William A. Fagans
August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2017
William A. Fagans, ADJC, United States Navy Ret. passed away peacefully in Hobe Sound, Florida on June 21, 2017 at the age of 92.
William is survived by his daughter, Dorothy L. Hebenthal, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence L. Fagans; his parents and all three of his siblings.
William was born on August 2, 1924 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to H. Earl & Madeline Fagans, nee Edmonds. As a teenager, William was in the Civilian Conversation Corps, CCC in Vermont. At 18 he joined the United States Navy serving active duty for 22 years
During three wars William defended his country om numerous aircraft carriers including the USS Lexington. William was a Chief Petty Officer ADJC when he retired after 30 years and relocated to Hobe Sound where he has resided ever since. Following his discharge, he worked for Pratt Whitney for 22 years before retiring.
A viewing will be held for William at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, 5601 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with and reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Treasure Coast Hospice House or the Kane Center Council on Aging both located in Stuart, Florida.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
William A. Fagans
July 9, 2017
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
July 6, 2017
My sincerest condolences to Dottie and the rest of the family. You so unselfishly cared for your Dad and helped him to have a long and comfortable life. May God give you peace in his passing................
June 29, 2017
May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11