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Virgil Borrelli, a life-long resident of Yonkers, passed away on Nov. 23, 2012 at St. John's Hospital in Dobbs Ferry. Virgil was born in Italy, Provence of Cozenza, Town of Malito, to Saverio and Josephine Borrelli on March 26, 1923. Virgil first stepped foot on American soil in 1937 and was met by his brothers, Albert, Thomas, and Alfred; his sisters, Theresa and Angela; and his father Saverio. With the help of Theresa's husband Joseph Portanova, Virgil was hired at Yonkers Refined Syrups Co. He later embarked on his own using his extraordinary talents, skills, and stamina servicing, grooming and manicuring the grand estates of Northwest Yonkers. He served our country with honor during WW II in Germany. Following his discharge, Virgil returned to the States where he and his brothers, Albert and Alfred; together with his brother-in-law, John Amendola, began Borrelli Brothers. During the great blizzard of 1947, Borrelli Brothers was hired to remove the vast amounts of snow that paralyzed our City. They continued for many years in site development and construction. Virgil was a prominent figure in the old Seventh Ward and Café Puglia in Park Hill. He was an excellent soccer player both here and abroad, a champion bowler and bocci player and was a founding member of the Italian National Club that began in the basement of Guilo's restaurant. Virgil and his son, Saverio (Sam) sunk the first shovel for the groundbreaking and construction of the Italian City Club on McLean Avenue. Virgil served as Chairman of the memorable Church of St. Anthony Italian Feasts on Willow Street in Park Hill. Mr. Borrelli was the founder and president of Virgil Borrelli Contracting Company, Inc., a successful site development company throughout the State. Virgil was honored, touched and proud to see his grandsons, Virgil and Saverio, (Sam Jr.) carry on and become the third generation in construction and development. He is survived by his son, Saverio (Sam Borrelli), three grandchildren, Virgil, Saverio (Sam Jr.), and Virginia; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia, Alexa, Vincenzo and Marcarlo. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11 am at St. Ann's Church, Yonkers. www.FlowerFH.com
Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 12, 2012