Loconsolo Paints, a long-beloved paint store established more than sixty-five years ago, lost founder John Loconsolo on April 1. He was 101. His birthplace of Brooklyn was chosen by his father because he wanted his son to be born in the greatest city on Earth. From a young age he worked at the side of his dad when they started a contracting firm which began by painting churches and schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Two of his notable jobs were the first repainting of the Verrazano Bridge and the World Trade Center.
Other projects would take him to Florida, Las Vegas, and California. He branched out into real estate as the president of LoCon Realty Corp, Loconsolo Properties, and Jack Loconsolo & Company. Mr. Loconsolo was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Federal Savings Bancorp where he served as chairman of the bank. He was a past president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation and a founding member. During his Presidency from 1983 to 1985 he established a college scholarship committee. When his daughter, Victoria, passed away he established and personally funded the Victoria Loconsolo Foundation, which supports educational institutions, foster care agencies, and other worthy causes. He was also a Director of Futures in Education a non-profit organization for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens. He initiated a “Be an Angel Program”, part of the Futures in Education Foundation. This program enables parents to give their children a proper Catholic education that they otherwise could not afford.
He had compassion and empathy for the people he met throughout his life. He was a great storyteller and a good listener. He was self-educated and successful throughout his career as a real estate developer and investor. When asked for some words of wisdom he would simply say, “I never thought I knew enough”.
Loconsolo Paints opened a location three years ago this June at 371 Graham Avenue. This is the fourth of this family-owned and operated multiple outlet chain of Benjamin Moore Decorating Centers