William Nagle

Obituary of William Nagle

William D. Nagle, 76, of 64 Eastnor Road died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Newport Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. He was the husband of A. Geraldine "Babe" Barry Nagle. Born in Newport on December 16, 1931, he was the son of the late Philip C. Nagle and Mary McKenna Nagle. Mr. Nagle worked for 29 as a teacher in the Middletown School Department. He was the head of the Business Department at the Middletown High School for about 25 years. He was also self-employed, as a Licensed Public Accountant. A 1949 graduate of DeLaSalle Academy, Mr. Nagle served four year in the US Air Force including 15 months in Korea during the war. Upon returning to Newport after his service time, he enrolled in Bryant College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Secondary Education. He graduated in 1958. Mr. Nagle earned a Masters in Education from Providence College in 1971. He was a member of the Newport Irish Heritage Association, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dennis E. Collins Division, Newport Yacht Club,National Society of Public Accountants, and a member and treasurer of the Museum of Newport Irish History. Mr. Nagle was a former Newport City Councilman for the fourth-ward serving six years from 1984 to 1990. During the 1970's and 80's he was an active member of the Newport Historic District Commission and the Waterfront Commission, serving for a time as chairman on both commissions. He was a communicant of St. Augustin Church. Besides his wife of nearly 50 years, he leaves a son Patrick B. Nagle of Marietta, GA; a daughter Maureen A. Davin, her husband Michael J. Davin, and two granddaughters Megan and Beth Davin all of Franklin, TN. He was the brother of Mary Sheekey of Newport, Elizabeth Bullock of Virginia and the late Kathleen Purdy of Groton, CT. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 10:00 am, at St. Augustin's Church, Carroll Ave, Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown's Ln, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 2, from 4:00-7:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations may be made in William's memory to the St. Augustin's Church Building Fund, 2 Eastnor Rd, Newport, RI , 02840. "Those we love must someday pass beyond our present sight, must leave us and the world we know without their radiant light. But we know that like a candle their lovely light will shine, to brighten up another place more perfect. . . more divine. And in the realm of Heaven where they shine so warm and bright, our loved ones live forevermore in God's eternal light."
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