Friday, November 2, 2018

Donald “Chris” Haggerty

Wellsville, NY - Donald “Chris” Haggerty of Little Valley, formerly of Wellsville. It is with great sadness that the family of Donald “Chris” Haggerty announces his unexpected passing October 31, 2018. He was born in Libertyville, Illinois on December 27, 1962 to the late Donald W. and Mary C. (Nord) Haggerty. Upon graduating from Lake Forest High School he moved to Jamestown NY.  There he met the love of his life and best friend, Linda Flint. They were married in Jamestown, NY on May 31, 1991.

Chris was a 1989 graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Massachusetts with an AS in Turf Management.  In 1991 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BS in Integrated Pest Management, a program that was developed especially for him and an accomplishment that he was particularly proud of. 

Chris was a devoted family man, passionate golf course superintendent and loved outdoor activities. Chris’ favorite times were the time he spent with his family on their numerous trips around the country, and the time they spent together camping, boating, skiing and golfing. He was a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and Cubs,and was always there to support his children as they competed in a multitude of sports, including little league, wrestling and marching band.

From a young age he found a talent working with tools and machinery. From boats, motorcycles, and heavy equipment to woodworking, electronics, and construction, there wasn’t a project he couldn’t complete. He loved a challenge and would never replace something that could be fixed.This served him well in his long career as a Golf Course Superintendent. At the time of his passing he was employed at Elkdale Country Club. He was dedicated to providing an excellent course for them because he felt so welcomed and supported there. Chris was a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America and former member of the Western NY Superintendent’s Association.

In addition to his beloved wife Linda and mother Mary, Chris is survived by his daughter Sarah (Cece Roche) of Colorado, and sons Bradley of Rochester, Scott, Quintin and Ryan of Wellsville. He is also survived by his brother Steven (Caroline) Haggerty of FL, sisters Suzy (PJ) Carroll of IL,and Dana Haggerty of AR, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister M. Nord Haggerty, brother W. Quint Haggerty and infant daughter Scotti Haggerty. Chris was a man of incredible integrity and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haggerty Children College Fund care of Community Bank Bolivar Road Wellsville or the Sierra Club.

Friends may visit the family at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3rd from 6 pm until 8 pm in Wellsville, NY. A Memorial service will be held at Crosstown Alliance Church Wellsville Campus Sunday, November 4th at 2 pm. To leave online condolances please visit

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