Jay Will ‘Dub’ Heglar, 91, former superintendent of Kure Beach Public Works and interim police chief when needed

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Jay Will Heglar
Jay Will Heglar

Jay Will Heglar, known as ‘Dub’ to most people, passed away peacefully on Friday, Febrary 26, 2016, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center to join the love of his life, Hazel, in heaven.

Hazel preceded Dub in death shortly after celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary 18 months ago. Dub leaves behind his two sons, Harold (Diane) and Jerry (Cathy); three grandsons, David (Lisa), Mike (Shari) and Derrick (Jenny); and five great-grandchildren, Elise, Erin, Matt, Dylan and Hayden Heglar.

Dub was born in Iredell County, on June 23, 1924. He lived his younger years in the Mooresville area. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific arena during the war. After completing that duty, he returned home, and he and Hazel moved to the Kure Beach area in 1948. Dub served the town of Kure Beach as interim police chief, when needed, but over 20 years of his working career was as superintendent of Public Works in Kure Beach.

After retiring in 1986, Dub spent most of his time in his famous garden; people on the island simply know it as The Garden. Dub maintained his large garden, growing enough vegetables to give away to anyone that happened to show up in his driveway. He was a generous person with his vegetables as well as his advice and stories to all who would listen. Dub was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Carolina Beach until his health made it hard for him to attend church. The family would like to thank all of Dub’s physicians, especially Neil Musselwhite, and all of his hospice caregivers.

The family will receive guests at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Fellowship Hall of his church, St. Paul’s UMC in Carolina Beach. A service to celebrate Dub’s life will be held afterward at 2 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors.

In place of flowers, the family asks for donations to the St. Paul’s UMC Building Fund, P.O. Box 356, Carolina Beach, NC 28428; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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