WILMINGTON - Steven R. Bagley, born March 9,1958, left this earth on Saturday, April 27, 2013 with his best friend by his side. Steve was a gentleman, having many friends within the community. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd Force Recon Marine. After military service, Steve entered college and obtained a B.S. degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts in political science from Appalachian State University. He later obtained a Doctorate in Humanities. Steve Bagley moved to Wilmington in the early 90s and took on the role of Executive Director for the community Food Bank. His efforts were so successful that upon resigning from the position, he received a proclamation by the mayor and City Council on August 1, 2001 for "Steven R. Bagley Day" for years of dedication helping the less fortunate. He later worked to enhance professional capabilities with Frank Roberts Construction Co., Inc. prior to running Paragon Group International. Mr. Bagley continued his passion of helping others by volunteering to prepare breakfasts for his fellow military veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2573. He was also active in the Fleet Reserve Association, Del Herrmann Branch 299. Recently, Mr. Bagley was putting his professional skills to work for the Mercy Homeless Shelter, Inc. with grant writing, organization and business practices. He is survived by his father, Frank Bagley, of Fayetteville; a brother, Frank Bagley Jr., of Maine; a sister, Mary Hughes, of Fayetteville; several nieces, Amanda Hughes, Michelle Bagley and Nicole Bagley; cousins, Jeannie Im, Becky Shank, Cathy Marcotte, Christopher Bagley, Jennifer Duquette, Arthur Bagley, Deb Holbrook, Victoria Harding-Wakeen, Miriam McArdle, of Canada; aunts, Emma Hall, Sally Holbrook, Elizabeth Bagley and Joan Bagley. Steve Bagley will always be remembered for his "presence," humor and kindness. Memories of Steve are associated with laughter from his antics, mannerisms and jokes. He will be missed. A memorial service for Steve Bagley will be held by his shipmates of the Fleet Reserve Association, joined by other veterans organizations and friends on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 3 p.m, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2722 Carolina Beach Road. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Fleet Reserve Association Benevolent Fund or the Mercy Homeless Shelter at 1639 Flounder Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409. Please share memories and condolences with the family at wilmingtoncares.com. Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403.
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Published in Fayetteville Observer on May 2, 2013