Andrew Hagar, 91, of Newburgh died November 21 at Elant Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fishkill, with his family surrounding him.
"Andy" was born in Bishop, PA, November 8, 1922, the son of Mary (Logan) and Steven Hagar. As a child, his family moved around the country for his father's job, finally settling in Marlboro, where he graduated from Marlboro High School.
After high school and during the war years, Andy worked on the building of the Aqueduct in the Hudson Valley that would supply water to New York City, and got his start as an electrician working at the shipbuilding yards in Wilmington, DE. He married "Dot" during this time, and shortly thereafter they settled in the Town of Newburgh, where they raised their family of five.
Andy was a journeyman electrician for many years, working for C.J. Olsen Electrical, and eventually starting his own business, Hagar Electric. In the 1970s, he and his brother, Ben started Hagar Homes, building single-family homes throughout Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties. During this time, Andy was active with the Town of Newburgh Lions Club, and various professional organizations, including the Building Association of the Hudson Valley.
Outside of work, his great interests were RV motorhome travel and antique cars. Before they became common sights on the roads, Andy built his first travel motorhome from a passenger bus he purchased from West Point. This would be the first of a series of motorhomes. After that, summer weekends were often spent taking his family to various places throughout New York and New England in the motorhome. Andy also loved to restore and work on antique cars, and attend antique car shows throughout the Northeast. He was active in the Hudson Valley Model A Restorers Club, and the Hudson River Valley Antique Auto Association, helping to organize a major car show in Rhinebeck each year.
Andy was an avid reader, especially of mysteries, and read 2 or 3 books a week right up until his death. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, and regularly did the New York Times Sunday puzzle. His family will also remember him for his habit of having one highball cocktail each day before dinner.
In addition to his wife Dorothy, of 69 years, Andy is survived by his children, Stephanie Siegel and her partner Richard Luria of Cornwall, Sandra Jones and her partner Edward Jones of Newburgh, Steve Hagar and his wife Kathy Sult of Montgomery, Anne-Marie Matthews and her husband Edward, of Colts Neck, NJ, and Laurie Hagar of Gloucester, MA. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Andy was predeceased by his brothers—Frank, Benjamin and Stephen Hagar.
Visitation for family and friends will take place Monday, November 25th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the White & VenutoFuneral Home, 188 North Plank Rd (Rte 32), Newburgh.
Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 26th at St. Mary's Church, Rte 9W, Marlboro, NY. Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.
If desired, please make donations in Andy's memory to Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Ste. 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.