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William Hagarty

William "Bill" Hagarty

Tuesday, November 19th, 1935 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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William Scott Hagarty "Bill"

An eventful and interesting life came to a close when, on Sunday, May 17, 2020 William (Bill) Hagarty 84, died peacefully at his home in Rainy River, Ontario with his family by his side.

Bill was born on November 19, 1935 in The Pas Manitoba to parents Robert (Bob) and Marjory (Marg) Hagarty. The family moved to Rainy River in the 1940’s and settled into the community. Bill’s parents eventually bought property out in Morson where he spent many summers enjoying the lake and all it had to offer. Bill met his best friend on New Years Eve of 1957/58 and she became his wife on August 6, 1960. They spent almost 60 years together and had many adventures in those years. Bill was a life long railroader starting out on the steam engines and transitioning the more modern engines, he used to say that he would love to get his hands on the controls just one more time. Bill was a Mason and a Shriner and he truly enjoyed the wonderful things he got to be a part of because of these organizations. After his retirement Bill and Joan purchased a mobile home in Arizona where they would go every winter for 27 years. Bill had many interests like, travelling, camping, photography, hiking, golfing, woodworking, and target shooting but in his later years his love of flying became his main joy and he spent many weekends dragging Joan out to one fun fly or another (which she secretly loved). Bill never met a stranger; he would talk to anyone about almost anything and because of that has many friends from all over.

Survived by his wife Joan Hagarty (Lyons), his son and daughter-in-law Brad & Liz Hagarty, his daughter Lynnette Hagarty, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren as well as other relatives and many loving friends.

Predeceased by his parents Robert (Bob) and Marjory (Scott) Hagarty, and his brother Ken Hagarty.

As per Bill's wishes a private family gathering will take place in his memory. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Public Library by check, c/o Northridge Funeral Home Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.
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Barb Filuk

Posted at 03:41pm
We met Bill and Joan years ago at the Gimli Fly. He was always so friendly and made everyone feel so welcome. We missed seeing you both this past August. Bill will be fondly remembered. Our condolences to Joan and family. Terry & Barb Filuk

Carol Graham

Posted at 09:23pm
Bill Hagarty was one of the most amazing men I ever met. I will never forget his big smile, his great stories, his advice, his friendship, his willingness to pop over and help a widow in distress. But most of all I will miss his hugs. Having a 6’5” son who I don’t get to see very often, Bill would “stand in” for him whenever I was missing my family and needed a hug. Such a guy is rare and will be missed. My deepest condolences to my dear friend Joan and all the family. You are in my prayers today and always. Rest In Peace Bill.

Terry and Nancy Larsen

Posted at 10:40pm
Terry and I met Bill in AZ. Terry and him flew often together and always had a great time the three of them. Bill, Curtis and Terry. So saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts are with Joan and the family at this time. Fly above the clouds Bill

Rick Apitz

Posted at 06:14pm
I met Bill on my first trip to the Rainy River Fun Fly Fish Fry about 20+ years ago. It turned into a wonderful friendship whenever I made it to Canada yearly and several times a year to fly with my fiends. My best memory of Bill is seeing him at the flying field on the little riding lawn mower with his knees nearly hitting his chin. Blue skies and fair winds my friend. Rick Apitz. New Ulm, Minnesota

Jennifer Lyons

Posted at 03:10pm
I have so many great memories of my Uncle Bill, from the Big Red gum he used to share with me (that left my mouth on fire) to our drives to seemingly nowhere just to spend time together. He was the biggest teddy bear, so loving and always laughing or making me laugh. I feel blessed to have had him in my life for 43 years.

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