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John Paglia
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John Paglia, 85
Retired from NYPD, served in 6th Precinct
John Paglia, of Brielle, NJ, died Thursday, April 8, 2021. He was 85 years old. John was born and raised on Staten Island, NY. After graduating from Curtis High School, where he excelled on the baseball field, John joined the NYPD. He served 20 years, mostly in the 6th Precinct in Greenwich Village. John loved walking the beat down Bleecker Street, encountering all the different people who made the Village so vibrant in the 50s and 60s. Some of his favorite memories from that time were playing cards with Audrey Hepburn while she filmed Breakfast at Tiffany's, driving Muhammad Ali around the city, and working security at Woodstock. He was still recognized in the Village years after his NYPD retirement in 1977.
Actual retirement was not part of John's vocabulary. Even from age 12, when he set up bowling pins for tips at the Victory Lanes in Castleton Corners, John possessed a strong work ethic and business acumen. When he moved to the Jersey Shore in the 70s, he began renting out summer houses on Manasquan Beach. Over the years, he became the owner or partner in many iconic shore businesses, including the Seabreeze at Manasquan Beach, Foley's Liquors in Neptune, Bar Casablanca in Brielle, Leggett's Sand Bar in Manasquan, Gee Gee's at Manasquan Beach, JP's in Wall, Mahogany Grill in Manasquan, and the River House in Brielle.
John himself was a fixture at the Shore. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. When not at work in the summer, John always could be found on Manasquan's Main Beach soaking up the sun. Every year John would be honored to receive the first senior beach badge of the season. His permanent tan was further enhanced by winter months spent on Fort Lauderdale Beach with his wife and many friends from Staten Island.
John will be long remembered for his ever-present smile, his generosity, and his larger-than-life personality. Surviving him is Karen (Niekrash) Paglia, his beloved wife of 47 years; three loving daughters Christina Paglia Bischoff of Larchmont, NY, Lisa Paglia of San Diego, CA, and Jody Paglia Tanzman of Barrington, RI; two brothers William Paglia, MA, and George Paglia, NY; one sister, Helen LaPorta, NJ; and eight grandchildren Wyatt, Owen, Lia, Kaitlyn, Colin, Rylan, Beckett and Gemma Rose, whom he adored.
A celebration in John's honor will be planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
Published by Staten Island Advance on Apr. 14, 2021.
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To the Paglia family, my condolences. I played with John at Curtis HS as well as the last Tomkinsville Blue Jays state champion team. There is nothing sadder than losing a teamate even after all these years.
Bob Gilmour
Friend
April 15, 2021
John; made everyone feel like they were his best friend.
Armand Lembo
Friend
April 15, 2021
I was shocked to hear of johns passing !!! My condolences to karen and the girls as well as William,George ,Helen. Growing up around the corner from the Paglia family, was a cherished memory. Jack and Vickie Langell.
Jack and Vickie Langell
Friend
April 14, 2021
What a full life he led,imagine if everyone had alife like his. I ret in 1993
arnold roma
Coworker
April 14, 2021
Rest in peace John knowing you were loved, admired and will bevmiss by all who were fortunate to jnow you.
Larry and Fran Miceli
Friend
April 12, 2021
Condolences to the Paglia family. I first met John "Brown" when I was a young cop in Greenwich Village in 1969. Always had time for us young guys. He was one of the hardest working cops in the precinct right up until the time he retired. He could sure tell some stories. His ever-present smile and his infectious laugh filled the room. Made quite an entrance when arriving at our annual reunions in a stretch limo. I still can hear his voice. Rest in eternal peace John Brown.
Bill Solebello
Friend
April 12, 2021
Dear Karen and family. Midge and I are so sorry for your loss. Like John, I am in my 80's and we don't travel much so we won't be at O'Briens. John was a dear friend. I was the beach manager in Manasquan for 11 years and I can remember so vividly, John, Richie, Paul and the gang sitting just to the left of the Main 1 opening. In addition, he always made sure that my wife Midge had a very large wine glass on our Friday night visits to Leggett's. I have a picture of him at my home where we celebrated my 60th birthday. I will miss our dear friend so much. Stay safe. Gary Chapman
Gary & Midge Chapman
Friend
April 12, 2021
John Paglia was a great pal. So many memories back in the day. He was a great friend and will be missed. Keeping his family in prayer.
Kathleen Ferdon
Friend
April 12, 2021
Sorry to hear about John. I haven’t seen him in some time. He was one of the best. I met him at the Atlantic Club. We use to work out there. He used to work out religiously. He was in great shape. I’ve had dinner with him and his sister at Leggetts and he couldn’t do enough for you. He loved his family. If there’s a heaven he’s there. Rest in peace my friend.
Bill Bruno
William Bruno
Friend
April 11, 2021
Main beach will never be the same! I remember when I was very pregnant and had a little one in a stroller, I would drag the stroller back up the beach at the end of the day. He would always come running up to pull the stroller the rest of the way for me! He was one of a kind with a big heart ♥
Christine Balas
Friend
April 11, 2021
Sending love and prayers for all of you as you grieve . I remember you all from St. Denis School and Church. Wishing you blessings of peace in the days ahead.
Sister Luke

Sister Luke
Teacher
April 11, 2021
rest in peace john-you will always be remembered
christopher wiley
Acquaintance
April 11, 2021
My sincere condolences to his family & everyone who loved him & worked for him. He was a great supporter of the Manasquan PD and always appreciated. Rest In Peace John, you will be missed greatly.
Debbi Mansfield
Friend
April 10, 2021
Dear John, Thank you so very much for Casablanca! Many fond, fun memories of dancing and laughing. God bless your Family now and always, and Thank You for your Service (never knew you were a police officer!) Rest in Peace, and we'll see you in Heaven. "We are Family."
Eileen Day Cytryn
Acquaintance
April 10, 2021
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