Saccoccio, Woodrow “Woody”

Woodrow “Woody” Saccoccio, 99, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Carolyn (Wollenberg) Saccoccio, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 12th, 2017. Born January 3rd, 1918 in Bristol, he was the son of the late Ferdinando and Giovanna Sciola Saccoccio.
Prior to retiring, he was a Machine Tool Designer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft / United Technologies Corporation for 35 years. Woody was a noted musician in the area for many years. He taught music at the Warehouse Point Orphanage and led his own 23 piece “swing band” orchestra where he enjoyed playing the saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet and piano. He had the distinction of being invited to audition for the Marine Corps Band (aka the “President’s Band”) in addition to playing with a few professional Big Band musicians including, Merritt Trott.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Holly Jen and Dr. Kim Pershall of Lubbock, TX, his son and daughter-in-law, Woodrow “Chip” and Mary W. Saccoccio of Avon and four grandchildren.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Aug. 19) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by Graveside Funeral Services at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Contributions can be made to Riverfront Recapture, 50 Columbus Boulevard, 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Calling Hours

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9:00-10:30am

Funeral Service

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00am ~ Riverside, Cemetery in Farmington


Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

Riverfront Recapture, 50 Columbus Boulevard, 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 or Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106

4 Responses to 'Saccoccio, Woodrow “Woody”'

  1. Steve Deming says:

    Dear Chip & Holly,
    Sue and I send our deepest condolences to your families during this loss. There are people and places, which define childhood happiness, that resonate with us despite both miles and years. Woody was a smiling, shining example of a respected father and neighbor, indeed one of those memorable people.

    May grace and peace beyond all understanding be yours now and always.

  2. Louise Legowski says:

    Dear Holly & Chip,

    My dad, John Legowski, remembers Woody and wishes to send you his condolences.

    We were remembering today that your mom and my mom, Bruna Bonini, were friends at FHS (and that you and I, Holly, were in the FHS production of The Haunting of Hill House together).

    We are so sorry for your loss and wish you peace and strength.


    • Holly Tyson Pershall says:

      Hi Louise.
      Thank you so much for your kind words. My brother and I truly appreciate them. I remember how extraordinary it seemed that the daughters of two very good friends shared being in a play together.
      My father will be missed by all who knew him. Especially his family. I am sorry he missed seeing his first great grandson who will arrive in a few weeks

      Fond regards,

  3. June Clark says:

    Dear Holly and Chip,
    Jerry and I want to offer our condolences to you all. Neither of us will be able to attend the funeral. We want you to know that we remember Uncle Woody
    so fondly. Jerry especially remembers his music and showing off his instruments with pride. June especially remembers all the stories he told when she was a child and how he was respected at Pratt & Whitney. He was always so gentle and kind to us. We wish you all peace and comfort and may your memories always make you smile. Love Cousins, June Wilson Clark and Jerry Wilson.

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