G.A. Hagen, 69, of Alexandria, VA and Naples, FL died too soon Tuesday, August 21, 2018 with his best friend and wife, Barbara Allen-Hagen at his side. He was a devoted father to Trevor (Elisabeth) and Cavanaugh; brother of Harry (Chris), Brett (Pat) and John (Anne) Hagen and Katie Whitworth and proud grandfather of Kyllian and Kayden, and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
G.A. was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in October 2016. Knowing that G.A. looked forward to every new day, Barbara began what would be a medical education to find a cure. Her determination was matched only by his will to live.
G.A. was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1949, the oldest of 5 children to Harriet Cavanaugh Hagen and George Hagen Sr. That year, GA spent the first of a lifetime of summers at Lake Wallenpaupack. It was his favorite place in the world and those who were on the dock and stretched out on the lawn were his favorite people.
In 1963, Mr. Hagen accepted a position with the IRS and the family settled in Alexandria. G.A. graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 1968, where he was Class President and Captain of the football team and Key Club president. He then headed to Villanova University where he met Barbara Allen. They formed a partnership and lived a life enriched by G.A.'s sense of adventure. With Trevor and Cavanaugh in tow, they followed the paths that G.A.'s curiosity presented. They traveled to Europe, Canada, National and state parks, dozens of states and beaches anywhere and everywhere AND always Lake Wallenpaupack.
G.A. was a natural teacher. He was always quick to say that he taught and coached at T.C. Williams, Home of the Titans. He had a direct approach that originated in kindness and was felt by his 9th graders to his fellow teachers. All Hagen children--his own and the ones he claimed- know how to enter a room and greet people with warmth and grace. Many others have benefited from the same lesson.
Barbara retired from the Department of Justice in 2006, tested the waters in Florida and GA
joined her in retirement in 2010. They developed a love of California from visiting Cavanaugh and Trevor and his wife Liz. Their grandchildren Kyllian and Kayden made these trips seem not often or long enough, but tech savvy G.A. made full use of FaceTime to ensure he was truly a part their lives.
G.A. was a loyal fan to so many teams, a loyal friend to so many people, and his family will be blessed with the depth of this loyalty for the rest of their lives.
Visitation is Friday, August 24, from 5 - 7 pm at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Funeral mass is Saturday, August 25, 12:00 pm, at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington, VA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. http://www.themmrf.org .
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
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