|William E. Haggerty|
To Cathy, family and friends,
I just heard about Bill's passing--some news takes a while to reach this side of the Pacific. I went through LaSalle High and Villanova with Sonny, as we called him. Although we were never the closest of friends, Sonny was always ready with a friendly greeting. His friendliness-- toward absolutely everybody--is what I remember most about him. He would always great you with that smile of his. It was always genuine but also a bit mischievous, as if he was up to something and wanted you in on it.
Often, he was and did. But that example of extending friendship to all is something I've learned from Bill. He may be gone but I'll remember
Cathy & family,
As one of the kindergarten through college gang from Lafayette Hill, I have lots of good thoughts about Bill and our friendship through the years. (I go back to the days when he was just Bill, before the moniker Sonny was planted on him) Although our adult contact faded as our lives evolved, the friendship endures. As I’m sure many will share with you, Sonny’s sense of humor was his trademark, even back to early grade school, even back in April on our Class of ’69 visit. My wife, Darla, has had contact with the Class of ’69 only at reunions. She was amazed at the connectedness and affection shared by the group at your home.
Life will change for you in ways unknown now. We all share in your sorrow. Know that the Swans and the Class of ’69 will have you in our prayers.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to by at St. Philip’s on Monday, but will be there in spirit.
With our love,
Trevor & Darla Swan
Sara & Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. You will be in my prayers.
I just heard about Bill. I didn’t know Bill, but I knew his reputation as being an amazing attorney and great human being. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be thinking of you and your families.
I would like my Uncle Deanne to know my thoughts are about him and his family this weekend.
Bill was my brother-in-law. As Cathy’s sister in IL, I heard about Bill, but did not have the opportunity to see him very often. One memory that comes to the forefront was my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary in Sunset Beach. Bill married into a family of “huggers” which was not his “style”. I remember getting a tentative hug from Bill whenever I saw him. I, of course, always went up to him. I remember the “tentative” hug when they arrived in Sunset Beach. More importantly, I remember the “nontentative” hug at the end of the week! Bill with his infectious grin and sense of humor had gotten to know me—that sister in IL! He brought sunshine into the lives of our family. I remember talking with him in October when I went to visit. I didn’t have the past for him to remember, but we were able to talk about the present. He was interested in what I was doing. He was able to make us smile and laugh with his “toys”. This time it was a Halloween noisemaker! I made sure to play it when I was around to see his eyes light up. Bill was well-loved and will be missed. We will see him in Heaven one day.
Bill was a loving
caring husband to my daughter, Cathy, and a very loving
supportive step-father to my two grandchildren, Lisa and
Eric. He was a thoughtful wonderful son-in-law to me as
well. I got to know his daughter, Sara, and became Nana P
to her. My family will have many great memories of him in
years to come and we will truly miss him and his wonderful
sense of humor. Love, Gerry
CHARLES F. SNYDER JR FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL, INC.