Jan. 1, 1933 – May 7, 2017
Robert P. Jagord, Air Force veteran and taxpayer advocate who worked tirelessly for the Cheektowaga community, died May 7 surrounded by his family at Sisters of Charity Hospital.
He was 84.
Mr. Jagord and his wife Alice (Choinski) Jagord spent most of their lives together living in Cheektowaga. They moved to Marilla in the early 2000s. They would have been married for 62 years on May 30, said Mrs. Jagord.
The first years of their marriage were spent on Bermuda, where Mr. Jagord served as an Air Force staff sergeant during the Korean War, Mrs. Jacord said. Upon his discharge, Mr. Jagord took on three jobs while attending night school at the University of Buffalo, said Mrs. Jagord.
"It took him seven years to earn his degree," she said. "We didn't have much time together, but with a mortgage, car payment and four kids, he worked and he never complained about it."
Mr. Jagord worked 38 years at the old Iroquois Gas Co. and National Fuel. He also was a licensed real estate broker, and a title searcher for Northeast Abstract & Title Co. of Syracuse.
Mr. Jagord never left the house without wearing his VFW cap, such was his devotion to those who served in the military, said Mark Jagord, his son.
"The only environment that he would be in without his VFW baseball cap was the barber shop."
Mr. Jagord's extensive involvement in the community and in veterans' affairs resulted in numerous awards and accolades. He was named "Outstanding Citizen" in 1970 by the former Cheektowaga Times. Former Erie County Comptroller Alfreda Slominski presented Mr. Jagord with the "Taxpayer Advocate Award" in 1987. The Paul J. Schifferli Disabled American Veterans Chapter 150 awarded him "Outstanding Service Award" in 1986.
Mr. Jagord was elected three times vice chairman of the Cheektowaga Republican Town Committee, 1982 to 1988. He also served as chairman of the former Maryvale U-Crest Cub Scout Pack 667 from 1962 to 1967.
In his retirement, Mr. Jagord had two favorite hobbies, recalled his son Mark.
"He enjoyed playing cards and reading The Buffalo News," said Mark. "He couldn't wait to get his newspaper. He looked forward to it."
In addition to his wife and his son Mark, Mr. Jagord is survived by: three more sons, Ronald, James and Robert M., and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Vincent DePaul Church, 6441 Seneca St., Elma. Interment will be at Marilla Cemetery on Two Rod Road.