Cmdr. W. Harvey Jagoe of New Hope

navyCmdr. W. Harvey Jagoe, U.S. Navy, (retired), of New Hope, Pa., died on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Yardley, Pa., from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 89 years old.

Born in Bogota, Cmdr. Jagoe has been a resident of New Hope for 25 years. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, class 1948 A, where he was the captain of the tennis team. He earned his masters degree in aeronautical engineering from Cranfield College, a college at Oxford University, at Cranfield, England. As a career naval officer he served as a carrier pilot, test pilot and a technical mapping engineer. He served in the Korean War and was stationed for an extended time in Nova Scotia. He retired from the Navy from NADC Warminster (the former Johnsville Naval Air Force) in Pennsylvania in 1968. Cmdr. Jagoe later worked with Gentex in Carbondale, Pa., where his military expertise assisted with the design of protective gear and life support equipment for military pilots. He retired from Gentex after 26 years of service. His design work on behalf of pilots’ safety was recognized with the Paul Koch Award from SAFE, the military air safety organization. He was a member of the Solebury Farmers Club, the Solebury Historical Society, the Bucks County Audubon Society and the New Hope Historical Society.

He was the son of William Black Jagoe and Alice Freda North Jagoe.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Grant Jagoe; his children, Larry Jagoe of New Hope and Terry Shull of Prince Frederick, Md.; his children by marriage, Reginald Grant and his wife Maureen of Asheville, N.C., Jeffrey Grant of Hilltown, Pa., Peg Marty of Solebury, Pa., and Timothy Grant of Doylestown, Pa.; his grandchildren, Kerrin Kenney and her husband Bryan of Scituate, R.I., Cid Shull and Michael Shull of Prince Frederick, Whitney Jagoe of Boston; Matthew Grant of Quakertown, Pa., and Gavin Grant of Hilltown, Hannah and Sarah Marty of Stockton and his great-granddaughter, Brooke Kenney of Scituate.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, 6587 Upper York Road (Route 263) at N. Sugan Road, New Hope (Solebury Township), Pa. Committal services with military honors will take place that afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Crossing Cemetery, Newtown, Pa.

Memorial donations may be made to the Solebury Historical Society, Ned Harrington Scholarship Fund, PO Box 525, Solebury, PA 18963 or to the charity of your choice.

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