In Loving

Paolo Stagni

May 7, 1944 – Mar. 14, 2019

Paolo Stagni, 74, of Chesterfield passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Paolo devoted much of his life to his work at GD USA. In retirement he enjoyed following the soccer team from his birthplace of Bologna, Italy and he never missed a Formula One race.  He spent holidays and special events with his Powhatan family and called his family in Italy every week particularly to discuss Formula one results. Paolo also enjoyed spending his leisure time with his good friend in Chesterfield.

Survivors include his sister, Giuliana Stagni Russo; three nephews, Roberto Russo, Ricardo Russo and Alessandro Stagni all of Bologna, Italy; niece, Kaitlyn Kolster; and nephew Hans-Colin Kolster both of Powhatan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Serex Stagni; his mother, Giuseppina Zanforlin Stagni; his father, Alfredo Stagni; and his brother, Giuliano Stagni.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Affinity Funeral Service.

Memorial Gathering


Affinity Funeral Service


Sat., May 4, 2019


2:00 – 4:00 PM

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  1. Scott Stevenson April 28, 2019 at 5:16 pm - Reply were a blast to work for and always good for a laugh.

  2. Richard Polchinski April 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply


    I enjoyed talking with you often, especially about history and politics. I will never forget the story you told me about your birth during World War II and your father trying to register your birth. You were a very funny guy and you knowledge of historical events was fascinating. You will be missed my friend.

    Fondest Regards, Rich


  3. Richard Pillow May 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    You were the one that hired me in 1984 and I always looked up to you. You were a great man to have as a leader and friend. You were one of the ones that built GD Richmond into what it is today and were very good to all of us who worked for you. You were always a very hard worker and spoke the truth as you knew it, and were admired by all for it. You were loved by our customers for the same reason and if you told them you would take care of something you did and would not forget it ! I will always consider it a privilege to have had you take part in my life and will always remember the good times we had at our Board of Directors meetings on Friday afternoons! Rest in Peace my friend, we will meet again—RP

  4. RICHARD ANDREJCAK May 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    My good friend may you may you rest in peace. Now you’re with your wife, may God take care of you and your wife. We had some good times together good laughs good discussions and I will miss you take care my friend. RIT

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