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Peter R. D'Aguanno

February 23, 1928 ~ June 24, 2017 (age 89)

Aerospace Electrical Engineer and Professional Musician

Peter R. D’Aguanno passed away on Saturday, June 24th at Hancock Hall in Danbury, CT.  He was 89 years old.  Resident of Heritage Village since 2001, Peter was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 23, 1928.  He was the son of Vincent and Mary (Gemma) D’Aguanno, and the husband of 54 years to the late Mary (Tomasino) D’Aguanno.  Peter attended Lafayette High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.  He served in the U.S. Navy (1947-1949) as a musician.  He founded his own Big Band in Guam and was later assigned to Special Service, playing lead alto sax as his band toured many South Pacific islands.

After being honorably discharged, he played with many road Big Bands, combos, and other professional groups in New York and across the country.  Peter played alto, tenor, baritone saxes, and clarinet.  He led his own eight-piece horn ensemble, called “Little Big Band,” in New York City and at Heritage Village.  He also taught Big Band and Jazz workshop classes in various adult education programs in NY and CT.  Peter played with notable Big Bands such as Warren Covington, Billy Butterfield, Tommy Reynolds, Lee Castle, and Al Miller.

 Despite his busy playing schedule, Peter managed to attend night school at Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.  He received his degree in Physics and was employed as an electronics engineer in the aerospace defense industry with Fairchild Republic, Grumman Corporation, and Airborne Instrument Labs of Long Island, NY.  He worked on many of the most popular Army and Navy fighter and bomber aircraft as well as the Satin Saturn V missile, which was used for the first moon landing mission.  He is fondly remembered for being able to fix just about anything.

During his 16 years in Heritage Village, Peter was an active member of the American Legion, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and served on the Heritage Village Condo 19 Board for six years.  He also created the Aspiring Inventors Club and provided free jazz concerts at Heritage Village.  He was an enthusiastic bowler, poker player, and movie aficionado well into his late 80's.

Peter is survived by his three children:  daughter Dyane Leight of Sumter, SC, son Peter and daughter-in-law Patty, of Pound Ridge, NY, and daughter Donna Giachetti and son-in-law Cosme Navarro of Danbury, CT.  He also leaves four grandchildren (Dana, Leah, Peter, and Cosme Nicholas), a great-grandson (Ethan), and two sisters (Marie and Christine).  A memorial service will be in the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday June 28th from  5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday June 29th at 9:30 A.M.  Burial will be held in private. Munson Lovetere Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
June 28, 2017

5:00 PM
Sacred Heart Church
910 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488

Funeral Service
June 29, 2017

9:30 AM
Sacred Heart Church
910 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488

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