In Loving Memory of Paul L. Magnano

November 21, 1939
Manhattan, NY
September 08, 2019
Southport, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Our Lady of Pompeii Church

Mass of the Resurrection

25 Carmine Street,
New York,
NY 10014

Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:00 a.m.


Finale Borgo Cemetery

Finale Ligure,

No date included.

Family Gathering


Any U.S. Marine Corps Charity

Our Lady of Pompeii Church

25 Carmine Street,
New York,
NY 10014

Paul L. Magnano

Paul L. Magnano, 79, of Southport, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 8th 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his adoring wife, Margherita, and his beloved Italian family, his aunt, Angela Magnano, Anna & Michele Ferro, Paolo Magnano, Anna Maria D’Amico, Gianna & Gianfranco Fasce, and many Italian cousins and friends. He is also survived by his devoted sister-in-law Joanna Smith and her husband Jack, his brother-in-law Frank Picone, and his wife Manami, his nephews Matthew Smith, Travis & Carrie Smith and a great niece, Aubrey Lee Smith. His little black cat T.C. will miss him terribly.
He was born in Manhattan, lived many years in Greenwich Village, and was a graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn. His work was in the financial industry, he was one of the last of the “Old Wall Street Guys” with a career at Northwestern Mutual that spanned 45 years. He never called it work and had a computer in his lap 3 days before he left us.
Paul was a proud Marine, loved his country and was an unabashed Patriot. His Italian heritage was also important to him and he was a member of Tiro A Segno, New York. He loved to cook and the dining room in his home was always full of food and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to any U.S. Marine Corps Charity or Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Greenwich Village.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Our Lady of Pompeii, Greenwich Village on Saturday, September 28th at 11AM.
His ashes will be interred at the Family Mausoleum in Finale Ligure, Italy.
A Connecticut celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

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13 Guestbook Entries for Paul L. Magnano

  1. Paul was a friend and a good man. We will miss him terribly and we are grateful to him for all his good advice throughout the last almost 40 years. He stood strong and wise but tender to his beloved wife Margherita. Through the years, we developed a bond of friendship that extended to the entire family. My daughters Lia and Lidy, when they were kids, frequently stayed at Paul’s and Margherita’s upon returning from their summer camps. He was affectionate to his Italian heritage and loved the Italian part of his family and was extremely proud (without, though, bragging about it) of his service in the Marine Corps. His demeanor was always calm and reassuring, benevolent, and perceptive. I remember vividly the sparkle in his eyes and the way he smiled when I happened to say something he disagreed with… He was a great man and I am honored to have been his friend. He will remain in our hearts and minds.

  2. The love Paul had for Marge was undeniable as any of us witnessed by looking into his eyes while he was gazing at her. We only met him recently, however, he touched our hearts and souls. He will be truly missed by all. God now has another true angel in his heavens.

  3. When I think of Paul I am reminded of this poem.
    The True Gentleman
    (John Walter Wayland – 1899)
    “The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds
    from good will and an acute sense of propriety
    and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies;
    who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty,
    the obscure man of his obscurity,
    or any man of his inferiority or deformity;
    who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another;
    who does not flatter wealth,
    cringe before power,
    or boast of his own possessions or achievements;
    who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy;
    whose deed follows his word;
    who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own;
    and who appears well in any company;
    a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”

    Rest in Peace, devoted husband of my dear friend, Marge and devoted friend to so many who knew you. You have run your race and finished your life here on this earth with courage and dignity. May you be with Our Lord and your beloved parents in Paradise. With our deepest sympathy to Marge and all of the Magnano/Picone family. Ann and Philip Carraher

  4. I first met Paul in the FDA office in Brooklyn NY in 1980. He issued several policies for me and I always felt he had my family needs in mind when recommending a product. We would meet in Manhattan after we moved to Maryland and he worked out of the Chrysler Bldg. Paul loved what he was doing and such a humble man. We shared our love of Italian food and culture. I never remember him complaining or expressing regrets. He will be missed.

  5. Paul has been a friend and confidant for over 50 years.
    We met on the trading floor of Loeb Rhoades, Hornblower & Co.
    Paul always remarked how I would be talking to him and 2 or 3
    traders at the same time. But when it came to Life Insurance we went into my office and I listened to his wise words. A true gentle man and someone Mary Jane & I trusted and grew to love as a friend. Peter

  6. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, Margarite and Joanne. He was a good man, husband and Uncle to Travis and Matt. May his soul rest in peace along with Frank and Lee. My sympathy to all Paul’s family
    Love, The Schneiders

  7. Although I knew of Paul’s disease, Margaret’s email surprised me and filled my heart with sadness.
    Paul has always been a good and kind person with me, more than helpful, always advising me for the best in the last 23 years. I met Him in Milano in 1996, introduced to me by a common friend (I still thank my friend today); in all these years I have always listened to Paul and he has never been wrong. Unfortunately I didn’t return His friendship as I wanted (and had to); my life has taken me elsewhere and the distance didn’t help me, now more than ever I am sorry.
    I remember with deep affection those pleasant meetings with Him at Finale Ligure and that time we met at Grand Central Station in NY: He already had begun his battle with cancer, but He wanted to come to NY anyway, making his usual (not short) trip from Southport; we had a pizza, He gave me his usual good advice, and we wished each other merry Christmas. It was December 23rd 2015.
    He loved his work, I have never heard him complain even at the time of his disease, and I will always remember Him especially for this reason.
    Thank you Paul for your friendship and generosity,

  8. Paul, you were a wonderful husband to my dear friend Marge, kind and generous. I know she was a wonderful wife to you as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I suspect right now she needs them more than you. With love, Marylisa Tencer

  9. Paul was a trusted financial advisor to me and my family for over 4 decades. I shall miss his friendship, his wisdom and sage advise.
    Condolences to Margherita and the extended family on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Semper Fi!

    Bill and Angela Kane

  10. Paul was a sensitive , strong and introspective man. Concerned and caring man. I experienced this as I went through my own challenges and eventual resurrection in my own life
    Margherita and I were old friends from Bishop Kearney HS. I always knew she was a sweet person but until I met Paul I never appreciated what a warrior she was. Margherita and Paul were a team. Paul is with the Lord but through Margherita he will always be with us I pray that he is now comfortable and without pain. And happy writing some ‘eternity’ policies

  11. I knew Paul from his days at Quantico. He was the ultimate gentleman and a true patriot and I always think of him on veterans day. It saddens me to read of his passing although his suffering is now over. May all your wonderful happy memories help his family through the coming times. My sincere sympathies to all his loved ones. Godspeed!