ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The man was a St. Louis institution.
You’ve seen him at dressed in patriotic gear with “Father Time” signs at Cardinals games, parades, and carnivals. He has waved to hundreds of thousands of strangers over the decades. He asked for nothing, but wished crowds of fans the best.
Paul Peter Pagano died Friday morning. He was 93.
Pagano’s family said he had 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren with two more on the way. He celebrated a birthday August 3. This World War II veteran was part of the D-Day Invasion.
He has been at an assisted living center for the past few years, but kept showing up to welcome Cardinals fans. Our Fox 2 News crews saw him at Busch Stadium in April for Opening Day.
“I’m sorry to inform you that Father Time has passed away this morning. He didn’t feel well last night and he simply passed in his sleep. He went very peaceful. He absolutely loved seeing all his fans. All of you gave him so much love & energy when he went to parades, fairs or Cardinal games. We were very fortunate that he stayed very sharp & reminisced about his days of selling produce in Walnut Park, greeting Cards fans at the stadium to waving at folks at the Shop ‘n Save in St. Ann. He loved seeing people. After we were done with an event, he always said, “I’m making memories and I’m bringing miles of smiles to everyone.” That he did and did it very well. He will be missed….”