Patrick Eugene Haggerty Sr., 82, of Washington, died at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in a UPMC hospital in Pittsburgh, as a result of injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.
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He was born January 21, 1932, in Johnstown, a son of the late Susan M. Marsh Haggerty Williams and James J. Haggerty. Mr. Haggerty was raised by his late stepfather, George "Gen" Williams. He was a graduate of Johnstown High School and Indiana State Teachers College, now known as Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He was employed as a social studies teacher at Canon-McMillan Middle School for many years, retiring in 1993.
Mr. Haggerty enjoyed gardening, playing chess, cards, crossword puzzles, baseball, football and his dogs, which were his loyal companions. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Mr. Haggerty was a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, where he formerly served as president of the church council and as a CCD instructor.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, Canonsburg, and American Legion Post 902, Houston.
On December 26, 1959, he married Rita Ann Unetich Haggerty, who survives.
Also surviving are his children; sons Patrick E. (Sally) Haggerty of Washington, Michael Haggerty (friend-Betty) of Canonsburg; daughter SuzAnne R. (Howard) Smith of Washington; sister Mary Bidelman of Johnstown; brothers James (Evelyn) Haggerty of Johnstown and Lawrence (Beatrice) Haggerty of Johnstown; five grandchildren, Felicia (Keil) Seybert, Kristen Haggerty, Sarah Haggerty, Shawn Haggerty and Belle Smith; a great-grandchild, Arya Seybert; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Meghan, who died at birth; and a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Lavely.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at E. Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 4, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with Father John O'Shea as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Church Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by the combined honor guard of VFW Post 191, Canonsburg, American Legion Post 902, Houston, and the U.S. Army.
The family suggests those inclined to make a donation either send flowers to the funeral home or make memorial contributions to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or to Disabled American Veterans Association. Condolences may be expressed at WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
Warco-Falvo Funeral Home
336 Wilson Ave Washington, PA 15301
Published in Observer-Reporter on Sept. 2, 2014