William A. Hoag, age 91, resident of Sandy Creek, passed away Thursday at his home in Spring Hill, Florida.
Bill was born and raised a Sandy Creek boy, attending Sandy Creek School, graduating with honors and was a basketball star and speech club member. Bill attended St. Lawrence University and UCLA, until the call of his country and World War II came calling.
He enlisted in the aviation cadets and then after training at flying facilities across the country he got his wings and was shipped overseas to the Pacific Theater. There, instead of flying, he was called upon to preside over a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines. He was beloved by the prisoners, who went so far as to construct the fence around the camp themselves when a visiting general demanded that one be built. As Bill often remarked they never did get around to installing the gates. He was in training to take part in the invasion of Japan, when the Atomic bombs effectively ended the war, and probably saved his life.
Stateside, he attended Albany Law School on the GI bill graduating in 1949. While there he was hospitalized for appendicitis. A beautiful nurse was called in one afternoon to give him a bath. He asked for her number and she told him its in the book. Six weeks later he and the nurse, Winifred H. Hamilton were engaged to be married.
They moved back to Sandy Creek where he established a successful law practice and together they raised three children. He was active in public affairs, acting as Oswego County DSS attorney, as an Oswego County Assistant District Attorney as well as being elected to several terms as Sandy Creek Town Supervisor. He was also active in several local groups including the Masons, VFW Post 8534 in Lacona, and the Sandy Creek Methodist Church. An avid golfer and barbershop quartet member, he won the club championship of the Elms golf club three times, the last being in 1980, and his quartet the Keynoters were crowned district champions.
He retired in 1985 and he and Wini traveled the world and retired to Florida. Wini passed away November 21, 2012.
William is survived by his daughter Patricia Chapyak of Brooksville, Florida, his son Christopher Hoag of Annapolis, MD, his son Thomas Christopher of Sandy Creek, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A Joint Memorial Service for William and Winifred will be held June 29, 2013 at a time to be announced. Arrangements by Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski.