Anthony R. Pagano, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 15, 2019 at JFK Medical Center Edison. He was born in New York City on Mulberry Street in Little Italy. He was known as “Tony Bouncer” due to his position as bouncer in the neighborhood social club. He volunteered for the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, traveling to and working in Nevada, during which time he started his career as a boxer. After finishing his time in the CCC, he returned to New York City and married the love of his life, Lucy Chiarello. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the US Army to proudly fight for his country during WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater. Anthony moved his family to Menlo Park Terrace, NJ in 1955. He worked tirelessly for many years as a truck driver, spending the last part of his career as a transportation manager for Anchor Motor Freight in Linden for 15 years, retiring in 1986. He was a faithful member of the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison NJ for the better part of his Christian life. Anthony was an amazing person, who devoted his life to his family as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
Anthony was predeceased by his loving wife Lucy Pagano, father Frank Pagano and his brothers Vincent and Ralph Pagano. Surviving are his children Carolyn Hart, Frank Pagano and wife Mary Ann, his grandchildren Lisa, Michelle, Debbie, Donna, Anthony, and Gina, also 11 great grandchildren Nicole, Robert, Amanda, Jessica, James, Marissa, Kaitlyn, Alexa , Gia, Frankie, Samantha, and 1 great-great-grandchild, Gianni. Also surviving is his sister Caroline Cuomo.
Visitation will be Monday June 17, from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Gosselin Funeral Home, 660 New Dover Road, Edison. Funeral Services Tuesday June 18 at 10 AM at the funeral home followed by Entombment at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery.