William Lee Hagy

HAGY, William Lee, 83, a long-time resident of Toronto, Ohio, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Hilliard, Ohio, in the company his loving family following a long battle with multiple illnesses.

Bill was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Detroit, the younger of two sons of the late James R. and Martha J. Hagy. Bill was a gifted orator and an enthusiastic baritone, a respected community leader, a friend to many, and a loving family man. Bill married the love of his life, Phyllis Rose Carpino, in 1950.

He attended Bethany College from 1950-1952 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He served on the U.S.S. Warrington, a destroyer, as First Class Petty Officer. Bill returned to school, graduating from Kent State University in 1958 with a B.A. in history. He later worked for B.F. Goodrich Co. and Goodyear Aircraft Co. In 1967 he began his 30-year career at TIMET in Toronto where he retired as human resources director.

Bill was elder of the First Presbyterian Church; a passionate participant in the church choir; president of the Toronto Chamber of Commerce; president of the Ohio Valley Industrial Resources Association; a frequent speaker at special events such as Veteran’s Day remembrances; and a performer in local musical productions, including “A Christmas Carol,” in which he reveled in the role of Marley’s Ghost. He was a proud member of the Toronto Masonic Lodge No. 583 F&AM and the Toronto American Legion Post No. 86. In 2008, Bill was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Toronto Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to family, the U.S. Navy, the First Presbyterian Church and the City of Toronto.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis Rose Hagy; daughter Karen S. Mortland and her husband Bruce L. Mortland; son W. Thomas Hagy and his wife, Jane R. Hagy; and son Kenneth L. Hagy and his wife Wendy M. Hagy. He loved his five grandchildren: Nicholas W. Story, Jacy L. Hagy, Annie T. Hagy, Laura F. Hagy and Natalie T. Hagy. He also is survived by brother James R. Hagy Jr.; brother-in-law Joseph Carpino; and sister- and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Captain Jerry Kotchka (ret).

Visitation will take place at Clarke Funeral Home, 302 Main St., Toronto, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Masonic Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Additional visitation will take place at First Presbyterian Church Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by a celebration of Bill’s life, Pastor Mike Bongart officiating. Entombment will follow at Ft. Steuben Burial Estates, 801 Canton Road, Wintersville. All are invited to return to the First Presbyterian Church for lunch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church and or the Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army in Bill’s memory. You may send condolences care of Clarke Funeral Home, 302 Main St., Toronto, OH, 43964.

Condolences to the family at www.clarkefuneralhome.com.