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Thomas Leo Hagerty

Born: Sat., Sep. 30, 1922
Died: Mon., Mar. 12, 2012


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 17, 2012


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Thomas Leo Hagerty passed away at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Extended Care in Castor, Alberta on Monday March 12, 2012 at the age of 89 years.
Leo was born on September 30, 1922 in Castor, Alberta.  He was the only child of Jim and Anna Hagerty of Bulwark, Alberta. Leo attended school at Glencoe where he met his future bride Vera Kinakin.  Leo and Vera were married on August 3, 1944.
Leo joined the Air Force and took his basic training in Fort McLeod where he earned his wings.  Leo and Vera moved to the air base at Kingston, Ontario to await deployment overseas.  It was in Kingston where their first son Ron was born.  While in Kingston Leo was selected to train navigators and moved to the Air Force base in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.  Because of Leo’s skill as a pilot he was called up to fly senior officers to various destinations.  On two of these occasions bad weather forced Leo to make successful emergency landings.
Leo returned to Bulwark where he helped on the farm and operated grain elevators for National and Pioneer. Later on Leo and Vera purchased the Bulwark General Store and Post Office.  During this time two more sons, Gary and Jim were born.
In 1957 Leo and family moved to Castor.  He worked at odd jobs and drove school bus before attending a recreation leadership course in Camrose.  He returned to take a position as recreation director for the town of Castor.  During this time he coached several minor ball teams and was involved with the boxing team.   After several years Leo began his last career with the Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance and was soon promoted to crew chief and on to district supervisor until retiring at the age of 67.
Leo enjoyed all sports, he was an avid golfer and curler and especially enjoyed baseball.  As a young man he played baseball for Bulwark, Fleet and Castor.  Later he played slow pitch for the Castor Legion Senior Team travelling to tournaments in Alberta and British Columbia for a number of years. Leo and Vera enjoyed wintering in Apache Junction, Arizona where he continued playing slow pitch with the Castor Legion Team.
Leo was a strong community supporter and held life memberships with the Royal Canadian Legion and the B.P.O.E. Elks.
In 2003 when Vera’s health started failing they moved to the Paintearth Lodge where Leo continued to reside before moving to Our Lady of the Rosary Extended Care until his passing.
Leo was predeceased by his parents Jim and Anna Hagerty; Vera Hagerty, his wife of 59 years (November 2003), uncles Joe Hagerty, Tom Hagerty and Don Hagerty; brother and sisters in law Fred and Mabel Kinakin, Pete and Mary Huff, John (Slim) and Florence Mario, Pete Kinakin and nephews Freddy Kinakin and Gary Williams.
Leo is survived by sons Ron, Gary (Marion), and Jim; grandchildren Kelly, Kim, Rochelle and Quinn (Taneil); great grandchildren Krysta, Chantelle, Kiara, Jesse, and Joshua as well as numerous other family and a host of friends.

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Barbara Keller
   Posted Wed March 28, 2012
My sympathy to you all in the loss of your father.

Sincerely,
Barb Keller

Brian and Gail Dunlop
   Posted Fri April 20, 2012
Brian and I were not hear when Leo passed away so are sending our sympathy to each and everyone of you.

Denise Ference
   Posted Sat April 21, 2012
Hey Mr Hagerty(Jim or "the Hag")
So sorry to read about the passing of your dad in the Coronation paper.Reading his obituary, I see that he really enjoyed sports which makes me wonder if that''''s why you chose to become a phys ed teacher all those years ago! Hope all is well with you. Take care...

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