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Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Felice Gennaro Maccagnano

March 28, 1929June 26, 2020
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Felice Gennaro Maccagnano - Peoria, AZ Born in Nardo (Lecce), Italy 3/28/1929 - 6/26/2020 Married 56 years (late) Catherine Maccagnano, survived by three children Vincent Maccagnano (Patricia), Michael Maccagnano (Sarah) and AnnMarie Polaco (Patrick). 8 grandchildren Jennifer, Michael Jr., Robert, Laurita, (late) Mark, Stephanie, Ashley, Julian and 2 great grandchildren Catarina and Michael. Many knew him as Felix but to all his many nieces and nephews he was Uncle Joe. He came to the United States after serving in the Italian Navy. He met the love of his life and never looked back. He made a beautiful and wonderful life for his family. Felix was in the barber profession for 60 years. He started in New York City and by the mid 1970's he moved to New Mexico and opened his own successful salon Caesars Palace. In 1993 he came to Arizona and continued to cut hair until retirement. He was a man of great faith and honor. Very involved and dedicated to his church life. He was a 64 year lifetime 3rd degree Deputy Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. 20+ years in the Holy Name Society and venerable of the Order of the Son's of Italy for 2 terms and a member of the Italian/American club. There was so much more it's hard to list. Felix loved nature but was all about his family and spending quality time together. It meant everything to him. He never asked for anything but love and respect. He knew so many people and was so very loved by everyone who knew him. So much that this day will have made an impact around the world. He was a feisty little man but large in life with a heart of gold. Many would say that he would take the shirt off his back to help make a difference in someone's life. I believe we would all agree. Although this is a sad day for us left behind. We are happy for Felice because we know that today he is free of his infermaties and is (as he would say) in "paradise" with the good Lord and his beloved wife. God Bless him always. We love you dad! Que sera- sera what will be, will be. Arrivederci Roma!

Services

9 July

Funeral Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

6180 W Utopia Road
Glendale, Arizona 85308

9 July

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85027

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Christopher Abrahall

July 8, 2020

Uncle Joe, There isn't enough space to share my memories , such great memories. From the time i was a little tike to my last visit, you are always in my fondest memories. I will always remember how you took a good ribbing! I'll always remember how you made me me laugh, how you cut my hair(lol), Caesar's Palace, the house in Brentwood. You and Aunt Katie when you came here in 2006. Your love for family, my kids" love of your time here, our time together a few years ago.. You were the best of the best. You could strike up a conversation with anybody and they immediately loved you. I am sorry I couldn't say goodbye. You will always be in my heart, and my greatest memories. I love you. RIP Uncle Joe. One of the Greatest Men in my life. God Bless

Kevin Martin

July 7, 2020

Dear Uncle Joe, what can I say? So much more than the 2000 character limit here will allow. So, I will just hit the highlights. You taught me how to play bocce in your backyard in Rio Rancho. We played every New Year's at your house and countless more occasions. And, when you and Aunt Kay moved to Surprise, we continued to play on your back yard court. You had an amazing minivan that you stated could travel from your house to Laura's house in Chandler in only 45 minutes (pre-completion of Loops 101, 202, and 303). You cut my hair from probably birth until high school. You took me with you to Chicago and Holy Hill (with grandma and grandpa) on a 3-4 week road trip. You welcomed Sue into the family like she was born into it. You always had wine, which helped you entertain the rest of the family by fighting with grandma (sometimes in Italian) every holiday!! You love your family, and all the additional people that we have made family members…and there are a lot. I know you are back with Aunt Kay and you have probably already started a fight with her and grandma since it took you so long to catch up with them. Uncle Joe, we all love you and you will be dearly missed. Kevin

Mike Maccagnano

July 6, 2020

Daddy,
As I sit here and recollect my life, you have been my dad, my hero and my best friend!!! You always had my best interest at heart even if I did not agree and that was many times as a child. You are the absolute perfect example of what a father should be. When it was time to have compassion you did, when it was time to be a proud parent you were the proudest, when it came time to be firm, you were and always told me this hurts me more than it hurts you, and when it came time to be a friend you were my best friend. We laughed, we cried and we always had a few and always told each other I love you before we parted our ways. I know you did from the bottom of your heart.. I am hurting now dad and I miss you beyond imagination, you put your total trust in me and it made me proud beyond words to be your son. I love you and I will miss you but I look forward to seeing you again!!! RIP Daddy
Your son,
Mike

