Jose-Pagan-Obituary

Jose Pagan

Obituary

PAGAN, Jose A., 76, of Sebring, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at his home. He was born

May 5, 1935, to Cruz and Tomasa (Rodriguez) Pagan, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and had been a resident of Sebring since 1999, coming from Puerto Rico. He was a Major League Baseball player for 19 and a half years, first with the San Francisco Giants from 1959-1965, the Pittsburgh Pirates 1965-1972 and 1974-1978 and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1973. He was elected to the Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame, selected as best Shortstop of the 1960 decade for the San Francisco Giants, member of the Caguas Sports Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. He was of the Christian faith, attended church in Sebring as a member of God's universal body. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Luz D. Pagan of Sebring; sons, Jose A. (Milagros) Pagan Jr. of Newington, Conn., and Jose R. (Judy) Pagan of Saint Cloud, Fla.; brothers, Angel M. Pagan, Israel Pagan and Luis F. Pagan, all of Puerto Rico; six grand-children; and four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Stephenson-Nelson, with entombment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Avon Park, Fla., immediately following. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson

Funeral Home

Sebring, FL 33870

(863) 385-0125

www.stephenson

nelsonfh.com

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One of the first major baseball games I attended with Don & Bea Rood was to watch Jose in a Giants game....fond memories of sitting with his wife and Clyde King's daughter.....one on either side of me....an exciting game. I miss these loved ones but will see them again....

I will never forget the first time I met Jose and Delia. It was on a whim that I helped my mother write a letter and dropped it off to his hotel in Los Angeles. I was told he and my father had grown up together. It was the best surprise for my father, Angel Marchand y Rios. They played baseball in a dirt field of Barceloneta as children.
My father has never forgotten that day...the day they were able to rebound and relieve their childhood. Tio Jose gave my father a great gift that day, a...

Jose was our family friend in Bradenton, Florida when I was a boy. He missed his family in Puerto Rico, and spent his time with our family when at training camp. He gave me my first baseball glove. His signature is still on the back. He always gave me countless bats, balls,and memorabilia signed by his team mates. I was the only kid I knew that had a major league baseball player for a friend. He taught me to throw in my backyard. He always left tickets at will call in case we could make the...

When I was a kid admire Jose Pagan because he always do his job in silent.
Today I know he was a christian man and that makes me happy because he is in the real all star hall of faith.

we feel for all of you. meeting him was a joy and we will always remember him. If at all possible we would love a picture of him for our memory wall at the pizzaria. you are all in our thoughts and our hearts. Roger and Daryl at Roserios

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Truly a god man lived to express god and live god he preached the gospel and I was introduced to the church life .


Thanks for the wonderful memories.
With sympathy.