Anthony Pagano

Anthony Pagano

Friday, July 3rd, 1925 - Saturday, January 5th, 2019
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Pagano, Anthony (Tony) “Pop”
Tony Pagano, 93, of Egg Harbor Township, peacefully passed away at his daughter’s home in North Carolina with family by his side on January 5th, 2019.
Tony was born July 3, 1925 in Bargaintown, NJ. He grew up with two brothers and four sisters. As a kid he helped with farming.
When he was 17 years old, he applied to the draft board so he could serve in the US Marines during WWII. He was in the first wave of Marines to storm the beaches at Guam and then later in Okinawa, Japan. He served bravely but was wounded and shipped home on a hospital ship.
After he recuperated, he worked various jobs but while working in a lumber yard he was sent to school to learn the carpentry trade. He created Tony Pagano Builders and was known as a successful residential and commercial carpenter, builder and contractor for over 50 years.
He married the love of his life, Jeanette Pagano for over 50 years, and they raised three children; Tony Jr., Michael, and Terri Pagano.
Tony was one of the founders of the EHT Youth Organization in the 1960’s where kids’ athletics were promoted and he participated as a coach. He served 25 years as a member of the Bargaintown Fire Department. He and his wife owned and operated Deer Run Campground.
Tony loved fishing, hunting and racing. He sponsored both his boys in regional auto racing events sporting the Pagano Builders trademark. In his earlier years he would travel to the North Carolina outer banks for deep sea fishing vacations. He was an avid hunter and was a lifetime member of the Northfield Gunning Club. For many years, he would vacation with his family in Daytona, Florida where he was a season ticket holder for the Daytona 500 races.
In his later years, Tony fished aboard the “Duke O’Fluke” out of Somers Point, NJ five days a week in season. He was often written up in local papers as the “legally blind” veteran taking home the cash pot for the biggest catch of the day!
He will be remembered as an honest man, a faithful husband and a loving father and grandfather. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his two sons Tony (Terry) of EHT, Michael (Andrea) of EHT, his daughter Terri (Steven) of Carrboro, NC, and his grandchildren Kaitlyn (Nathan), Michael Jr., Ayden and Calem, his sister Margaret East and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Tony’s celebration of life service which will be held Saturday January 26th. Receiving of family and friends will begin at 10:00 am at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home in Northfield, NJ. The Celebration of Life service will take place at 11:00 am and a graveside military service will follow at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in Estell Manor.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Tony by taking a day to fish on the Duke O’Fluke asking if you can fish in Tony’s spot!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
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    Pastor James McCartney
  • Interment

    Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery
    109 State Blvd 50
    ESTELL MANOR, NJ 08319
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Private Condolence

Andy Pohl

Posted at 03:38pm
Tony, Mike, Terri, and family. Sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was a great person and I was glad to have known him and Jan. You three and your parents were great neighbors.

Laurie Mitzel Guerrieri and Dotty Mitzel

Posted at 02:20pm
What an amazing Man! He was a wonderful person and it was an honor to know him. His friendship with us was one that will hold a special place in our hearts. May he Rest In Peace and his family have comfort in the man, father, and legend he was for a life very-well lived. Love to you all.

Joanne and Ralph Pohl

Posted at 03:59pm
Tony, his dear wife Jan and his children were absolutely terrific neighbors. He was indeed a very good man. We appreciated his kindness and admired his integrity. I was unaware of his military service. Thank you, Hero, for protecting our country. Thank you for your friendship. Rest in peace and find comfort in the company of Jan. Our sincerest condolences to his family.

Posted at 12:54pm
I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my heroes, Tony Pagano. I was introduced to him by my father and was fortunate to live only a short distance away from his home. I would often ride my bike to Tony's and be treated to one of his many incredible life stories. Tony was a Marine. He served valiantly during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and survived the fierce fighting on Okinawa and a kamikaze attack while he was on a hospital ship. He is one of the two Marines in this famous picture of the battle. I will always remember sitting in his living room and enjoying his amazing stories. Tony was kind and an honorable man who loved his family deeply. He always told me how proud he was of his children. He was a true role model and was one of the reasons I joined the military. I am deeply honored to have known Mr. Pagano and to have been called a friend. You will not be forgotten Tony.

Rich Hall

Posted at 12:33pm
My sincere condolences to the Pagano Family on the passing of Tony Sr. He was a great person and family man that lived a great life. We will all miss his smile and his many offers to help others. RIP

Rich Hall

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