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Joseph T. Pagodin

April 22, 1963 - May 19, 2023

Joseph T. Pagodin, 60, of Hamilton, died at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Hospital on Friday, May 19, 2023 with his family at his side.

He was a graduate of Hamilton High West and worked for Pagodin Custom Construction for many years. Of late, he was employed by the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital as a senior repairer. His passion was music, hard rock music and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a self-taught drummer who was great at this craft and played in several bands over the years including Fairchild, Monster Zero, Cheap and Nasty and others. To this day, he still would play his drums and find someone to jam with. He was a loving son, brother, and good friend. Our family is completely heartbroken.

He is predeceased by his father Joseph T. Pagodin; his grandparents, William and Matilda May, and Margaret and William Pagodin.

He is survived by his parents, Dolores and Thomas Brecko; his sister, Donna Cattani; his brother Richard Brecko, and brother, Michael and wife Jennifer Brecko; and nieces and nephews, Bianca Cook, Cyrus Cattani, Lindsey and Michael Brecko.

Visitation hours will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Rd., Yardville, NJ 08620.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 in Joe's name.


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Joe the memories are endless. Only the good die young. See you at some point my friend. You better have a song waiting for me! I love you! Becky Scott


Bridget Cain
Bridget Cain
May 24, 2023

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Nothing like the music scene back in the day and good Ol Buffstones. I remember seeing him play at the Birch Hill club, always a good time. Rock On in HeavenJoe!

Bridget n Matt Mahon


Donna and family I’m so sorry. Your family is our prayers

Lori Darazio Hartman


My condolences to the family and friends. R.i.p Joe.


Kalvin Frink
Kalvin Frink
May 23, 2023

My condolences; May you rest in peace Joe. I've known Joe my entire career with the State of New Jersey. He was a good friend, partner, and one of the hardest workers I've encountered to this day. You will truly be missed, we love you man! Rock on!



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