Leonard James "Pete" Haggerty, 78, died June 16, 2013, at his home in Homosassa, Fla. Pete was born Jan. 6, 1935, to Josephine Dumas and Joseph Haggerty in Nashua, N.H.
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Pete served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force in the explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) division. After retirement from the Air Force, Pete worked for PepsiCo, owned a locksmith business and conducted civilian de-mining activity of military grounds sold to the public. Pete was active with the Shriners and served on the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Pete's hobbies included flying ultra-light airplanes, telescopes and garage sales. Pete was a patriotic man who loved spending time with his family and friends.
Pete is survived by his wife, Virgie; his former wife, Sonya; five children, Shawn Haggerty, Scott Haggerty, Sheryl Lashway, Sharon Haggerty and Patrick Haggerty; five step-children, Cheri Thompson, Kim Moody, Chris Radtke, Konnie Hamilton, and Cindy Naff; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pete was cremated and will be buried at the Florida National Cemetery with military honors. A celebration of his life will take place at 5 p.m. July 4, at his home in Homosassa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on June 29, 2013