William Joseph "Bill" Hagarty, 76, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Sunday evening, Sept. 29, 2013, at his home in Elkins, surrounded by his family. Death was attributed to cancer.
He was born Saturday, April 3, 1937, at Wilmington, N.C., a son of the late Joseph Herbert Hagarty and Bertha Hardin Hagarty.
On July 27, 1963, he was married to the former Janet Marie "Jan" Kantor, who survives. They had celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Also surviving are three sons, Sean Michael Hagarty and wife, Susan, of Raleigh, N.C., Kevin James Hagarty of Arlington, Va., and Marvin Eugene Hagarty of Martinsburg. Bill, along with his wife, were also foster parents to 21 other children. Also surviving are two brothers, John Francis Hagarty and wife, Jeanne, of Jeffersonton, Va., and Joseph "Joe" Hagarty of Arlington, Va.; three sisters, Mary "Ann" Etzel and husband, "Jack," of St. Leonard, Md., Carolyn Wolfe and husband, Donald "Don," of Rockville, Md., and Sister Patricia "Pat" Hagarty of Bristol, Va.; and three grandchildren, Addison Nicole, Erin Zuzanna and Alan Patryk Hagarty.
Preceding him in death was one sister, "Kathy" Hagarty.
He attended Don Bosco High School in Huttonsville where he also was a member of the basketball squad.
Bill served with the U.S. Air Force before becoming a U.S. federal employee for 38 years and then retiring in 1993. He was an active member of St. Brendan Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, was a marathon runner and a leader for the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed coin collecting, was an avid nonfiction reader and loved gardening, especially his tomatoes. He was a local train historian and was a car host on The Cheat Mountain Salamander. He was known as a very compassionate man. In his lifetime, he had donated more than six hundred units of blood.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. On Friday, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home a wake service will be recited by the Rev. Mr. Raymond G. Godwin. On Saturday morning, Mr. Hagarty will be moved to Saint Brendan Catholic Church at Elkins where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. The Very Rev. Donald X. Higgs, VF will be the Presider, and then Mr. Hagarty's request for cremation will be honored. A private interment service will follow at a later date in St. Brendan Cemetery at Elkins, where presentation of the American flag will be accorded by members of the H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the local Boys Scouts of America Troop 88, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High St., Morgantown, WV 26501. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for William Joseph "Bill" Hagarty. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.