Paul Anthony Lagnese, 60, of Newtown, beloved husband and father, died March 8, at the Danbury Hospital, in the arms of his family. He succumbed after a long battle with cancer. He was a native of Fairfield, born in the Mt Vernon, N.Y., Hospital.
Mr Lagnese graduated in 1970 from Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. As a junior, he sang in the exchange choir performing in a concert in Burlington, Vt., and with the Hallelujah Choir at Lincoln Center. He graduated from Norwalk Community College with an associate degree in 1972. He then attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, where he graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. In 1988 he earned a certification for computer programming from the Computer Processing Institute in Bridgeport.
As a youth he was active as a member of the Fairfield PAL Rifle Club and the Fairfield PAL Drum and Bugle Corps. During high school he studied judo under Andy Kosch and attained a black belt, while earning several trophies.
He was an Eagle Scout and Junior Scoutmaster attending the 1969 Scout Jamboree in Farragut State Park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He and Troop 98 also hiked 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut as part of a badge program. He won the Order of the Arrow award and passed the senior life guard certification at Fairfield Beach.
Mr Lagnese spent roughly 30 years developing master carpentry skills becoming a finish carpenter/cabinetmaker. He started his own business in 2008, known as Paul Lagnese Fine Custom Carpentry.
He was an accomplished acoustic guitar player and played in St Viannis Church folk Mass, in Southport. In his later years, Mr Lagnese loved to kayak in his free time, and do woodworking, building furniture for his own home. His love and generosity to all who knew him will be sadly missed.
His loving wife Babette (Whitney) Lagnese and son Peter Anthony Lagnese of Newtown; stepdaughter Debbie Lee Malone of North Carolina; mother Gloria Marcantonio Lagnese of Fairfield; sister Glorianne Marie Lagnese of Waterbury; brother John Steven Lagnese of Biddeford, Maine, and other relatives survive Mr Lagnese. A brother, Gregory Philip Lagnese, and his father, Sam Ernest Lagnese, predeceased him.
A private service will take place Thursday, March 21, at the family home. There will be a public service to be announced within the next few weeks.