Joseph Stagg

Obituary of Joseph J. Stagg

Stagg, Joseph "Jay" Sr East Greenbush, NY passed peacefully May 23, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with Myelodysplastic blood disorder (MDS).  Jay was the beloved husband of 57 years to Jeanne Orr Stagg; and is also survived by sons Joseph J. Stagg Jr. and his wife Christina; son Scott Stagg and his daughter Lisa Savoia and her husband Luciano. Grandpa Jay was proud of his grandchildren, Jessica Dolphin and her husband Stefan, Amanda and Alyssa Morin, and Samantha O'Dell along with his great grandchildren Charlee and Carsten Dolphin, Luna Rivera and Giavanna Morone. Jay is also survived by his brothers George (Jeannie) and Thomas(Nancy) Stagg; two sisters Carol Whitbeck and Earl(deceased) and Pamela Gould and Bob(deceased).  He was predeceased by his brothers Uberto, Benjamin and Arthur Stagg.  Jay is also survived by many nieces and nephews and leaves behind many cherished close friends who were his family. 


Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, the son of Uberto Keenon Stagg, Sr. and Doris Finer Stagg, Jay grew up in Castleton.  After High School, he proudly served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS Bennington where he was a Naval Airman working on flight deck operations and responsible for catapulting aircraft into the air. He then worked for Red Star trucking and Morris's Body Shop. His love of auto mechanics led him to own and operate Jay Stagg Auto Repair and Body Shop in Schodack for over 20 years.  


Jay was an active member of his community.  He served as President of the Schodack Business Association and was an honored member of the Rensselaer Elks Club where he was the Dart League president.  For many years he could be seen in his Arctic Cat snowmobile suit as part of the Cordial Greens Sledders Club where he met and made many wonderful friends.  A man who had many projects, Jay could fix anything.  He worked hard and he played hard but most of all his family was his priority. His children and his grandchildren were the apple of his eye and he loved them with his "Big Jay" heart along with many of their childhood friends that considered him a second Dad.  One of his favorite things to do was to go camping and boating in the Adirondacks with his family.   He loved trips to the casino, watching NASCAR and traveling in his RV to Florida with his sweetheart Jeanne and his beloved dogs Tasha and Angel. 


The family would like to thank Dr Hussain and staff at NYOH especially Ashley and Amy for their care and compassion.  


Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jay's visitation hours with his family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Tpe., Rensselaer.  Funeral Services with military honors will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 10 am Holy Spirit Church 667 Columbia Tpk. in East Greenbush.  


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Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 27, 2022
Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc.
165 Columbia Tpk
Rensselaer, New York, United States
Calling Hours

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Holy Spirit Church
667 Columbia Tpk.
East Greenbush, New York, United States
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