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Alfred Pagar, PaPa Al, 95 years young, passed away on Friday December 20, 2013 in New Haven after a short illness. Al was a resident of Tower One in New Haven, where he had many friends and was quite popular. He often entertained his table mates at dinner by playing the Harmonica and singing. He was an accomplished Harmonica player and was a former member of the South Florida Harmonica Band that toured South Florida and entertained many people for no charge. He often played the Harmonica and sang " Our Love Is Here To Stay" to his wife of 72 years, Arlene, who was the love of his life, and pre-deceased him just eighteen months ago.
Alfred enlisted in the Navy and served his country on a Destroyer Escort in the Pacific during World War II. He was a true Patriot and very proud of his service. He rarely ventured outside without wearing his "Navy" hat. His stories of growing up in New York City and World War II were amazing and always a joy to his children and grandchildren. Alfred was a Renaissance man. After returning from the War, with Arlene he opened a furniture store in White Plains, New York. From there he moved to New Britain, Connecticut to support his wife and children where he worked in several furniture stores. He studied at Aetna in Hartford becoming a life insurance agent. He earned several awards from Aetna for his performance and joined the million-dollar club his first year. Loving the furniture business taught to him by his father, he later opened Pagar's Furniture Center in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He became an instrument rated pilot and with his wife and friends traveled extensively throughout the East Coast in a single engine plane. He was an avid golfer and played well into his 90's. Later in life he took keyboard lessons, learned to read music and played the harmonica daily. He was a very interesting and intelligent man who never stopped learning.
Al is survived by his four children: Sheila Kerzner and husband Michael, Dr. David Pagar and his Valerie, Lois Ravage-Mass, Pamela Kennedy and husband Chuck. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Kerzner, Douglas Kerzner and wife Carolyn, Matthew Kerzner and wife Carrie, Julie Kerzner Keery and husband Brian, Amanda Pagar Wein and husband David, Dr. Joshua Pagar and wife Clara Barnhart, Dr. Dana Pagar and husband Jon Krasner, Erica Ravage Wright and husband Peter, Dr. Jessica Mass-Levitt and husband Jeff Levitt, Brett Ravage and husband Aaron Rosen, Daniel Mass and wife Jessica, Lindsay Ravage and husband Andy Schwartz, Jordan Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy and Rachel Kennedy and an amazing legacy of 21 great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Pearl, and brother, George and his sons-in-law, Stephen Ravage and Norman Mass.
PaPa Al was a kind and gentle man who was beloved by all who came in contact with him. While looking at his family at a party celebrating his 80th birthday he said that he felt as if he were the richest man on earth. He was truly a "Family Man". A man with a great sense of humor, character and integrity.
Funeral Services will he held on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT. Donations in memory of Alfred can be made to the Stephen Howard Ravage Memorial Fund at Congregation Beth-El in Fairfield, CT or to the Towers Foundation, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519.
Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home
88 Beach Road Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in Connecticut Post on Dec. 22, 2013