|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1950, USA|
|Death: ||May 7, 2010|
Philip Pagano, age 60, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, esteemed executive director of Metra for 20 years, has left behind many who admired his dedication to the agency and its employees, and his beloved family.
In addition to his dedication to leading the country's second largest commuter rail system, he served on various community and industry boards and committees. Last month, he was recognized for his devotion to supporting diversity initiatives and minority rights when he received the Gospel Tribune's 2010 Keeper of the Dream CEO of the Year award. His love for golf was exceeded only by his love for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Gee); his daughters, Colleen (Rick) Buck of Bartlesville, Okla., and Jennifer (Edward) Heiser of Chicago; his granddaughter, Gianna Rose Buck; his father, Louis A. Pagano of North Babylon, N.Y.; and his sister, Anne Marie of North Babylon, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Silvestro.
The visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation; Breast Cancer Network of Strength; or Northern IL Girl Scout Council.
Visit davenportfamily.com, where online condolences can be left for his family.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411. Published in the Northwest Herald on May 10, 2010
Statement from Metra's Board of Directors:
"It is with great sadness that we report the passing this morning of Philip A. Pagano.
Phil served this agency with distinction for many years. Today, we shall remember the good work he achieved with our board of directors and the men and women of Metra. He was dedicated to our passengers and he always considered the men and women of Metra his family and there is a tremendous sense of loss within the agency.
We shall remember him as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who loved his family more than anyone. Our deepest sympathies as well as our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and all those who loved him."
Created by: Breadlady45 from Chicago
Record added: May 07, 2010
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