YONKERS, N.Y. Jess Buzzutto touched the lives of many Yonkers residents with his kind, joyful and generous spirit, the Rev. David Lothrop said.
If there were more people like your brother Jess, the world would be a far better place, Lothrop told Buzzutto's brother and sister.
Family and friends gathered Saturday morning at Whalen and Ball Funeral Home to remember and celebrate Buzzutto , who became a beloved Yonkers icon known as the "Yonkers Leprechaun" because of his green attire.
The city of Yonkers declared Saturday Jess Buzzutto Day in memory of the late resident. Family members hung the proclamation and two photo collages near the guestbook.
Buzzutto, a 70-year-old retired computer programmer, lived on the corner of Nepperhan and Roberts avenues. He grew and maintained a meticulous garden and featured elaborate holiday decorations.
Buzzutto began dressing like a leprechaun and eventually garnered a Facebook fan page with more than 10,000 likes. He died Wednesday after battling illness.
Lothrop described Buzzutto as someone who loved and cherished his family and friends.
Jess truly was a very, very amazing person, Lothrop said. He had a great love of people in his heart.
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