Richard Michael Gargano, “Rich”, 80, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Friday November 26, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Francesco and Carmella (DeSanto) Gargano and his late mother-in-law , Marion V. Arrigo.
He came to Lancaster in 1954; after attending LCHS, he was given the nickname “Brooklyn”; everyone who knew him knew him as Brooklyn. After serving in the military, he started Gargano’s Pizza on Redwood Drive in 1967, then Gargano’s Rathskeller bar, nightclub, and restaurant on East Lincoln Highway. Rich also had locations in Marietta and East Petersburg. In addition to his success with several pizzerias, later in his life he ran the Regal theaters in Lancaster and York, as well as the Deli departments at Lancaster and Ephrata Walmart supermarkets.
As an avid coin collector, Rich was a member of the Lancaster Coin Collector Club. He was passionate about model trains; he was a member of the Lancaster Model Railroad Club. Rich and Gloria enjoyed many years of antiques. They acquired a large collection of antique clocks, stone wear, trains, coins, Delft and Quimper earthenware. He loved his Italian heritage and his family, he often shared stories from his childhood making pasta with his beloved grandmother and growing up in Brooklyn. He had a passion for Italian cuisine.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria A. Gargano of 31 years of marriage. His two daughters are also survivors, Regina Fronina of Lancaster, Michelle Gargano of Mountville; his two step-sons, Michael Kilgour of York and Patrick Kilgour (Maureen) of Millersville; her three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his brother, Joe Gargano (Melanie) of Columbia; sister-in-law, Dawn Melito (John Gitto) of Myrtle Beach, SC; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and grand-nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Camille Gargano.
A memorial service will be held at the Groffs Family Funeral Home, 528 W. Orange Street, Lancaster on Friday December 3, 2021 at 11:00 am. Friends are invited to greet family at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will immediately follow at the new St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.
Please visit Rich’s memorial page at