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Everett E. Bagley passed away on January 10, 2024 at the age of 98, at the Overlook
Community, Charlton, MA, where he and his late wife, Lillian, had lived for many years. The
couple were married for 69 years.
He was born on October 6, 1925 in the Cary Hill Section of Brockton, MA the son of Lucy
Canfield Bagley and Edwin Bagley. He attended Brockton Schools leaving three months before
graduation to enlist in the U.S. Navy. Because of his class standing he was graduated with a
diploma along with his class. After military service he graduated from Thayer Academy in
Braintree, MA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA with a degree in Chemical
Engineering. At the time, Everett wanted nothing more than to serve in the U.S. Navy and the
major battles being fought in the Pacific. After Basic Training he attended Diesel Engine School
graduating with the designation of Motor Machinist’s Mate (MoMM3), (Petty Officer 3 rd Class).
He was assigned to the USS LST 1025, a temporary hospital ship. Shortly after his ship was
assigned to Operations (Troop Landings/Invasions). In 1944 he had been rapidly promoted to
(MoMM1) and was assigned to the LST 1025 engine room as Temporary Chief (MoMMC) in
charge as the most trained and experienced of older sailors under his supervision in the engine
room. This 18-year-old went on to earn the respect and loyalty of these men. The USS LST 1025
participated in major battles such as Leyte, Mindoro, Lingayen Gulf and others. Their major
duties involved landing troops on the islands and returning battle-weary, injured and dead to
hospital ships and transports. The battles of the Pacific Islands were horrific and resulted in the
loss of thousands of young lives. It was more than 50 years before Everett was willing to discuss
anything about his wartime U.S. Naval career.
In 1947 he married Lillian A. Smith of West Bridgewater at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in
Brockton, MA. After graduation From Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Everett and Lillian
moved to Lodi, New Jersey where Everett began a career with E.I. DuPont. During his career he
worked at the DuPont Plants in New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina and finally
Wilmington, Delaware where he retired after 35 years. The couple were active in the Episcopal
Church, Masonic Order, International Order of Shriners, and Eastern Star in North Carolina and
Delaware. Everett worked very successfully in his field, being involved with several major
contributions in the development of synthetic materials and plastics, one of the most notable
being development of a tinted plastic used in the production of automobile safety glass. Toward
the end of his career his focus changed to computer programming and critical delivery/supply
systems for large companies.
Everett was devoted to his family and wherever they lived Everett and Lillian, always working as
a team, made a comfortable, welcoming home. Throughout his life Everett kept in contact with
his five best friends from his Brockton youth. After their son, Jeffrey Kendall Bagley, was born,
they would travel to Massachusetts to celebrate with family on each of the major holidays.
When their two granddaughters were born, Jeffrey and his family became the focus of Everett
and Lillian’s lives.
After Everett’s retirement, the couple moved to Cape Cod and built their retirement home in
Hatchville, one of the Falmouth villages. Here they enjoyed being neighbors of Lillian’s brother
and family. They took advantage of all that Cape Cod had to offer including Everett’s volunteer
work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the
Cahoon Museum of American Art. When Lillian’s health began to deteriorate, they became one
of the first to buy into the new Masonic Life Community in Charlton, MA.
Everett is predeceased by his mother Lucy Goodwin and stepfather Michael Goodwin. He is
survived by his son Jeffrey and wife Laurice; granddaughters Margaret E. and Molly E. Bagley
of Glastonbury, CT; Brother-in-law; Clarence L. “Roy” Smith and wife Cynthia R. of Mashpee,
MA; nephews Jason C. and wife Cynthia C. of Mashpee, MA, Aaron J. Smith of Falmouth, MA;
and cousin Lillian Canfield of Brockton, MA.
All are welcome to gather on Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. for a calling hour followed by his funeral
service at 11 a.m. at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St. Brockton and burial at Pine Hill
Cemetery, West Bridgewater.