Kenneth Nagy Jr.

Kenneth Nagy, Jr. Kenneth Nagy, Jr. Hamilton Police Sergeant Kenneth Andrew Nagy, Jr., son of Kenneth Andrew and Mary (nee McNamara) Nagy of New York, entered eternal rest on Friday night leaving behind his loving wife, Katherine, and their two wonderful young sons, Gavin William, 7, and Griffin Andrew, 5, to whom he passed on his love of gadgets, technology, and Star Wars. Ken grew up in Center reach, Long island and was a graduate of Fonda-Fultonville High School. He earned his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and his Masters in Criminal Justice from Western New England College. Ken was a self taught techie, he loved computers; he was always more than willing to help you set up a new computer, install a surround sound system, or patiently spend hours trying to troubleshoot where you went wrong doing it yourself! An avid researcher, Ken was the Go-To guy for friends and family when it came to finding the best deal and being an educated consumer. He always found the best travel deals and would spend countless hours helping to research a new car for someone, even going so far as to going to dealerships and test driving models to make sure it was exactly what it was supposed to be. But that was Ken, dedicated, dependable, and always willing to help when he could. Ken was always up to the latest and greatest of everything and he was always more than happy to help you learn all about it. That was the sort of person that Ken was; he would go out of his way to help anyone if he was in any way capable. He was highly intelligent, fiercely loyal, and a devoted family man. He chose to work midnight shifts so that while his wife Katie also worked, he would be there when the boys got off the school bus in the afternoon to spend time with them. He spent that time wisely. With his sons he shared his passions in life and taught them the strength to pursue a goal and achieve it. He passed on a love of country (even once taking a young Gavin to the reenactment of the battle of Lexington Green, to teach him about the history of our great country and all that was sacrificed to make it what it is today), a respect for mankind, unconditional love, and a very quirky sense of humor. Anyone who knew Ken could tell you that his unique sense of humor could break even the thickest of ices and get a chuckle from anyone within earshot. He liked to lighten the mood and make people feel at ease. Ken was always to first to volunteer to have a party at his house; he loved to host get-togethers at his house for special occasions, celebrations, or just to gather friends at his home to have a good day. Especially in the summer time when the backyard would be filled with the joyful laughter of playing children while friends and family relaxed sipping one of Kens famous margaritas waiting to sample whatever he was grilling (to perfection) that day. Ken and Katie loved to see new places and were more than excited to be able to share that with their children. They enjoyed taking annual trips up New Hampshire, looked forward to summer trips down The Cape and even enjoyed a family trip to Disney World and a vacation in Aruba with extended family, grandparents, and a great-grandmother. One of Kens greatest joys in life, besides his beautiful family, was his nearly twenty-year career with the Hamilton Police Department. He had been invaluable on many occasions and was respected by those who worked closest with him. This past summer he was awarded a promotion to Sergeant, a position he had worked hard for and looked forward to. His work as a law enforcement officer gave him purpose, meaning, and fulfillment that were evident to anyone who knew him. He provided innovated solutions as a criminal investigator; he worked with sexual assault victims, and left his footprint on the hearts of countless Hamilton residents. To those in need or despair, Ken was a source of comfort. He was diplomatic and thoughtful when dealing with people in delicate situations and was always able to maintain a compassionate professionalism throughout his interactions. His patience and empathy were a source of support, advice, and reassurance to those who often times had no other resource. Ken offered his experience and aid to anyone who needed it; he did not save it for when he was on duty or reserve it for only friends and family. Along with his wife and sons, Ken is survived by his parents, Kenneth Sr. and Mary Nagy of New York as well as six siblings: brother Andrew Nagy and wife Jennifer, sister Donna Lewis and husband Brian, sister Mary Rain and husband Matthew, sister Anne Penington and husband Russell, sister Eileen Tucci and husband Michael, sister Carolyn Voulgardis and husband Marios and fifteen nieces and nephews. In addition to many close friends, Ken is mourned by the Potter family throughout the Northshore, all of whom grieve their loss with tremendously heavy hearts. He will be missed immensely in so many capacities it would be nearly impossible to list. Ken was imaginative and a creative thinker, he was ambitious and dedicated and loved by those who knew him best. His absence will be a void that can never be filled but his memory and honor will live on in the lives of his sons, who carry all the best qualities of their father and, as they grow, will no doubt make him insurmountably proud. His funeral will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St (cor of North St) Salem, to be followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00AM in St James Church, 156 Federal St, Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Interment will be private. 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Published in The Hamilton Chronicle from Feb. 28 to Mar. 6, 2012