Laura Lane

July 4, 2020

I have so many memories of uncle Joe, but as I thought of him over the last week I realized a common theme; his generosity and love of family. I remember when Aunt Kay would baby sit me when we still lived in NY and uncle Joe actually seemed big and scary, but what I remember more was when we first moved to NM. He took in my whole family until we could find a place of our own. He was always like that. Opening his home, sharing his food, his time and even offering to cut your hair. Through the years we shared many holidays at each others homes and it was always loud, boisterous and more times than not there was some kind of argument. But their was also hospitality, incredible food, a game of cards and love. Enough love for all of us. I will miss this man very much and hope he's up there with Aunt Kay and my grandparents playing poker and arguing about who's cheating. Love you uncle Joe. Rest in peace.

Roseann Jones

July 3, 2020

We will never forget Uncle Joe. Many, many years ago when I was just a kid I tried talking to him in Italian (dialect Italian) which I had learned from my grandparents. I'll never forget he told me that it wasn't real Italian language I was speaking!! Another time he and Aunt Kay were taking me to the movies in Brooklyn (again I was just a kid and don't remember if they were even married at the time. We were walking from my grandparents house and a bolt of lightning hit the ground pretty close to us. "We gonna go home" even though I wanted to go to movie!! He was such a good man and loved his family with that big heart. Going to miss you Uncle Joe.

Brian Philipbar

July 3, 2020

Mike, My family is sorry to hear of your loss. Many good memories hanging out with your Dad. He will be missed. May he be in peace with the Lord. Brian Philipbar

Yolanda Martin

July 1, 2020

Felipe was my uncle. As kids, we always called him “Uncle Joe.” He was a wonderful family man. As a family, we had many backyard cookouts and celebrated holidays together. One Thanksgiving he took us to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I’ll never forget it. It was the only time I got to see it. Every Christmas, Uncle Joe wore his red vest and enjoyed a great meal along with his favorite wine always keeping the table conversation lively.. I glad to have so many great memories of him. Uncle Joe, you will be missed.💜

Vince Maccagnano

July 1, 2020

Dad, I have many memories to share during my 68 years of life. I remember the first 9 years of my life growing up in Brooklyn. Every Sunday we would dress up, shirt and tie with a fedora attending mass at St. Finbar's Church. Hanging out with you at The Holy Name breakfasts once a month. Going to Manhattan Beach on summer weekends.
In 1961, we moved to Brentwood and built a relationship there, working together around the house on Sunday's. When I was old enough at the age of 15, Saturdays we went to Tam O'Shanter, you to cut hair and I caddied. Also, the many family road trip vacations that began such as Niagra Falls, Washington DC, and of course the beach on days we did had no work to do. You were always there for your 3 children.
Then, in 1971, I left for college in Southern Illinois. You always were in contact with me to see how things were going. I will never forget when you came down to visit, you could not believe how friendly the midwest is and the good country cooking at Ma Hale's Restaurant.
In Southern Illinois, I met the love of my life, Pat, and a few years later in 1976 our family began to extend when we were married. Dad, you danced so much at the wedding. we all could not believe you never sat down.
In 2011, you became the proud Grandfather of Dr. Jennifer Maccagnano. What a great moment we shared. We love you Dad, and we miss both you and Mom. RIP and God bless.

Rita Gaitan

July 1, 2020

Sweet Nono Rest In Peace You will be missed so much by your family and friends thank you for always putting a smile on my face and creating good memories that your family and friends will never forget. I know you will always watch over them until you meet again ❤️Prayers of peace comfort and understanding of Gods plan to guide your family through this difficult time .

Daniel Cdebaca

July 1, 2020

Anna Marie, My heart felt condolences to you! My Prayers are with you and your family! I can’t imagine your loss of your Dad... (Daddy’s Girl) I didn’t have any sisters only brothers. What can I say your Dad was awesome! God Bless You!

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