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Vol. 17 No. 36 - June 21, 2017


Thanks to the Hagen family

A longtime Island friend passed away at 11:08 a.m. Saturday morning. The family notified me soon after and I could not help having the emotions well up inside me regarding Rex Hagen's passing.

Rex and his late wife, Helen, started coming to the Island in the 1950s and their family has been making charitable donations that benefit the children and adults of this Island for as long as I can remember. As a former Holmes Beach commissioner and mayor, I looked with Rex at yearly projects that would benefit kids. In recent years, we would meet at my home or at Hurricane Hank's to discuss the latest funding requests made by the various cities.

Rex loved the Community Center and his daily game of tennis, and he put his money where his mouth was by paying to maintain the courts. Thanks to Rex and many others, our ball fields, gyms and skate park are packed with kids.

Rex did not care about all the politics; he wanted to help the kids and he made recreational activities for our kids, adults and dogs a priority. I am honored the Hagen family allowed me to go to his home and say goodbye to him.

Thank you for sharing your parents with us for all these years.

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