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Letter: I Second The Praise For Father Hagan

I read with very fond memories the July 17 story by Jack Garland about Father Vincent Hagan of Corpus Christi in the Mineola American. Like Mr. Garland, I was an altar boy server back in the ’60s. Father Hagan was our director and, like Frank Perdue, was a tough yet tender man. He taught us not only how to be good altar servers but good citizens as well.

 

I now live 10 minutes away from Bear Mountain and think of Father Hagan and our great summer trips every time I pass by the park.

 

Father Hagan also would take a group of altar boys twice a year to Washington, D.C., if they had served enough weddings and funeral masses. He drove his car round-trip in one day and treated us all royally. My first trip there was on Nov. 11, 1963. We saw President Kennedy place a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Veterans Day.

It’s a memory I will have forever. A few days later, the president was assassinated.

 

I second the statement with which Mr. Garland ended his article, “Every person associated with Father Hagan would agree that he was truly unforgettable.” Not only unforgettable, but one in a million! Thanks Father Hagan from the bottom of my heart.

 

Richard Cogliandro

 

Cold Spring, New York