Oct. 1, 1930 - June 25, 2006
John Joseph Hagerty III (Jack) was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 1, 1930 to the late Elizabeth Ann Stewart and John Joseph Hagerty Jr. Jack was the younger brother of Patricia Louise Pinto. He lived most of his life and raised his family in Garden City. He attended Stratford School, St. Joseph School and graduated from Garden City High School in the Class of 1948.
Jack graduated from Villanova University with a degree in business and returned to Garden City with many close and lifelong friends. After college he served in the Korean War. In 1957, he married Mary Joan Finnegan, the younger sister of his best friend Eddie. After business school at Columbia University, Jack began his career in advertising at Young and Rubicam. The highlight of his career was his years with Reader's Digest in New York on the New York sales staff.
Joan and Jack raised five children in Garden City and spent their summers on the North Fork of LI. Jack loved the beach and the water and was happiest in his boat with his wife and his dog. He enjoyed teaching the kids to fish, water ski and sail. He coached softball, was active in the Men's Club and was a trustee of the Garden City Property Owners Association.
Jack retired with Joan to their beloved North Fork and made their home in Greenport in 2001. He leaves behind his loving wife Joan; his sister, Patricia, her husband John and their family in Toronto; his five children, Susan (Michael Keating) and four grandchildren, Jack, Liz, Peter and Reggie' Lisa (Tom Finegan) and their children, Patrick, Michael, Mary Beth and Katee; Peter (Ari) and Erin and Mary Hagerty. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jack lived life well and made everyone who knew him smile.
Jack's life was celebrated at St. Agnes Church, Greenport, on June 29. He was buried on June 30 at Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in the care of the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home, Southold.