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Pasquale 'Pat' Panaggio

Pasquale "Pat" Panaggio, a World War II veteran who worked for the state Department of Human Resources for more than two decades, died Sunday of cancer at his Towson home.

He was 89.

The son of a shoemaker and a homemaker, Mr. Pasquale was born and raised in Providence, R.I., where he graduated in 1940 from Rogers High School.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and completed pre-flight training. He later served in the Pacific Theater with the 20thf Air Force as a radio operator and gunner aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.

He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1946; his decorations included the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Mr. Panaggio returned to Providence and entered Brown University, where he earned a degree in 1951 in sociology. He later served as president of the Brown Club of Maryland.

In 1951, he went to work as manager of the Calart Flower Co. in Providence, where he remained until moving to Lutherville in 1963, when he took a job as purchasing manager for the General Register Co., a division of the American Totalisator Co.

He began working in 1965 as administrator of income maintenance for the state Department of Human Resources, and remained there until his 1989 retirement.

The longtime Towson resident was "proud of his Italian heritage," said his wife of 17 years, the former Arline Bond, and was active in numerous Italian cultural organizations.

He had been a grand trustee of the Grand Lodge of the Maryland Order of the Sons of Italy in America and remained a board member of the Appian Society until his death. He also had been president twice of the Italian American Civic Club on whose board he still served.

Mr. Panaggio was also a member of the American Society of Italians and Friends and was a member of the American Friends of Lafayette. He was an active member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville.

He was a former member of the Community Partnership Board of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore. He had volunteered at the Franciscan Center and was a former board member of Cooley's Anemia Foundation of Maryland.

Mr. Panaggio traveled extensively throughout Europe and had visited all 50 states.

"He was especially fond of a trip we took on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif.," his wife said.

Mr. Panaggio was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Also surviving are a son, David Panaggio of Fall River, Mass.; a daughter, Christin Cronan of West Warwick, R.I.; a stepson, George Johansen Jr. of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Lisa Bartmann of Denver and Connie Lisch of Baltimore; two brothers, Leonard Panaggio of Newport, R.I., and Ronald Panaggio of Chantilly, Va.; a sister, Corinne Petersen of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Edna Salciglia ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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