In Memoriam – Peter John Woodcock

In Loving Memory of Peter John Woodcock
A Dedicated Public Servant

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Peter John Woodcock.


In loving memory of Peter John Woodcock, a dedicated and tireless public servant who spent 37 years serving communities and WCAMPWA through his unwavering commitment to Public Works. Peter was a founding member of WCAMPWA and his contributions to the association were the foundation to our success.


We commit to carrying forward his legacy of excellence and service in Public Works, ensuring that his contributions are never forgotten.


If you wish to make a donation in his name, please see below:


HeartBrothers Foundation

225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 200

Marlboro, MA 01752



Yorktown has lost one of their very young highway workers, Jake Arcara, on September 14, 2022.

He has been working for the Town of Yorktown Department of Public Works since 2017. He was appointed Motor Equipment Operator in April 2022.

Jake was a Lakeland High School graduate, class of 2011. Jake was engaged to be married next year, he was a brother, an uncle, a son and a friend to all who knew him.

His wake will be held at Clark Funeral Home on Monday, September 19th 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shrub Oak on Tuesday, September 20th at 10am.

The Yorktown Highway Department will be setting up a memorial in Jake’s honor.

The family is collecting funds to help with any expenses the family will now incur due to the accident, including funeral and memorial costs. Any and all donations will help, as losing Jake was a sudden loss. GoFundMe page-

IN MEMORIAM: Nestor Lassic, Village of Briarcliff Manor DPW Sanitation Worker

Nestor Lassic, Village of Briarcliff Manor DPW Sanitation Worker

On Tuesday April 26, 2022, Nestor Lassic experienced a medical emergency and passed away while on duty.  

Since 1991, Nestor was a dedicated and  long time sanitation worker who valued hard work and companionship among his co-workers.  Over his time with the Village, he had many positive interactions with the residents and was beloved by all.  The patriarch of his family, he never hesitated to help those in need.  Nester was a beloved and respected husband, father, grandfather and friend. His wife Sandra, children and many grandchildren survive Nestor and his spirit will live on through themThe family has established a “Go Fund Me” account to help raise money for a proper send off and goodbye the way he deserves. Any donation is appreciated.

To offer assistance to Nestor’s family please use this link:

IN MEMORIAM – Bob Matarazzo

February 25, 1951 ~ July 5, 2020 (age 69)

Former WCAMPWA Member Robert “Bob” Matarazzo, of Southport, NC, went to be with God on July 5, 2020. He was born on February 25th 1951 to the late Nicholas and Gloria (DiBenedetto) Matarazzo.

Bob, the most devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, is survived by his wife, Irene (Ferrara) Matarazzo; sons, Robert Jr, Michael and Alexander Matarazzo; daughter, Lauren Matarazzo; daughter-in-law, Nayi (Oliverios) Matarazzo; granddaughter, Mackenzie Matarazzo; his faithful dog, Luna, his sister, Anne Sullivan and husband Steve Sullivan, his three brother-in-law’s; Leonard Ferrara and wife Angela, Thomas Ferrara and his wife Florence, John Ferrara and his wife Roseann, as well as a large extended family of 12 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Iona College, Bob worked for Westchester county’s Department of Environmental Facilities for 31 years, where he climbed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner. He went on to work for Malcom Pirnie and was promoted upon their acquisition by Arcadis to Senior Associate. Most recently Bob held the title of North-East Business Development Manager with Arcadis.

Bob faithfully and tirelessly devoted his life to his community and was a devoted asset to New Fairfield Board of Education, New Fairfield Little League, New Fairfield Lions (past president and Melvin Jones recipient), Knights of Columbus (Sacred Heart), Moose Lodge, Oak Island Elks and Southport Lions (past president). His willingness to volunteer is truly a testament to his generosity.

Said best by his close friend, Don Cleary;

“Bob was a dedicated and longtime member of the New Fairfield Lions Club in New Fairfield, CT serving as its President 1995-96 and on the Board of Directors. You would often find Bob chairing many of the club’s projects and fundraisers, Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade, the annual Car show, Senior’s Picnic, Breakfast with Santa, as well as many committees. He was inducted as a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in recognition of Bob’s commitment to serving the world community. He was also awarded a Knight of the Blind by the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation as well as Lion of the Year.”

Bob had the natural talent and personality to make friends no matter the situation and his jokes were infectious to those around him. His congenial personality came from his deep faith and love of God. He attended St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield and was an active member of Sacred Heart in Southport, NC. Bob’s devotion to his spirituality was an inspiration for how he lived his life. A man of many words and stories, some factual and others not so factual, that would draw out lackluster conclusions. A man of true integrity. An avid Yankee fan. A man with simple taste, Bob was truly a humble man whose impact will forever be felt by the family that loves him dearly and knows that they will see each other again. He was a selfless man whose passing has left a hole that only he can fill. His ability to love, sacrifice, provide, support and forgive will forever be lessons to all he knew.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

A church service and interment will take place at Basilica of Jesus and Mary, 168 Hill St, Southampton, NY, 11968 at a later date. A celebration of Bob’s life is planned at a later date in both Westchester, NY and Southport, NC.

Donations can be made to: Southport Lions Club, PO Box 10187, Southport, NC 28461, ( or to New Fairfield Lions Club, New Fairfield Ct, (

Online condolences are encouraged and may be sent to the family at


Southport Lions Club
PO Box 10187, Southport NC 28461

New Fairfield Lions Club
New Fairfield CT 06812


Thomas J. Lauro, Former WCAMPWA Member and Commissioner of Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities and resident of Tarrytown, NY passed away on April 22, 2020 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen O’Connor Lauro, his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jackie Lauro and his daughter and son-in-law, Katelyn and Erik Dier, his grandchildren Tommy, Lucy and Chris Lauro and his mother Irene Lauro. Tom was born in Brooklyn to Vito and Irene Lauro and grew up in Valley Stream, NY. He was a graduate of Manhattan College, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Environmental Engineering. He served in the New York Army National Guard from 1972 to 1978. After working as a consultant, Tom joined Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities in 1980 and served as Commissioner from 2007 to 2017 before retiring. He was also actively involved in the New York Water Environment Association, a non-profit dedicated to protecting our precious water resources. Tom believed deeply in the importance of that mission. He was an avid NY Mets and NY Jets fan, loved golf and served as a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Transfiguration Parish in Tarrytown. He raised awareness and funds for Concern Worldwide ( a non-profit that helps our most vulnerable global citizens. A loving husband, father and proud grandfather, Tom’s great sense of humor, kindness and ability to fix just about anything will also be missed by his large extended family and his many treasured friends. He will be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in a private service due to the current environment however a Memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

“IN MEMORIAM” Charles (Charlie) M. Schumacher

April 26, 1933 – December 11, 2019

WCAMPWA Life Member and retired Civil Engineer for Westchester County Department of Public Works.

Mr. Schumacher was born in White Plains and was a long-time resident of Ossining.

He graduated from Horace Greeley High School and the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains.

He was a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy Seabees Reserve for 44 years.

“Charlie” was the Superintendent of Road Maintenance for the Westchester County Department of Public Works from 1975 to 1995. His leadership established a standard of excellence that is a model for all public works departments in the county.