July 10, 1933 ~ November 15, 2021

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Bernard Matthew Hagan, 88, of Owensboro, Kentucky, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021, under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born on July 10, 1933, to the late George Sylvester Hagan, Sr. and Ruth Wathen Hagan. Bernard was a member of St. Stephen Cathedral and in his younger days, the Legion of Mary. He was a firefighter for the city of Owensboro for 26 years and in addition worked as a carpenter. He was an Army Veteran, during the Korean War, where he courageously served our country.

Bernard had a passion for his Catholic faith and spent many hours making rosaries and donating them to local Catholic churches. He enjoyed crossword puzzles that he would do in ink, and volunteering his carpentry skills, especially for the Passionist Nuns and local parishes of the community.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Weisbrook Hagan; five sisters, and four brothers.

Bernard is survived by his daughters, Geri (Dan) Kramer, Beni (Don) Howell, and Nici (Jon) Kelley; his grandchildren, Samantha (Joel Bednar) Brewer, Dana (Eric) Castlen, Zeb (Courtney) Kramer, Trey Howell, Cole Howell, and Matthew (Autumn) Kelley; and his great-grandchildren, Lucas Kramer, Hadrian Kramer, Eden Kramer, Abram Kramer, Eliya Kramer, Kora Jane Castlen, Alex Brewer, and Jack Brewer.

Mass of Chrisitan burial will be 11:00 am Saturday, November 20, 2021, at St. Stephen Cathedral with Father Sinoj Pynadath HGN as celebrant. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, November 19, 2021, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary and prayers at 6:00 pm with Father John Vaughan.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of charitable donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathen’s Crossing, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Hagan. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Bernard Matthew Hagan and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Mass of Christian Burial: November 20, 2021 11:00 am

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: November 19, 2021 4:00 pm - November 19, 2021 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Rosary: November 19, 2021 6:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Dear Geri, Beni and Nici, My heart goes out to you for the loss of your father. I will always remember with great fondness how Uncle Bernard helped my Daddy with construction projects around our house over many years and how, when Daddy wasn’t available, Mama would call on her brother for help with emergency breakdowns. Uncle Bernard never failed to share his time and talent with our family. He is one of God’s caring angels. May he rest in peace.
    Love, from your cousin Theresa

    • Theresa we appreciate your memory and love for our Dad. He had big shoes and walked as best he could, next to those of Jesus and I can only pray that my footsteps fall somewhere in between. Love and hugs

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