Donald Paul Redoglia
Published in Pasadena Star-News on March 1, 2011
Donald Paul Redoglia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 23,
at home at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma last
October. Like all challenges in his life, he faced cancer head-on and
fought hard; though ultimately, this was not a battle to be won.
Don was born in Pasadena on April 15, 1953 and was a gifted athlete from
a young age. He attended Pasadena High School and was a three-sport letterman
in baseball, basketball, and football. He continued to play baseball at
Pasadena City College; then transferred to Chapman University, where he
originally met his future wife, Georg-Ann Talin.
In 1974, Don left Chapman to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional
baseball player in Kenai, Alaska. As an infielder for the Peninsula Oilers,
he set a single-season home run record that would not be broken until
1997. He went on to play second base for the St. Louis Cardinal's single-A
affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida, before returning to Los Angeles
to begin his professional career as a propmaker and construction foreman
for the film and TV industry.
Affectionately known as "Rags" to his colleagues, Donald worked
on dozens of major productions, occasionally traveling on location across
the United States during his 35-year career. In 2001, he joined the crew
of Scrubs, which became an extended family, as he worked on every episode
from the pilot to the finale during its 9-season run even appearing as
an extra in the opening segment of episode 709 "My Princess."
His greatest achievement, however, was being an incredible father. He
and his first wife, Peggy Cosko, raised daughter Lucy, 27, and son Matthew,
25, for whom he provided unconditional love, protection, and support.
Despite his tough exterior, he was a big softy, and he could always be
counted on to shed a tear when opening gifts from his children on Christmas
Five years ago, after a Chapman baseball reunion, Don reconnected with
Georg-Ann and the two were married on May 22, 2010. Though the second
chapter of their romance was so tragically short-lived, this was the happiest
time of his life. And until the end, his eyes lit up whenever she entered
Donald now joins his father, Harry, who succumbed to cancer in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Georg-Ann, her daughter Ashley, his two children
Lucy and Matt, his mother Elizabeth, brothers Doug and Richard, and hundreds
of friends and family members who already miss him deeply.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Community.
In lieu of flowers,family members suggest that any memorial contributions
be made to The Angeles Clinic Foundation, 2001 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite
560 W. Santa Monica, CA 90404.