Adolph F. Pagano
December 19, 1913 – March 27, 2015
Adolph Ferdinand Pagano was born December 19, 1913 and passed away peacefully on March 27, 2015 at his home in Westlake Village, CA. Adolph was one of eight children. He was born in The Bronx, New York to Italian Immigrant parents Eugene Basile Pagano and Anna Marie Marino. After high school, his love for music inspired him to become a band leader. Using the name Al Simon and Band, he often played at Grossinger’s in the Catskill Mountain Resort. He himself played 5 instruments. His father moved the family to Pittsburg, PA, where Adolph attended Duquesne University to study medicine. When his father was offered the position of CEO with May Co on the west coast they moved to Los Angeles. Having left school, Adolph became a furrier. While living in Los Angeles, Adolph became interested in boxing and won several amateur titles. In January of 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy where he attended Radar Radio Operator School and Aerial Gunner School. As a radio man he flew many missions, evacuating the wounded and extracting American Service men from abroad. In January 1946, he was honorably discharged and awarded a WWII Victory Medal; good conduct medal and 3 stars for his service. Adolph always said he was proud of his service to his country. After leaving the service, Adolph, along with his twin brothers, Alfred and Eugene, opened Pagano’s Hair Salon, which became the Salon to the stars ‐ their clients included Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, just to name a few. They were famous for creating the Platinum Blonde for Jean Harlow, and the hair style for Disney’s Barbie Doll. During the Pagano Salon years, Adolph was offered the position of Vice President with Revlon and, after much consideration, turned down the offer. He went on to create, with much success, Lacquer spray and Sparkle Wings for hair and pink parfait nail polish. He founded the Hair Guild and started Hair Shows as we know them today. Thirty years later, along with his nephew Jon, Pagano’s Hair Salon became Jon Peter’s Hair Salon. Their combined fame still resonates today. In 1948, he married June Drew and together they had five daughters. A few years later he married Marsha Marcoe and they remained together for 15 years. Adolph had a love for golf and in his retirement played several times a week. Often his foursome consisted of his good friends, Michael Ansara, Jamie Farr, Tom Bosley and, on occasion, even Mickey Rooney. As Adolph was approaching his 90’s, he was the only golfer on the coarse that was allowed to drive his cart up to the green. However, always the proud man, he mostly walked. After he began to experience discomfort in his knees, Adolph’s golf game changed to a putting carpet in his garage. In 2012, he sold his home on Westlake Island and moved into an assisted living where he had his own small apartment. It was time to let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and laundry. Adolph is survived by his brother Alfred and daughters Pennie Spain, Debbie Polisky (Rick), Susie Wald (Craig), Therese Kassan (Alan), Chris Pagano; grandchildren Jamison Malone (Steve), Cameron, Ryan (Jordan), Blake (Lauren), Courtney, Drew, Alexandra, Kacey, Lane, Callie, great grandchildren, Makenna, James, Tanner, Brooklyn, Kayden. He was preceded in death by his Father Eugene and Mother Anna, brother Eugene and Sisters Josie, Jessie, Helen, Ruth and Anna.
In Leiu of flowers the Pagano family requests donations be made to the Veterans Hospital in Adolph's name
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Adolph F. Pagano
December 28, 2015
Warren and I were so sorry to hear about Adolph's passing we were neighbors for years and had lots of laughs . Our children Pam. Robert and Lisa send their best wishes to you all Our love to you all Ruth
May 3, 2015
So sorry to hear about your Dad and my God father. No one told me. My prayers our with you all.
Love you all Genene Overland (831)345-1948
April 30, 2015
I shall miss you buddy, my girls & his went to school together.
April 5, 2015
I highly respected him and loved him as the best boss anyone could ask for. Worked at Jon Peters and Alan Edwards as one of seven manicurists. Worked with Helen as the master of the front desk. Visited him after he retired to west lake. He will be greatly missed and in my heart for years to come. My condolences to the family!,,
Gail Perry Slaughter, Sherman Oaks,Ca.
April 2, 2015
Adolph, the love of my life, loved deeply and authentically. I am completely blessed by the years we shared together. I was so happy being the step- mother to his beautiful daughters and over the moon with my role as Jamison's Grandma Marsha.
Adolph and I never stopped loving each other and spoke often about the gift of knowing and loving each other. I hold so many beautiful memories that his passing cannot take away. The memories comfort me and at times fill me with deep sadness.
I see his love and generous caring spirit in each of his daughters and grandchildren. He continues to live on in their lives.
His last words to me were words he said often. I love you My Marsha. You will always be My Marsha.
Rest in Peace my love. I will never stop loving you.
March 31, 2015
To a man I respected so much... I will miss you so much at Sunrise <3
March 30, 2015
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 extend their deepest condolences to the family of our Comrade in Arms, Mr. Adolph Pagano, a USN World War Two veteran. Rest in peace.
Post Service Officer
March 30, 2015
A wonderful, kind man who raised 5 daughters with so much love.
With much love, Wendy Morrison
Jeff Bond (Noosbond)
March 29, 2015
I had so much respect for Adolph , he taught me so much about dealing with people in my business when I was young. I think about certain things he said to me even today. I will see you and my dad again.......
March 28, 2015
Adolph was one of the most loving, generous, caring and interesting men I know. He has left a huge hole in my life with his passing. I will miss his phone calls, calling me Dahling. It was such a privilege to be part of his life. I will miss him. Love to his family, Linda (Marcoe) VanderKolk
March 28, 2015
Adolf lived a very interesting life, and sometimes he talked about it, but mostly he was interested in learning about people. He would look you in the eye, hold your hand, and wait to hear everything you had to say. He had tremendous capacity to love, tenderly and without judgement. He was very special and Therese and her family are very lucky to have such a wonderful man in their lives so many years.
March 28, 2015
Your father was the rock and the joy in all your lives...he will be greatly missed,
Much love to all of you,