knew everyone, talked regularly with everyone, was caring, compassionate, and just an all around great person. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree……so knowing Artie was to know his Father. When Linde became Lincare, Art Sr. retired, many things changed, people left…and eventually so did I. It was just not the same place anymore except for our VP, Frank Sullivan. Anyway, life goes on………Artie, you will be greatly missed by your family and friends. RIP my friend.
Art was such a great guy to volunteer with. He spearheaded our Las Vegas Night fundraiser for Holy Spirit on top of all the other thing he did for Holy Spirit Church, and I was on his committee and he always had everything under control and all with a big smile on his face. He was a born organizer and leader.
Jeff and I always enjoyed getting together with Artie and Sandy. Artie always had us laughing, especially when lovingly picking on his buddy Chris. It was apparent that Artie took pride in the all the work he did in the community. In the Jewish religion he was a true mensch… a stand-up guy, a person with the qualities one would hope for in a friend or trusted colleague. He leaves behind many cherished memories by all who new him. Our prayers and thoughts are with Sandy, Laura, and entire Pizzuto family.
Art and Sandy we just met as their across the street neighbors. We’re at #1 and they purchased #2 Waterside. Of course it was Covid challenging for all of us so we never made it inside each other’s homes. I was so looking forward to seeing Art’s train set-up and our brides, Susan and Sandy, were both members of the quilting club trying to figure out how to quilt on Zoom!! We had a little dispute with our HOA on construction clean-up near our homes and I was delighted to assist Art who lead the charge on behalf of our mutual neighbors. We got to play Bocce together with the old boys; that was fun too. Sandy’s a sweetheart and Art was a classy, thoughtful and enthusiastic member of our little community. He will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace my friend.
You will forever live within me.
COUSINS ARTIE SR. GLORIA , SANDRA AND LAURA , KAREN AND OWEN MY DEEPEST HEART FELT FEELINGS IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS. THE LOSS OF FR. ALFRED (SUNNY) PIZZUTO OF MOST RECENT IS DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND.
I WAS PLANNING TO HAVE A FRIEND DRIVE ME TO NEW YORK TO PAY MY RESPECTS WHEN I RECEIVED THE NOTICE HEREIN. SINCE MOVING MY TWO DAUGHTERS INTO NYC YEARS AGO, I HAVE NOT BEEN, NOR DO I CARE TO DRIVE IN THE CITY. MY FOND MEMORIES OF MY MOM AND DAD DRIVING AS A CHILD TO VISIT AUNT BETTY AND UNCLE ANGELO WAS ALWAYS A TREAT. DAD BEING A MASTER TAILOR MADE US WEAR OUR CUSTOM WOOL SLACKS ON A 95 DEGREE DAY ON ONE VISIT. I HATED HIM FOR IT NOR DID I EVER LIKE WOOL, SUCH A WONDERFUL MATERIAL. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF FR. SUNNY SITTING AT OUR KITCHEN TABLE AFTER MY TWIN BROTHER BOBBY AND I SERVED AT SUNNY’S LATIN MASS , SIDE ALTER , AT SACRED HEART IN VINELAND. I ASKED HOW DID WE DO SUNNY? HE REPLIED, NOT BAD:) EXCELLENCE ALWAYS BESTOWED THE PIZZUTO ‘S AS EVIDENCED BY THE COMMENTARIES HEREIN . SADLY IN A POSITIVE WAY THE COVID AND TELE COMMUNICATIONS HAVE ALLOWED ME / US TO BECOME CLOSER TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS VIA THIS MEDIUM.
Sincere condolences to Sandy, Laura and the Pizzuto family – I have learned more about Art’s kind, loving legacy through the memorial video, eulogy and comments. I met Art before he and Sandy moved from NY – families at QA remember Art and Sandy fondly. Karen was a warm host on Friday afternoon ZOOM for virtual visitation. Thank you.
I met Art just a few weeks ago when we played golf at Bear Trap Dunes on Maryland’s Eastern shore. We had a great time and Art shared many stories about his time with the PGA and LGPA. The stories were great and we had a great time. I am truly sorry I did not have time get to know him better. Rest In Peace Art. You will be missed.
i knew and grew up with artie the way that kids did back in those bronx days, 50 years ago. we went to different schools and we lived a few blocks away from each other, but when we got home, it was a quick snack, out the door, join your friends, and play stickball, or street football, or roller hockey, or whatever we could get done before the first mom would call one of us home for dinner.
atrie was just about the nicest guy, that i called friend. this is my strongest impression/memory of him. back then, even friends would argue or fight or push each other around, but, i never saw him argue with anyone. he was really a good soul.
life has a way of seperating two morris park youngsters, who were born in 1956, but i will always remember his friendly smile.
…he may have a been a good golfer, but as a kid, he was a hell of a hockey goalkeeper.