Robert (Bob) Harold Haggerty, 70, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2015 at Elmwood Nursing Home in Green Springs. He was born on January 29, 1945 in Fremont, Ohio, the only son of Harold (Sox) and Eileen Haggerty. Due to an unfortunate incident at birth, Bob was confined to a wheelchair and had limited movement and speech, yet he conveyed his thoughts in a way others could understand.
He lived at his home until 1999 at which time he moved to Elmwood Assisted Living and eventually to Elmwood Nursing Home. Bob was baptized on February 24, 2002 at Green Springs United Methodist Church by Reverend James Scott and held a strong faith in God. He worked at Sandco Industries in Fremont for many years.
Bob was quite the character and a very special person. He loved to joke and laugh and had the cutest smile. He teased everyone he could and kept the staff at Elmwood on their toes. He could be grumpy and stubborn at times, but in general he was pure, happy and humorous. He smiled often, laughed heartily, joked, teased, complained, and observed life with an intelligent mind.
He loved birds, lighthouses, and flowers. When he lived at his parents’ home he enjoyed watering and tending to his flowers, being outside (often sitting by the road waving to friends passing by), feeding corn to the birds, fishing, reading the newspaper, listening to music, and running over his mother’s toes with his wheelchair. At Elmwood he kept hermit crabs in his room and birdfeeders outside his window. He enjoyed flirting with pretty girls and blowing kisses to them.
Bob was loved by all and touched many lives. He was a joy to be around and had many friends who adored him. He was an inspiration and overall good guy. He will be missed by his family and friends, including his Elmwood family.
Bob is survived by his nieces, Beth Powers (Tim Kasper), Betsy Hackenburg (Mark), nephew, Jim (Buddy) Powers, great-nephews, Kole Hackenburg (Tricia) and Tyler Powers, great-nieces, Clori Hackenburg, Katrice Hackenburg, Curstin Hackenburg, Elisha Daniels and Jamie Powers; aunt, Ruth Smith, Republic, OH and many cousins
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Bea Powers.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 211 N Broadway St., Green Springs, OH.
Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2015; 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Guests attending the funeral are invited to join the family for a potluck dinner. Details will be given after the service.
Memorials may be made to Sandco Industries, The Food Pantry, or the donor’s choice.
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Bob will definitely be missed. He is so much already. I was on vacation when he passed. What a total shock this is. He was a great man always funny and yes flirtatious with all the women. Sympathy to the family Our thoughts are definitely with you at this time
i loved Bob. but we did at Elmwood. He kept us busy all through the night. I will forever miss him and his great smile. I was helping him learn to hum jingle bells. He was up to 4 notes. I told him that people who cant talk can still hum. He touched my life in so many way. Wont be the same without him. God bless all of you. And Bob, where ever you are, keep humming. I will be listening for you.
How do you tell someone that you are sorry for their loss when the loss is yours too? People come into your life and touch your heart and make you smile. Bob did that and so much more. I loved joking around with him and hearing him laugh. He was so much fun to tease and he was very good-natured about it. I am going to miss that. Life at Elmwood just isn’t going to be the same with him gone. I miss his face already!
What a wonderful guy that brought joy to me so many times. He made me laugh a lot and in return, I liked to make him laugh! We had a special bond in our environment and I will always cherish it! Rest in Peace Bob. You have touched many individuals and will be missed by all. Pat Alt
I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing you, Bob, but you sure sound like someone who would be the life of the party! Best wishes to your family in this time of sadness, and rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family.
My sisters and I loved to tease Bob, when were at Elmwood with mom (Judy Miller). My sister loved to tease him about eating his ice cream. I teased him about brussel sprouts. He always laughed and smiled. He was such a special man, and will be missed.