Obituary of Richard Pagan

May 18, 2024

Richard Pagan, 64, of Bronx, NY, passed away suddenly at his home in New York City on May 18th, 2024. Born on April 30, 1960, in the Bronx, to Antonio Pagan and Clare Narvaez, Richard was a beloved son, father, brother, partner, and friend.


Richard had a zest for life that was evident in his love for the beach, rock concerts, and the cherished moments he created with family and friends. Known for his appreciation of a good craft beer, always enjoyed in the appropriate glass, Richard's warmth and enthusiasm left an indelible mark on all who knew him.


He is survived by his father Antonio; his son, Adrian (daughter-in-law Yoko) Lopez; sister, Sherry (brother-in-law Ernie Schenk) Pagan; brother, Antone Pagan; and his loving partner, Lizette Rivera, and her two daughters, Tiffany and Chelsea Rivera. Richard also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly.


In honor of Richard’s memory, the family will be dedicating a bench in Asbury Park with his name on it, a place where his spirit can be remembered and celebrated.

Friends and family are invited to visit Richard’s tribute wall to leave a condolence or share a memory. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to the Asbury Park Music Foundation in honor of Richie

Richard’s legacy of love, laughter, and unforgettable moments will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

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I met Richard and Lizette at the Toms River Brewery several years ago. I invited myself and the group I was with, to their picnic table. They were both extremely accommodating and super friendly people. From that moment on, we all developed a bond and love for each other that was special. Our friendship was unconditional with Lizette and Richard. He was funny, talented, extremely creative, loving, caring, and crazy. There was no one like Richard. God definitely broke the mold after he made him. He will be missed dearly by everyone who he touched. RIP Pagán. ?????????

Posted by: Patricia Ann Priest - Toms River, NJ - Friend May 22, 2024

Such a wonderful man, always greeting everyone with a warm smile. He will be deeply missed by many, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time

Posted by: Gary Morrison - Beachwood, NJ - Friend May 22, 2024

I’ve had the pleasure of spending many holidays and special events with Rich through the years. He introduced me to a number of craft beers that we enjoyed together with great stories and lots of jokes. From the 4th of July we spent on the rooftop of his building to my 50th birthday down at the jersey shore when to my surprise he walked in with Lizette ,Tiffany and Chelsea. It really made my day. Hard to pick a single memory as every one of them was a fun time. I feel blessed to have known you and spent so many great times together. You will forever be missed . Rest in peace brother.

Posted by: Mark Lopez - Queens, Ny - Family Friend May 22, 2024

I was fortunate to share many a beer and rock concert with Richie. He was a great family friend who was always happy to talk about Springsteen or U2 (or any music for that matter) and told the funniest stories. He will be incredibly missed by our family.

Posted by: Alexandra J - New York, - Friend May 22, 2024

My heart is so sad right now because we lost a friend that hi is always there for everybody. I Thanks to God because I have the honor to get to know you . Thank you Rich.

Posted by: Sandra Hernandez - Bronx, New York - Friend May 23, 2024

I was lucky to know Richard. I worked with him years ago. He was a great guy and friend. He helped out a family member of mine. Forever grateful. You will be missed dear Richie. RIP ??

Posted by: Patricia Farrell - Whitestone, NY - Friend May 23, 2024

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Uncle Rich is his beaming personality! He was always a joy to be around. Whenever he was in the room everyone gravitated to him. He was so charming and intelligent that he would catch everyone's interest. I think he taught us all how to live life to the fullest , laugh hard and love even harder. Uncle Rich your vibrant memory lives on in your son Adrian your soon to be granddaughter and the love of your life Lizette! We celebrate a beautiful life. Rest in Eternal Peace. Love , Jamie ??

Posted by: Jamie Ladone - Centereach , NY - Family May 23, 2024

I had the privilege to work with Rich for a number of years. He was a friend as well as a colleague. His enthusiasm and dedication for work was mirrored in his love of Rock and Life! I will cherish those memories. John

Posted by: John O’Reilly - New York City, NY - Friend May 23, 2024

So many special memories there's not one I could share,you will be sadly missed,,my heart goes out to the family,,love you always Rich!!

Posted by: Desiree Berdequez - Long island, Ny - Family May 26, 2024

Richard is my cousin, it blew my mind of his unexpected passing. I reflect back on those great family reunions we used to have when our parents got together. Although now I see we were only 5 years apart I always looked up to him for his down to earth and humble ways. Everytime we got together we always engaged in conversation and remembering good times.Memories...that's what is left when someone is gone. Richard will always be in our hearts, always remembered.I will always be grateful for the time he brought his Dad to visit his brother, my Dad at the Nursing home. Although emotional, he made their day. Like most families, we may have drifted apart with our busy lives, but always close at heart. Rest in Peace, Richard, you will be missed.

Posted by: Roberto Pagan - Morrisville , Pennsylvania - Family May 29, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Richie for 10 years. He had a great attitude toward life and work. Always thinking about his family. Rest in Peace Richie

Posted by: Michael Cosgrove - PEARL RIVER, NY - Friend June 12, 2024

I had the great pleasure to be able to work with Rich. Rich was one of my customers who I always looked forward to seeing and talking to. Although Rich was always so busy, he always took the time to have nice conversation with me. I am from NJ so we had great conversations about how much he enjoyed going to his NJ Beach House. I will miss him Dearly! Love you Rich!

Posted by: Jim Boisits - Rutherford, NJ - Acquaintance June 13, 2024