Horace W. Sagnor, Jr.

Dec 1 1936
Oct 26 2022
85 Years
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Horace W. Sagnor, Jr., of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the Pocopson Home, West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Margaret L. Oliver Sagnor with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Horace W. Sagnor, Sr. and Ethel Marie McGinnis Sagnor and stepson to Elizabeth (Betty) Ferguson Sagnor who raised him.

Horace was a Coatesville area resident all his life and a 1955 graduate of the former Scott High School in Coatesville. He proudly served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed in Germany with the 83rd Artillery Regiment. He rarely left the house without a hat, pin, t-shirt or belt buckle that reflected his status as a veteran.

There were few things that Horace enjoyed more than talking to others about the military and aviation. He was an avid collector of model airplanes and military patches. These two things, along with his passion for photography, led to some of his photographs being published in magazines and books.

He also used his photography skills to create themed slide shows that were set to music and narrated by him. He had an Easter program, Christmas program and one called God & Country. Horace shared these all over Chester County for churches and various organizations.

He was employed by Millprint, later Alcoa, in Downingtown as an Assistant Pressman.

Horace was a faithful member of the Wagontown Union Chapel in Wagontown, PA and served the church in many capacities including a deacon.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by two sons; Bruce Sagnor and wife Rebecca of Parkesburg and Gary Sagnor and wife Donna of Coatesville, four granddaughters; Heather Lieberman and husband Liam, Holly Sagnor, Megan Sagnor and Bethany Sagnor and one great grandson Henry Lieberman.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Wagontown Union Chapel, 469 W Kings Hwy, Coatesville, PA 19320. Interment will be private.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Horace's honor to the County Corrections Gospel Mission, 127 Brandamore Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.
Online condolences may be respectfully posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Nov 3 2022 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wagontown Union Chapel


Sending my thoughts and prayers on Mr. Sagnor passing. When I worked for the Township, I enjoyed how well he always took such good care of his Pickup. Prayers to his family. Joe Killian

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Gary and Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers tou you and the rest of the family.

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We have lost a great friend who has joined his Heaven's family, but he left us with a life time of memories. Horace and I started our friendship in 1968 when he trained me for a press assistant position. What a great person and friend. 

My condolences to his family and friends . Horace is Heaven where we will join him one day.

We love you❤ Horace

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A gentleman, gentle man..called home to his maker. We need more Horaces on this earth
. God bless.

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Dear Peggy and sons, So sorry to hear about the loss of Horace’s!  Now he will be at peace and will be able to join his cousin Jim in heaven my what a reunion that will be! God bless you all!

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Bruce - sorry to hear about the loss of your father - many fond memories from years ago talking aviation and aircraft.

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A good friend for more than 60 years, Horace was one of the nicest people I have ever met.

He can now fly with the angels.  Rest in Peace

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Deeply saddened of the news of your passing Horace.....we had some great talks and always had good laughs. The aviation community is a tight group and we've lost a great one and you will be missed sir. Rest in peace Horace my friend.....🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Peggy, sons and family - our hearts are heavy to hear of Horace's passing.  I have such wonderful memories over the years and am grateful to have known Horace.  Peace to all of you, love Elaine, Aunt Ruthann, and Richard.

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Gary, Bruce, and family - so sorry to hear that Horace passed away. I still remember meeting him at the McGuire air show in ‘87 where we both enjoyed the flight demos… “I sure love that Tomcat!”, your father said. He became a longtime family friend that will be dearly missed by all of us. We wish you all the best in these difficult moments!

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Horace was a friend with me, My Mom and My Dad over the years. He used to stop in the Credit Union Office every day to chat with Mom and me. Horace and my Dad loved to go to Air shows. Now they can watch all the Air Shows that they want. So sorry for your loss!


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Peggy, Bruce and Gary.  My deepest sympathies.  Horace was a very kind, thoughtful and caring man.  He will be greatly missed.


Diane Schrack

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A very kind and caring gentleman. Horace would stop by the HR office just to chat. Always enjoyed talking with him! Also would see him at retirement lunches and shared work stories and a few laughs too. He will be missed!

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Peg and family - I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  God bless.

Carole Ward

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Peg,& Family- Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Horace was such a great guy. I was worried that I would learn sad news when I hadn’t heard from anyone for awhile. So glad we met you folks at the air show in Middletown,PA. Please know heaven gained another angel to watch over you each day.

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Dear Peggy, Bruce and Gary,

Yesterday I heard about the passing away of my dear penfriend Horace.

As a young aircraft enthusiast in the early eighties (I was +_17 years old) I once wrote a letter to a Sqn, the public relations officer somehow gave my address to Horace and I got an answer. No internet, no phone number, so we started writing each other. Sending photo's and trading patches. I still remember, coming home from school, every time looking in the mailbox if there was an "international envelope". If there was, it always gave a big smile on my face! Immediately setting up the slide projector and gathering my aviation friends to look at the special aircraft I received, we were always in awe. So many special aircraft we saw, and unreachable for us at that time. Only good memories!

A couple of years ago (about 5 years) I got my last letter from Horace, it still was good to receive a letter from him again.

Horace will always have a special place in my heart, we wrote numerous letters, they were always so nice to read. I am deeply saddened right now.

So sorry for your loss.


Frank Oenen

The Netherlands

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I just logged on to Facebook to send a birthday wish to my dear friend and saw he has passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish our talks about airplanes in the Airway's model shop at the Lancaster Airport. It was always a joy to see Horace and Peg. My sincere condolences. 

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