Ronald Anthony Pagnini Sr. 87, of Milford, passed away on Saturday December 5th at home with his beloved wife Phillie at his side as she held his hand and sang their favorite song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. Her unending devotion never waivered as she watched his health decline over the past 19 years after a stroke that occurred on December 5, 2001.
Ron was born on November 13, 1933 in Walpole, Massachusetts to Edillio and Anne (DiGregorio) Pagnini and was predeceased by his brother Robert F. Pagnini who he loved and adored.
At the young age of 14, he began working daily after school along side his father in the family owned business, The Music Nook, in downtown Milford. Being a successful businessman became his passion for a total of 54 years. He proudly instilled in each and every customer and his dedicated employees to “Enjoy Life More with Music”. Some considered him a Milford ‘treasure’, known for his warm smile, honest demeanor, and his vast knowledge of all things musical. He had a way of making you believe in yourself and there was always a lesson to be learned or taught by him.
He was a born leader and took enormous pride in leading the Milford High School Class of 1951 as President. He treated every classmate with love and respect and considered them extended family.
One classmate, Philomena Cardone caught his eye when she walked into the Music Nook for the first time. It was ‘love at first sight’! They became high school sweethearts and married five years later on June 25, 1955. They celebrated 65 years of marriage this past June.
Ron had a deep appreciation for the arts and he admired the work of N. C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth.
He encouraged his children to look for beauty in the world and to discover all that it has to offer. He was a collector of sports memorabilia, and so much more. He was excited to share his collections with his children and grandchildren.
In his younger years, he loved playing ice hockey, tennis and going fishing. He loved to travel whenever he had the opportunity, taking his children and grandchildren to Disney and Aruba, and his wife to Italy, Ireland, Morocco, and riding on the Orient Express. His family was his lifeline and his eyes spoke volumes and lit up with each and every visit.
As a downtown businessman, he became actively involved in civic organizations and was a founding member of both the Claflin Hill Symphony and the Milford Downtown Partnership as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, organizing the sidewalk sales days with live music that brought the town together. He supported the Milford Public School music programs as well as those in surrounding towns. Each year he could be counted on to volunteer his services to set up sound systems for the Milford High graduation ceremonies and Memorial Day programs.
He was a lifetime parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Milford.
With all that Ron experienced and accomplished in his lifetime, it was his love and devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family that was undeniable to all that knew him. He loved in a way that was gentle and endearing. In his last years he taught his grandchildren and great-grandchildren the most powerful and important lesson of all and that is the unending love and support of family is life’s most precious gift.
In addition to his wife Philomena (Cardone), he is survived by his children LuAnn Malnati and her husband Paul, Jayne Moynihan and her husband Pete, and Ronald Pagnini Jr. and his wife Maureen (Eplite), his grandchildren, Marla Baisley and her husband Lee, Luke Chiccarelli and his wife Lauren (Haskell), James Malnati, Janice Moynihan Forster and her husband Tim, Erin Moynihan, Patrick Moynihan, Jesse Pagnini, Victoria Pagnini, Quirina Allegrezza, and Luke Allegrezza, and great-grandchildren, Caleb Johnson, Ryder and Summer Baisley, Riley, Liana, Leo, and Lillian Chiccarelli, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Gratitude and heartfelt thanks are extended to Comfort Care and the many caregivers that treated Ron with love and respect during his lengthy illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main Street, Milford, MA (upper church). Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Milford MA. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water Street, Milford MA.
Note: Strict Covid protocols will be enforced at both the church and funeral home. These include wearing a face covering, social distancing of 6 feet, and no gathering indoors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 Saint Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 3810 www.stjude.org Oliva Fund for Cancer Care, 14 Prospect Street, Milford, MA 01757foundation.milfordregional.org/the-Oliva-fund-for-cancer-care/ Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, 208 Main Street, Suite 22, Milford, MA 01757 www.claflinhill.org