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Richard 'Dick' A. Gagliardi
January 25, 2024
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Richard ‘Dick’ A. Gagliardi, 83 passed away Thursday, January 25,2024 at Auburn Community Hospital, surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness.
He was a life resident of Auburn, the son of the late Pasquale and Ernestine (Linfante) Gagliardi. Dick was an army veteran, serving our country proudly during the early 1960’s. He retired as lieutenant from the Auburn Fire Department, after more than 30 years of service. Dick was the former owner of Gagliardi Real Estate and the South Street Mini Mart. He was a proud member of the Purple Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps and helped reform the group in 2008.
Dick loved Auburn and was committed to giving back to the community. His pride and joy was the Veterans Memorial Park - Home of the Auburn Babe Ruth, which he was instrumental in developing back 1984. In recent years, he was working arduously to help renovate the park into baseball and softball fields, while also constructing multiple monuments to honor our veterans. We hope his dream will someday be complete.
He was an avid Syracuse University sports fan and enjoyed watching many of his children and grandchildren’s events.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jackie (Colavito) Gagliardi, two sons Rick (Gina) Gagliardi, Tom Gagliardi, three grandchildren, Sam, Mike, Gianna, a special sister-in-law Johnnie Pastore, brother-in-law Rick (Cathy) Colavito, several nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved canine friend, Lucy. In addition to his parents, Dick was also predeceased by a brother-in-law Frank Pastore.
There are no services at this time.
A memorial celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider keeping his dream alive and donate to the Veterans Memorial Park, PO BOX 911, Auburn NY 13021.